Category: Community Written by Inc.com
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It's natural to hire like-minded people. But by doing so, you might be missing crucial ingredients for your company's success.
Typically, leaders think to build teams based on job title: CTO, CMO, VP of Engineering, Director of Sales.
While functional leadership roles must certainly be filled, slotting talented people into an org chart will never unlock your company's fullest potential.
By thinking of your team only in terms of roles, you risk building a group with homogeneous cultural attributes. This is an easy trap to fall into, as we tend to hire like-minded people, often in our own image. But by doing so, we miss crucial ingredients for success by passing over candidates who just might be the difference makers.
Rather than only looking at educational background and functional experience, make sure your organization has each of these personality types:
While the rest of the company is heads down on the challenges of the day, someone needs to be heads up, willing to dream wildly and think ahead. When your organization has a senior leader who focuses on what's possible and breathes reinvention, you have a chance to reach those stellar, dreamed-about heights. Without this foresight, you run the disastrous risk of sliding into bureaucratic mediocrity. Growth won't happen by protecting old ideas. You must employ a champion to push the organization forward into uncharted waters.
As a venture capitalist, I regularly see start-ups sputter because they're so focused on vision that they don't take the unsexy, detail-oriented work seriously. If your team is all grandeur and no precision, you'll end up lagging behind instead of accelerating ahead. It is rare to find a founder who is world-class at both vision and execution, so make sure there is balance to your team. Countless great visions crashed and burned because there was no one owning the role of disciplined follow-through until completion.
The Customer Advocate
Someone has to live and breathe for your customers. A deep, empathetic understanding of your customers' wants and needs can make the difference between realizing enormous success and fizzling out. Many companies start with a brilliant insight on how to better serve customer needs, but then make the shift to an internal focus as they grow. A key leader who never loses touch with the market satisfaction is as important as keeping the lights on.
The Street Fighter
Academic, manicured approaches rarely work in fast-growing companies. Irrespective of job title, someone needs to be the voice of grit and determination. The courage and commitment to do whatever it takes to achieve cannot be understated. In the words of Alexander the Great, "I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion."
The average customer sees more than 3,000 brand messages a day, so someone on your leadership team needs to be in the zone while pounding on the table and demanding attention. Unless a team member is foaming at the mouth to shout your story from the mountaintops, you'll be lost in the nonstop noise. Think of the magic that Steve Jobs, Oprah, and Donald Trump have unleashed to make ignoring them simply impossible.
In the same way that a football team loses if it has all running backs and no defensive tackles, your organization is at risk if it's missing key personality attributes. It is possible that some individuals may possess multiple traits; just make sure each characteristic is represented with strength around the leadership table.
It's time to think of your org chart by leadership traits instead of functional roles. Get this right, and you'll be unstoppable.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 October 2012 17:44
Category: Community Written by Elev8.com
October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This awareness is represented by a pink ribbon and pink items.
The Pink Ribbon is recognized as a symbol of support for breast cancer issues, treatment and especially for finding a cure. More importantly, the key motivational spirit behind the Pink Ribbon movement, is to make every woman and adolescent girl – across all age groups, aware, the importance of breast health and screening.
Breast diseases are very common. Most of us would have come across a friend, a work colleague or a family member who has been affected by Breast cancer. Perhaps, early detection could have saved our loved ones. By wearing a Pink Ribbon, you may just have reminded a woman to take the mammogram or breast self exam, that she may have been putting of.
In 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors. At the same time, Evelyn Lauder, who was the senior corporate vice president of Estee Lauder and Penny Alexandra who was an editor of the woman health magazine Self, came up with an idea to create a ribbon that the cosmetics giant Estee Lauder would distribute it in stores in New York City. Evelyn Lauder then promised to spread the ribbons in the entire country, but a color for the ribbon was not yet decided. Soon afterwards the ribbon became an identifying symbol for the fight against breast cancer. Son the color pink became the signature color. It isnow easy to find many stores selling pink items to support the cause.
The American Cancer Society estimates nearly 226,870 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2012, and another 63,300 will be diagnosed with a non-invasive, early form of breast cancer, according to a prepared statement. Breast cancer remains a leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer. More than 39,500 women will die from the disease in 2012. One woman in every eight will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 October 2012 14:06
Category: Community Written by Huffingtonpost
We have a winner: congratulations to La Feria, the tapas wine bar that will open in Detroit.
