What we read this week, 7 November 2014:

Welding with Autodesk CEO Carl Bass – How many CEOs do you know who can do their endusers’ job? (The Financial Times, subscription required)

Tailor Your Presentation to Fit the Culture – many of us managing global organizations often face communication challenges when implementing initiatives across multiple locations. This post discusses some of the deep cultural foundations behind that. I have to admit that I was skeptical before reading the post, but found it enlightening and worth sharing (Harvard Business Review Blogs Network)

Two Worlds Colliding: How LinkedIn Could Take On Salesforce – Considering how critical CRM systems are to every customer facing organization, what impact would supporting customers with additional linkedin input have? (Techcrunch)

Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks – on preparation for crisis (NPR)

10 Ways to Spot Great Teachers (and Avoid Crummy Ones) – on what makes an excellent teaching experience (The Talent Code, link via FTWORKS).

Two articles about the current and future states of enterprise technology – The Future of Enterprise IT: An interview with Geoffrey Moore (CIO) and The Harsh Reality Of The New Enterprise World by Gainsight CEO, Nick Mehta (techcrunch) – articles offer distinct perspectives on the industry and are definitely worth your time

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