Monday, July 25, 2011

News of Interest: Google+

Laurel Delaney, Google+
Are you on Google+? I am ( Currently, Google+ is in a "beta trial period," meaning it is an invitation-only product and will be available globally (hopefully) later.

Here's how Google defines Google+:
The Google+ ( ) project aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life. Check out Circles, Sparks, and Hangouts, just a few of the things we've ...
To get up to speed fast, read:

Google+:  What Is It, and How Do I Get It?
... but the big difference (between Facebook and Google+) is that with Google+, you can choose who you want to share these things with. ~ Source:
Google Takes on Facebook With New Social Network Google+

Is Google+ Really Google Buzz 2.0?

A Review of Google+

Illustration credit:  Google+ Project

I like Google+ because it will give us, as business owners, a chance to share the right stuff with the right people to grow strategically.  Take a tour here.

Hope we connect on Google+ soon.  

Posted by:  Women Presidents' Organization Chicago

Monday, July 18, 2011

Article of Interest: How to Breed a Management Rebel

Good stuff from our friend and colleague Gary Hamel (pictured). 

Inventing Management 2.0

In it, he talks about busting bureaucratic practices and discovering new ways of motivating, organizing, compensating and goal setting.  For example, does this sound anything close to how you currently run your business?
... the management model found in your organization most likely over-weights the views of senior executives, undervalues unconventional thinking, discourages full transparency, deters initiative, frustrates experimentation and encourages an entirely unwarranted reverence for precedence. In so doing, Management 1.0 squanders the leadership talents of just about everyone apart from the CEO.
Find out how you might become a management (Presidential) rebel here.  Go ahead:  shake it up! 

Note:  Gary Hamel was the keynote speaker for our WPO Conference 2006 in Chicago.

Posted by:  Women Presidents' Organization Chicago

Monday, July 11, 2011

Case Study of Interest: Firing Your Best Friend

With business revenue drying up, Susan Southerland, owner and President of Just Marry, was cutting expenses everywhere (sound familiar?).  But could she really fire her best friend?

When things get tough, the tough get going.  See what she does here:

Case Study
Nothing Personal
Inc. Magazine
Should This Wedding Planner Fire Her Best Friend?

Have you ever had a similar experience?  What did you do?