Human-based Leadership – Great lessons to learn and do

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Authentic leaders have integrity and lead with compassion for their people.  Like all other leaders they have the vision, insight, influence and followers.  But the difference between a regular and authentic leader is that the authentic leaders care.  They truly care about their constituents“…..”The world is changing and competition is all around us.  The need for authentic leaders is more important than ever.  If you’re in position of authority, ask yourself the question: Is doing the right thing your way of doing things?  Are you there to serve or be served?  Hopefully your answers are doing the right thing and to serve your constituents.”

Herb Kelleher, the former CEO of Southwest Airlines, is an example of an authentic leader.  A question was once asked  him about which one is more important, the shareholders, customers or employees.   He said that the employees come first and if employees are treated right, they treat the outside world right, the outside world uses the company’s product again, and that makes the shareholders happy.  That is the way it works and it’s not a conundrum at all (Kelleher, 1998, 76).

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BankSimple – a new age internet bank – User experience is key

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The New York tech startup, which in May launched a closed-beta version of its web app, aims to streamline the U.S. banking experience by decoupling it from actual banks. Services such as Mint and LearnVest have toyed with this notion for years, launching sleek personal-finance tools that source stats from existing accounts. BankSimple plans to one-up them all by offering checking accounts, debit cards, and more. The twist: Rather than handling cash, it partners with “back-end” banks, so employees can prioritize user satisfaction. “Our core brand value is ‘Don’t suck,’ ” Reich says.

Here’s the full interview

Listening to CIO – Shirley Cunningham, CIO at Monsanto

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As CIO at Monsanto, Shirley is a member of the strategy team. Becoming a member of the strategy team came with a change in role for  IT – that from being an order taker to a strategic partner sharing responsibility for the business’s growth.

Being a strategic business partner rather than a support organization requires a deep understanding of the business – that is why over 35% of Monsanto’s R&D IT group has science backgrounds with 10% having PhD’s. They don’t just support the product development process – they are a key driver of it. This shift from being a more traditional IT department not only required a whole new level of leadership; it required a complete mindset shift.

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Smart Grid Analytics – A new area of opportunity!

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The market for smart grid analytics – the technology which monitors and analyses the consumption of electricity – is expected to generate $4.2bn worldwide by 2015, rising from just $356m in 2010, according to Pike Research.

Many technology suppliers have already seized the opportunity to take a share of this fast growing market and developed robust business intelligence solutions.

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What will be state of Analytics in 2020?

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Here’s a interesting survey & findings of where will Analytics be in 2020.

  1. 100% of Analytics will be embedded in the process
  2. Unstructured Analytics will dominate
  3. Analytics will be pushed Vs Pulled

Interesting,  here’s the link

Secret to Creativity – Learn from Einstein

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Here’s an interesting book that is getting released by Dave on this topic! Take a look 63.02.BorrowingBrilliance

Social Business Intelligence – The coming boom

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Gartner has identified the impact of social media as one of four broad trends that will change IT, and the economy, in the next 10 years. In relation to the workplace, Gartner research predicts that worldwide enterprise collaborative decision-making (CDM) software revenue will to reach $US 769.2 million by the end of 2011, up 15.7 percent from 2010. A separate Gartner study predicts that Social BI adoption will accelerate greatly over the next 18 months, accounting for around 15 percent of all BI deployment by 2013.

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