Why Leaders Who Listen Achieve Breakthroughs

As a leader, communicating can sometimes feel like Groundhog Day. No matter how hard you try to get your message across, it is all too easy to find the next day that you face the same blank stares, predictable objections, and questions that indicate that you failed to make it stick — that people just…

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Innovation – The Secret To Unleashing Genius

Innovation – The Secret To Unleashing Genius Amazon isn’t an easy place to work. Its managers set steep goals, scrimp on budgets and expect long hours. But there aren’t many better places to be employed if you like the messy work of coming up with new ideas, because its billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, has made…

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Leadership Presence – What’s the Secret?

Leadership Presence – What’s the Secret? Leadership presence—the skills and characteristics of a leader that can improve performance, both in the person and in the organization he or she oversees—is about to have a moment. Perhaps it’s just that the executive-in-the-hoodie fad has passed its sell-by date of coolness, even on the ragged edges of…

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Great Strategies – Not Enough

Great Strategies – Not Enough  The author of this Forbes’ article states that “Strategy is a necessary condition for success” however it isn’t enough. Unfortunately, Michael Porter’s strategy consulting firm – Monitor Group – when bankrupt. Michael Porter has been considered as the key thought leader in the field of strategy. Because of the failure,…

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Your Brain Is Hooked on Being Right

Your Brain Is Hooked on Being Right I’m sure it’s happened to you: You’re in a tense team meeting trying to defend your position on a big project and start to feel yourself losing ground. Your voice gets louder. You talk over one of your colleagues and correct his point of view. He pushes back,…

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The Power of Intent

The Power of Intent Understanding and communicating intent is rarely given much importance in business. Goals and vision are shared as carefully curated documents, or through great speeches created by well-oiled communications machines. CEOs forget that if the intent of these plans isn’t aligned with the communication, people may be impressed, but deep down inside,…

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Making Hope a Business Strategy

Making Hope a Business Strategy “Hope taps into a human desire to be part of something bigger,” he says. “Then excitement brews, so we work harder and get more engaged.” That’s why leaders and companies should explain to customers as well as employees how their products or services make life better for others. Hope is…

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Corporate Culture

Corporate Culture What is more important,  business strategy or culture?   “The thing I have learned at IBM is that culture is everything.” – Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. former CEO IBM A strategy can be copied and implemented. However, no one else can just copy your culture. If your culture is healthy then it grows…

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Listening Ability

Listening Ability The author of the article below is Bernard T. Ferrari. Bernard was a surgeon, a corporate executive, and a business consultant with McKinsey. This article is both a ” joy to read ” and a “must read” – especially for executives. Many Executives Focus on How to Articulate vs.  How to Listen Indeed,…

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Leadership

Leadership and the Art of Struggle Leaders Grow through Challenge and Adversity . San Francisco: Barrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012. With some reservations this book is an excellent approach to developing individuals for leader roles. First, the Foreword by Bill George is worth reading. In it you can see more of this self-reflective individual’s development that has…

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