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Einstein’s Problem-Solving Formula, And Why You’re Doing It All Wrong

Einstein spent nearly all his time thinking, and very little time doing. Today, we do just the opposite–and it’s working against innovation. Here’s how to get your ratio right.<p>While Einstein said he had no special talent aside from being passionately curious (and being possibly the smartest person …

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Leadership Lessons From Gettysburg, 150 Years Later | Inc.com

The population of the United States is now 10 times what it was at the start of the U.S. Civil War. Thus, as horrible as the casualties and scale of that war were, it's hard to conceive of its impact.<p>Imagine a nation of 31 million people in which a war kills 625,000, or in which a single …

Leadership

The top three leadership lessons from the battle of Gettysburg

The United States has fought many battles in its history. During two battles, however, the fate of the entire nation hung in the balance. The first …

Daily Quote: What is Effective Leadership?

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.<p>There are many definitions of leadership, …

Will Moneyball Analytics Kill Loyalty and Leadership?

Future potential matters (much) more than past performance. That’s the new quantitative consensus reshaping professional sports worldwide. After looking hard at the numbers and algorithms, the smartest — and richest — general managers and franchises have made up their collective minds: They’re not …

Earn Your Leadership Role Every Day | Inc.com

<i>“My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day.”</i> -- Navy SEAL Creed<p>Many entrepreneurs and small-business owners struggle with the transition from being the …

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5 Classic Movies, 5 Leadership Lessons | Inc.com

<b>Lawrence of Arabia (1962): Make them believe in the win-win</b><p>The film opens with T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) in a basement drawing maps for the British Army. It’s not a glamorous position, but Lawrence manages to show his superior officers he has a keen understanding of the Middle East. …

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Want simplicity in leadership? Then embrace complexity first

If you are thinking about preparing yourself and your organisation for the future, where do you seek inspiration and guidance? Management gurus or …

Why Your Team Matters More Than You

Contrary to popular belief, the success of a business isn’t ensured by an amazing CEO or even the work of a few all-star employees — it’s all about the team. Even without your key players, your business should function without change.<p>In light of the recent news regarding the health of Google CEO …

How To See What Others Don't (In Order To Increase Your Chances of Success)

Seeing What Others Don’t is not only the title of new book by Gary Klein, it is also a mantra that can make you successful.<p>Let’s deal with the book first and then my assertion.<p>Although I have never met him, I have been a fan of Klein for years. He is a very smart guy who is a senior scientist at …

6 Ways Effective Listening Can Make You A Better Leader

When employees say they want their voices to be heard, they are really saying they want leaders who will not just hear them, but really listen to them. As employees seek more attention, feedback and support, leaders must become more mindful of individual needs in order to more effectively inspire …

Seven Strategies for Simplifying Your Organization

<i>This post is co-authored with Lisa Bodell.</i><p>Over the past several years we have heard hundreds of managers talk about the negative impact of complexity on both productivity and workplace morale. This message has been reinforced by the findings of major CEO surveys conducted by IBM and KPMG [PDF], …

Seth's Blog

As an organization grows and industrializes, it's tempting to simplify things for the troops. Find a goal, make it a number and measure it until it …

Are you stuck? (Hope is not a strategy.)

Some churches (or people) are stuck because they fail to get perspective. They are afraid to acknowledge their current condition.<p>Some churches (or …

7 Best Business Books for Summer Reading - Small Business Trends

The weather is finally warm enough to where I’ve created my outdoor patio space. And that means that it’s summer reading time! A cool drink, my feet …

Why You Should Groom Successors at All Levels | Inc.com

A great advantage of a large corporation is supposed to be the large pool of talent in which its leaders can find and groom high achievers and successors. So I was amazed to find myself working recently with a large business that has no succession plan for any of its top executives.<p>The problem was …

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The Wise Leader

Illustration by Anna Parini<p>Smartness is the operating currency of organizational culture in the 21st-century. Whether it’s called cleverness, …

Five Ways To Build An Effective Team

It is not easy to be the CEO of an up-and-coming startup, especially when you are frequently out of your office talking to investors and the actual time you spend in contact with your team is limited. It gets even more complicated when you manage multiple teams working in different cities.<p>Is it …

11 Principles for a Stronger Strategy

I recently finished reading <i>The Strategy Book</i> by Max McKeown. Max is an author, consultant and speaker. He has an MBA and a PhD from the Warwick …

Larry Page: Google’s Focus On Constant Iteration Will Shift Toward Big Bets Like Google Fiber And Glass

During today’s Google Q1 2013 earnings call, CEO Larry Page gave us a rundown on exactly what the company has been up to in this quarter, as well as some insight into how he’s currently running the company. Page took over from Eric Schmidt in early 2011, and since then has started bringing all of …

'Culture of Purpose' Is Key To Success According To New Research From Deloitte

There is a link between organizations that instill a sense of purpose and their long-term success, says a new survey just released by Deloitte. Yet, businesses are still not doing enough to create this sense of purpose and make a positive impact on all stakeholders. In fact, according to the …

Change Management vs. Change Leadership -- What's the Difference?

I am often asked about the difference between “change management” and “change leadership,” and whether it’s just a matter of semantics. These terms are not interchangeable. The distinction between the two is actually quite significant. Change management, which is the term most everyone uses, refers …

25 Quotes to Inspire You to Become a Better Leader

Great quotes inspire us to change, to grow, and to become our best selves. I researched thousands of quotes from successful leaders for my last book, …

Perfectionism Is The Enemy Of Everything

During a session with my former partners, our coach posited a theory: that we were all perfectionists and that was a big part of our problem. I thought he was crazy—about the problem part, not the perfectionism—and I protested mightily.<p>Two years later, I can see that he was right.<p>I’ve thought a lot …

Where Have All The Leaders Gone?

Where have all the leaders gone? That’s the question I hear everywhere I travel at home and abroad. I can’t answer the question, but it caused me to reflect on what makes a good leader.<p>When I think of leaders I admire, the first thing that stands out is their vision. A leader knows where he or she …

11 TED Talks with Smart Work Advice

Work advice that's unconventional -- and uncommonly useful.<p>video.other<p>https://www.ted.com/playlists/60/work_smarter

Strategyzer | Value Proposition Canvas

The Value Proposition Canvas<p>Create the value your customers want<p>A simple way to understand your customers needs, and design products and services …