Culture

Focus on Your Local Community

At Applied Materials we were pioneers in recognizing the importance of companies paying attention to the communities in which they operate. We always kept a local focus and made sure we acknowledged our community in the shareholder letter in our annual report. A company cannot thrive in a community that is not itself thriving. Engaging

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Planning

A Humble Approach to Giving

I’ve been deeply engaged in philanthropy for more than two decades. Friends and colleagues often ask me how I assess the effectiveness of a nonprofit. I share with them that I have the highest regard for organizations that have: Strong leadership, with a bold vision and a solid plan for implementation. A clear mission that

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Implementation

Hubs and Spokes

Last week I looked at the difference between leadership and management. This week I want to consider the evolution from loose entrepreneurial management to a more structured hierarchy. Most start-up organizations, including new nonprofits, resemble a wheel with a hub (the founders and top management) and spokes (the functional departments). Information comes in from the

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Leadership

Leadership vs. Management

Books on corporate success often focus on leadership. Others focus solely on management. But effectively running an organization demands both leadership and management. They are closely aligned, but they are not interchangeable. As the illustration shows, the leadership role includes setting the vision, and motivating and inspiring everyone working within the organization. A leader establishes

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Culture

Bad News is Good News Revisited

Last week I shared the idea that bad news can be good news within your organization. Let’s look more closely at what that means. My full saying (my Morganism) is:            Good news is no news.             No news is bad news.           

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Culture

Bad News is Good News if You Do Something About It

Nonprofits are in the business of tackling tough challenges — addressing poverty, improving education, and protecting the planet. The passionate, smart, and good-hearted people who work in the sector are filled with optimism. This can make it uncomfortable for them to acknowledge a looming crisis. At Applied Materials, we saw bad news as an opportunity

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