Hello, Intelligent.ly Community!

After a good bit of searching, a lot of friend-making, and about 20 gallons of coffee meetings, I’m thrilled to join the Intelligent.ly team. Helping scaling startups develop their managers into highly effective leaders is a challenge I’m ready to tackle!

Not knowing exactly what I was looking for made for a wildly surprising and fun job search process. When people asked what I wanted, all I could say was, “I’m not sure, but I know that it must be 1) a company that provides real value 2) a learning experience that stretches my abilities and 3) with an awesome team that’s making moves.”

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with some of our city’s finest, and interviewing with some of our best (you all know who you are). And it all led me here. Thank you. After meeting the Intelligent.ly team, I knew this exactly where I am supposed to be. Fostering this growing community of learners and game changers will be a pleasure.

I spent the last 4 years helping build a stellar culinary pathways program with a kickass team, and am proud of the organization we got off the ground. Extreme dedication, sweat, sleepless nights, fearless solicitation, and true commitment to the cause – Future Chefs taught me what it takes to turn a startup into a successful venture.

Photo: AbbieSo bring it, Intelligent.ly. Let’s make Boston’s managers the best, companies the strongest, and events the most fun!

Looking forward to meeting you all soon…
Abbie

 

One Mighty OGSM: The Key to Leadership Success

When we launched Intelligent.ly, our central focus was on creating a hub for entrepreneurs  to learn from Boston’s top experts, and it’s been exciting to see this vision take flight. But over the course of the past year, we’ve talked to founders and startup team members in Boston who are searching for more; they’re hungry for in-depth leadership guidance, to help their teams navigate the challenges of organizational growth.

Welcome-Dana

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I’m thrilled to announce that Dana Artz is joining the Intelligent.ly team as the Executive Director, to oversee a series of new initiatives that foster professional development, through hands-on leadership workshops. Dana brings deep operational expertise and a passion for team-building to Intelligent.ly, and each of the new sessions she’s spearheading will remain true to our core commitment to connecting startups with top notch expertise.

The leadership workshop series kicks off on July 16th, with a half-day session for a small group of Boston startups, led by Dave Balter, CEO of BzzAgent and Exec Chair of Smarterer, around the OGSM (Objectives, Goals, Strategies and Measures) leadership framework.

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From large companies like P&G, Tesco and dunnhumby, to local Boston startups like Promoboxx and Uber Sense and more, teams have embraced the OGSM  framework for over 50 years, as an exercise for creating alignment.

Dave BalterDave Balter has religiously used the tool in his own companies with great success, and over 10,000 people have viewed his SlideShare presentation about how to craft a transformative OGSM plan. Now it’s your turn to get in on the action.

This hands-on workshop geared toward startup CEOs will lead you and key stakeholders form your team to a clear articulation of your company’s objectives and goals for the next quarter, the strategies you’ll use to achieve them, and how you’ll measure success. You’ll leave empowered to take action, having renewed an understanding of your central aim.

During a private coaching session with Balter, Promoboxx CEO, Ben Carcio, learned just how powerful the OGSM framework can be. Carcio noted, “I used to just OGSM by myself, but found it was much better to OGSM with the rest of my team…The OGSM exercise initially showed that our team needed to be better aligned, but by the end of the process we had a clear vision and specific tactics to get us there. I highly recommend it for any growing start-up.”

Six startups will have the opportunity to learn how to use the OGSM as a dynamic benchmark for success, and an ongoing source of inspiration for your team. Ready to get in on the action?

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Are you ready for 60 Minutes of Godin’s Gospel on January 23rd?

Most advice is bad advice. Do you wake up every morning and dial up your Aunt Ida for advice about your company? No? Suprising. Do you wake up every morning and log onto Seth’s blog to kickstart your marketing mojo? Well, it’s your lucky day. Seth Godin’s coming to Intelligent.ly.

  • Date: January 23, 2012
  • Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Place: Intelligent.ly, 500 Harrison Avenue, FL 3R
  • Price: Free (the best things in life are)
  • Apply here

Good advice is hard to come by. You’ve gotta work for it.

Turns out Seth’s a popular guy. Only 40 lucky folks will join us for 60-minutes of Godin’s gospel. You’ve got to tell your story to claim one of ’em.

Seth doesn’t do any consulting or investing, but he really enjoys sharing his ideas. He’s agreed to a sit-down interview with founder, Dave Balter, who will be asking his questions and yours…

Submit your application to prove why your company needs a dose of good advice, and we’ll let you know by January 10, 2013 if you’re selected.

Seth Godin Intelligent.ly