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By David Kahn | We all have the potential to be a great leader. It is up to each of us to unlock that potential.

How Leaders Build -- And Destroy -- Trust

Trust is the belief or confidence that one party has in the reliability, integrity and honesty of another party. It is the expectation that the faith one places in someone else will be honored. When I asked 537 managers how leaders build and destroy trust, here is what I learned . . .<p>It’s always a …

Leadership

The 5 P’s of Culture Management

<b>As culture settles in as a legitimate business concern in the larger discussion of work management, so do methods for measuring and managing it. Here</b> …

Talent Management

How to think like a futurist

Want to reframe your view of what lies ahead? Innovation consultant Ari Wallach shares three transformative ways of thinking that could help us …

American Philosophy

Fit In or Stand Out? Your Guide to Career Success

Growing up, one of my favorite books was <i>The Story of Ferdinand</i>. Now being released as a movie, <i>Ferdinand</i> is the story of a bull who would rather smell …

Leadership

A Google Study Revealed That the Best Managers Use Emotional Intelligence And Share This 1 Trait

Cutting your employees some slack could be just the thing they need to increase their effectiveness.<p>Google's research on what constitutes a great leader revealed that employees appreciate managers who care for them both professionally and personally.<p>Whereas taking care of your people professionally …

Leadership

Cultivating a Beginner’s Mind: Adventure Lies Outside Your Comfort Zone

<b>“The don’t-know mind… doesn’t fear, has no wish to control or foresee, steps off the cliff of the moment with absolute trust that the next step will</b> …

Self-improvement

How to Tell If a Company’s Culture Is Right for You

Congratulations, you got the job! Now you have to decide whether to take it. You’ve done your research and know the ins and outs of the company’s public profile, but how can you assess cultural fit — and if you’d actually be happy working there? Should you reach out to former employees? Or ask to …

Management

Six Principles for Innovation

By Andrew R. McIlvaine Former Google CHRO Laszlo Bock shared six steps for fostering innovation during his opening keynote address at the 2017 HR …

Eric Schmidt

The 20/80 Rule, Leadership, and Integrity

In a leader's relationships, the 20/80 rule counts, not the 80/20 rule.<p>Leadership means people watch you--not to what you <i>want</i> to say or do, or <i>mean</i> to, but what you <i>actually</i> say and do.<p>Attention to detail counts.<p>Not sometimes, but always. What Vince Lombardi said about winning applies to …

Leadership

Thinking About Scaling Up? First Embrace These Three Leadership Strategies

<i>This article was originally published on Scottish Business Insider.</i><p>For those of us not satisfied with the status quo, the growth and expansion of our …

Leadership

Figure Out Your Company’s Make-or-Break Strategic Problems, Then Use Small Teams to Solve Them

Can a large incumbent company rediscover how to act like an agile start-up?<p>I believe the answer is yes, though success depends largely on another question: Can the executive team learn to get out of the way?<p>Behaving like an agile start-up implies speed, a sharply defined mission, and a deep …

Leadership

Very intelligent people make less effective leaders, according to their peers and subordinates

Highly intelligent people tend to make good progress in the workplace and are seen as fit for leadership roles: overall, smarter is usually …

Leadership

What Mentors Wish Their Mentees Knew

The mentor-mentee relationship is a tango between a more senior person and a junior one. Just as in dance, coordination and orchestration between parties is necessary for grace and success. And while we and others have written about what makes the ideal mentor, comparatively less attention has been …

Leadership

Don't Leave Succession Planning to Chance

Learn four practical steps for turning succession planning from an imprecise art into an exact science.

Do you have the right leaders for your growth strategies?

It takes a mix of leaders and talent to pursue a variety of growth strategies simultaneously. Few executives can do it all.<p><b>Is there a link between</b> …

Leadership

Failure to Engage

By Andrew R. McIlvaine Although engagement levels among male and female employees appear to be similar, a deeper dive reveals some troubling findings.

Gender

Leadership and Acting: How Hollywood Can Make You a Better Leader with Jenna Fischer

Back in the day, did you have a MySpace account? Had my Blackberry supported it, I might have created one. As a result of being such a late adapter …

Leadership

Smart Leaders Focus on Execution First and Strategy Second

“We found the perfect strategy” ranks with “And they lived happily ever after” as a perpetual myth. A strategy is never excellent in and of itself; it is shaped, enhanced, or limited by implementation. Top leaders can provide the framework and tools for a team, but the game is won on the playing …

Leadership

After Studying the Lives of 724 Men for 79 Years, Harvard Reveals the 1 Biggest Secret to Success and Happiness

Want to improve your success in life and business? The results of this 79-year old study will show you how.<p>Have you ever wondered what it takes to live the good life? Have you ever wondered what the secret to success and happiness is? Harvard researchers seem to have an answer in a 79-year-old …

Happiness

Why You Aren't GettingThe Respect You Deserve

Feeling unappreciated and disrespected? We’ve all been there. So how can you shift things in your organization so that you can start receiving the respect you deserve?<p>The answer lies in expanding your beliefs. Because when we expand our beliefs, we create new behaviors. And through these behaviors, …

Leadership

The Business Case for Giving Thanks

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. It’s the one day of the year where I am able to slow down. Other occasions provide an opportunity to unwind, but …

Psychology

The Business Case for Giving Thanks Revisited: What’s Stopping You?

Last year I wrote about the business case for giving thanks. At the time, I did not think this was groundbreaking or even new information. My intent …

Thanksgiving

Why COOs Should Think Like Behavioral Economists

When Yelp was a startup with just 15 employees, the office manager began to stock the kitchen with drinks and snacks to get everyone through the long afternoons. Juice, water, fruit, chips, and as much candy as could be stuffed into the small kitchen drawer. Being at work was like being, well, a …

Behavior

Closing the Strategy-Execution Gap Means Focusing on What Employees Think, Not What They Do

When you embark on a new strategic journey to sustain and grow your organization in an uncertain world, what do you prioritize? If you’re like most of the leaders we know, you start with organizational structure and processes.<p>This would be a mistake.<p>In 2016 we asked 80 senior executives from 20 …

Leadership

12 Easy Things That Will Set You Apart in Business and in Life | The Art of Manliness

In the modern world, it often seems like it’s harder than ever to accomplish your goals.<p>It seems like everyone has already done the thing you want to …

Etiquette

Rethinking the workplace: Flexibility, fairness, and enlightened automation

People aren’t powerless in the face of new technologies; the future of work is up to us.<p><b>What sort of workplace</b> should we expect in the future? How …

The Workplace

This Is How Your Org Chart Is Holding Back Your Business

These two “silo”-smashing alternatives can fix the problems caused by your stagnant org chart.<p>Snagajob COO Jocelyn Mangan says it wasn’t long ago that her 500-person company had two design teams–one just for marketing and another for all-purpose design. The two didn’t exactly coordinate.<p>“Some of …

Management

Are Culture and Leadership Are Two Sides of the Same Coin? It Depends

How key ingredients mix together to define corporate culture.<p>We are obsessed with company culture. Everywhere you look there is another book, blog post, anecdote or talk about how to build a lasting, rich or resilient corporate culture. Perhaps it's a tell that there is really no easy answer. And …

Do You Learn from Past Experiences? Three Leadership Lessons from the Foo Fighters

When I’m coaching leaders, there’s typically a point when they get frustrated and say, “Why do you keep asking me about the past?” They don’t want to …