Leadership On the Edge


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  1. Google has become Alphabet. Legal tricks and fresh perspectives.
  2. An important negotiation tool…silence.
  3. Why Baby Boomers get pink slips.
  4. Having difficult conversations starts with culture.
  5. Speaking of culture…can it be scaled successfully? Perhaps.
  6. Are passwords enough to protect your security? Probably not.
  7. Foster an innovation culture by using these four tips.
  8. Good advice isn’t always…good advice.
  9. Mentor’s help elevate and propel leaders.
  10. Lastly, understand the “frenzy” over high-tech talent.


In Leadership On the Edge BLG presents thought provoking articles, videos, and news from the world of leadership.

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Why Leaders Need a Shakeup: Google Becomes Alphabet


google shakeup

On Monday Google formed a new company called Alphabet. Google Inc. will become part of Alphabet Inc.. This arrangement will allow Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to continue to work on different projects (like extending human life) without distracting from Google’s search and video goals. Sundar Pichai, Page’s lieutenant, will become the new CEO of Google.

Larry Page defends the shakeup in his blog:

“We’ve long believed that over time companies tend to get comfortable doing the same thing, just making incremental changes. But in the technology industry, where revolutionary ideas drive the next big growth areas, you need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant.”

The sudden shift gives both Google cofounders the space and the tools to work on new, innovative projects without upsetting investors. They hope that the shift will bring about the following:

“We are excited about…

  • Getting more ambitious things done.
  • Taking the long-term view.
  • Empowering great entrepreneurs and companies to flourish.
  • Investing at the scale of the opportunities and resources we see.
  • Improving the transparency and oversight of what we’re doing.
  • Making Google even better through greater focus.
  • And hopefully…as a result of all this, improving the lives of as many people as we can.”

Sometimes it is important for leaders to turn their business or their routines upside down in order to pursue new goals and innovation. Now Google cofounders can shoot for the moon and engage in Blue Ocean thinking without worrying about derailing their search business.


BLG Leadership Insights offers advice to leaders, entrepreneurs, and students  

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10 Videos That Will Increase Your Productivity

productivity videos

1. First, let’s start with the science behind productivity.

2. Getting things done is sometimes about saying, “NO!” thinks Steve Jobs.

3. Eddie Obeng tells us productivity is about…failure

4. To be productive, focus on happiness.

5. Productivity may mean ending you social life.

6. Merlin Mann tells Google how to get things done.

7. To be productive, master the “Pomodoro Technique.”

8. Tim Ferris of 4-Hour Workweek fame discusses productivity and introduces the 4 hour day.

9. Take advice from Nick Cave’s creative process and productive work habits.

10. Ray Bradbury’s persistence boosts productivity.

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Top 5 Social Media and Tech Stories of the Day 5.12.11

It hasn’t been a slow day so far in the world of social media and tech. Check out these interesting stories about what’s going on:

1. Facebook developer Buddy Media buys Spinback

2. Using Social Media is all about implementation

3. Informative story about Facebook’s PR attack against Google

4. Are tech stocks popular again?

5. Costin Raiu talks about the security risks of Google’s new Chromebook.

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Tech CEO Report Card

As a leader you want to be liked, or if you can make it happened…loved. If you can get and keep people on your side they tend to spend more time working and less time huddling in cubicles. quietly but passionately complaining about the boss. With this concept/desire in mind, the ever vigilant folks over at have just released a employee-generated report card for the CEO’s of the 12 largest tech companies. From Google’s much loved but soon to be ex-CEO Eric Schimidt (96%) to Microsoft’s not-so-adored Steve Ballmer (40%) the list gives us a decent snapshot of how these organizations are faring from the inside out. If your like me and you want to get a head start on next year’s Tech CEO Fantasy League draft, check out the entire list and anaysis at

p.s. I am not sure there is an actual Fantasy League for CEOs, if there is please send me the link