Thursday, November 14, 2013

Manage up?

Sage advice from the folks at Forbes here "My advice on managing up - don't".  I worked with a few executives who were brilliant at it at couple of the Fortune 100, with success to boot.

"...the best way to be looked upon favorably by those you report to is not through various charades and other forms of skulduggery, but by simply doing your job and serving them well. When the emphasis of your efforts shifts away from others and to yourself you have placed yourself on a very slippery slope. If you want to move up in the organization let it be the quality of your work that catapults you upward, not your skill in manipulation. If your timetable for career acceleration isn’t matching up with that of your employer, surface your concerns with them in a straight-forward fashion, don’t revert to amateurish corporate hi-jinks."

The upwards manager does not realize that their organization thinks poorly of them or outright does not respect them, if they do not share and bring the results down.  In the end, they are short timers.

Replies to the article are particularly interesting.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Open data

Celebration of open data, some interesting insights, still a ways to go.  Read the article at The Economist here.  Details from McKinsey, AidData, Open Government Foundation, Open Data Institute, and others.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Worldwide - Women's impact on economics, education, health, and politics

Delightful info-graphic from The Economist on women's impact on the various aspects of various countries around the world.  Read details here.