When I'm A Leader

By: Simon Le Pine

On: 2012.01.14

Tagged: business planning, leadership, personal,

I've said a number of times in a number of different posts that my ultimate goal is to provide leadership to a large organization. Over the recent holiday season I've spent my time formalizing a career plan and outlining the steps necessary to be CEO of a large organization. Because of these aspirations I often find myself saying "when I'm a CEO I'll...". Much like my To Do list this will be an ever growing list of things I'll do to be a good leader.

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The Future of Leadership

By: Simon Le Pine

On: 2011.12.24

Tagged: business planning, ideas, leadership, life long learning,

I had saved an article from Harvard Business Review ages ago. The title is "To Grow, Leave What You Know Behind", which initially turned me off but it's got some very thought-provoking stuff on the future of leadership.

Here's my thoughts:

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How Will You Measure Your Life?

By: Simon Le Pine

On: 2011.12.16

Tagged: business planning, leadership, life long learning, personal,

I subscribe to the Harvard Business Review blog, which recently posted an article titled How Will You Measure Your Life?. It caught my eye because 1.) I'm evaluating what I want & need in life, and 2.) I want to learn from my father and spend time on friends/family rather than sacrifice those for business. What follows are my notes and, hopefully, how I want my life to be measured.

Out of interest, before I've read the full article I'll state that "I want my life to be measured by the positive impact I have on others". It'll be interesting to see how/if that changes having read the article.

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Business Snacks

By: Simon Le Pine

On: 2011.12.16

Tagged: amorphous_projects, business planning, leadership, personal,

I read this an article with a great idea that Business Owners Should Takes Snacks of Information. I think it's a great idea for any business or job to get a 'daily' update of business critical information. For my own reference, I want to record here the information I feel is critical to my operations:

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American Catalyst Interview W/ Kyle Bass

By: Simon Le Pine

On: 2011.12.13

Tagged: business planning, ideas, leadership, life long learning, random,

@Gravity7 linked to an hour long video on global economics, which immediately piqued my interest.Initially I was pretty sceptical because the video starts with "I saw the financial crisis coming" and "I told you so", hindsight is 20:20. I also can't stand people who use "..." in professional writing. I did my best to approach it with an open mind and utimately took 9 pages of notes, which can be seen below.

For anyone reading this, you likely know that I'm no expert when it comes to finance or economic policy. I'm an insurance & risk management nerd and thus am interested in this stuff but I don't proclaim to know anything of value. Take the notes below with a grain of salt.

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Who Moved My Cheese?

By: Simon Le Pine

On: 2011.12.01

Tagged: business planning, leadership, life long learning, personal, random, reading list,

A friend of mine recently gave me Who Moved My Cheese? because she can see some of my frustration. I read the entire book in a single day and I can't thank her enough, she read my situation well and gave me a great tool.

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Financial Blogs & Literacy

By: Simon Le Pine

On: 2011.07.25

Tagged: business planning, ideas, life long learning,

@CFOWise posted a link the other day to a blog post about financial literacy for small business owners and entrepreneurs. I read it and was fascinated as my financial literacy is questionable at best, I understand income/expenses, cash flow, etc. but the effect of stock options, deferred earning, GAAP, etc. are a bit more challenging.

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If I Ever...

By: Simon Le Pine

On: 2011.06.28

Tagged: business planning, leadership, personal, random,

Once again I apologize for the obscure title. This post is is all about the first things I'll do if ever I'm in a leadership role in an organization. This is based on some tough lessons learned recently.

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Brand Planning

It's always been my goal/dream to start a creative agency, I think it is for every web dev/web designer/graphic "artist" type. So, with that in mind, I'm going to start publishing my thoughts on what a creative agency should do. This is good record keeping for me and a way to store the ideas as they grow and develop. You'll notice I'm making these blog pages so they don't show up in the main feed, this is somewhat proprietary information in the event I do start an agency.

This post is about branding. I think people often get branding/marketing/logo design mixed up. In my opinion it is a completely different, separate, and important topic. A brand is the overall impressions, image, reputation of a company. It guides the company in choices on marketing content, layout, colors, etc.

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