Organizers for the Comerica Hatch Detroit retail contest announced Thursday that the concept from Elias Khalil, Pilar Baron Hidalgo and Naomi Khalil has won the grand prize of $50,000 and support services to open their bar, complete with patio and the atmosphere of southern Spain. They have a space selected, a building they will share with an art gallery at Cass Avenue and West Willis Street in the Cass Corridor neighborhood.
More than 250 business plans were submitted to the contest, and earlier this month, the public cast 30,000 votes to whittle the 10 semifinalists down to a final group of four that included Detroit Vegan Soul, Detroit River Sports and Rock City Pies.
But the intention of Comerica Hatch Detroit isn't just to launch just one business. Through connections, introductions and promotion, the contest can help move all the semifinalists forward, Hatch cofounder Nick Gorga explained.
"We wanted to be confident any business the public selected would have a good chance of being a viable business," he said about last year's contest, the first for Hatch. "Our goal was not to just hatch one business, but to hatch hopefully 10 businesses."
2011 winner Joe Posch has been gearing up to open his store Hugh this fall in the Auburn development, also on Cass, and others contestants like the Detroit Institute of Bagels have been moving forward with plans to open shop.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 October 2012 11:43
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle
A new exhibition will prove that it’s possible to see one man forty-four different ways.
Visions of Our 44th President, a groundbreaking, collective art exhibit, was created to honor and celebrate the significance of the first African American President of the United States, Barack Obama. Forty-four busts were created from a model that served as a blank canvas, giving each of forty-four contemporary artists from across the country free reign to creatively interpret this milestone in American history.
“After close study of each of the artists’ work, one experiences so many different emotions, understanding the artists’ talent, inspiration and creativity,” said Peter Kaplan of Our World, LLC, who collaborated with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. He continued, “Some of the painted busts are thought provoking, serious and strong, some simply lovely and sweet; all are unique and revealing.”
In 2008, Kaplan represented an artist that created one of the official posters for the Obama campaign. Through that association of creativity and purpose, Visions became Kaplan’s dream. It took four years for the exhibition to come to fruition, and Kaplan says the exhibition’s “integration of art, culture and promise are my passion.”
Visions of Our 44th President opens at The Wright Museum before becoming its first national traveling exhibit, visiting prestigious museums, libraries, universities and galleries across the country. At the conclusion of the tour, the exhibit will become a part of The Wright Museum’s permanent collection. Visions of Our 44th President is guest curated by Ashley Whitfield.
To learn more, including how you can help support this once-in-a-life- time undertaking, please visit VisionsOfOur44thPresident.com
Last Updated on Monday, 01 October 2012 11:47
Category: Community Written by WWJ
(Photo: AAA Michigan) Pink tow trucks will soon be patrolling downtown Detroit.
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Think burly tow truck drivers and pink don’t mix? Think again.
AAA Michigan has tow trucks “going pink” to raise awareness for breast cancer month.
For the first time in AAA Michigan’s nearly 100-year history, it is painting its classic red, white and blue tow trucks pink in collaboration with the American Cancer Society.
AAA’s new pink tow trucks will service downtown Detroit throughout the month of October. The two pink-outfitted trucks will assist those who live and work in the area, including downtown Detroit’s busy financial, entertainment, sports and cultural districts.
“Our hope is that these pink tow trucks will garner attention and spread awareness to help in the fight against breast cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer death in women,” said Gerry Gutowski, senior vice president, AAA Automotive Services, AAA Michigan.
In addition to the pink trucks, AAA will also play an integral role in helping to host the more than 15,000 walkers expected on October 13h for the Makes Strides to End Breast Cancer Walk, starting and ending at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. AAA is a sponsor of the event; it will host its own team of walkers to raise money for the American Cancer Society and will also provide free roadside assistance to any walkers who may have car troubles with lockouts, flat tires or dead batteries. Both pink tow trucks will be on display at the event and will be available to assist anyone, both members and nonmembers, in need.
“I am a cancer survivor and I know how much cancer affects everyone, from yourself to your family members and friends,” said Brent Stahlheber, senior vice president and chief brand officer for AAA Michigan. He will lead the AAA Michigan team at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Detroit.
AAA will also paint tow trucks pink in both Chicago and Orlando to help support the American Cancer Society’s walks in those markets. This tri-city initiative, and related courtesy services to the three Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks, is part of AAA’s long-standing commitment to community service and its new partnership with the American Cancer Society.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 October 2012 09:49
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