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Signs You Have a Vision That Inspires

Last week in my coaching network we spent a lot of time talking about the power of a clear vision. The funny thing is there are lots of churches with …

What Inspiring Leaders Do

What do top executives want from their leaders? IBM recently asked this question of 1,700 CEOs in 64 countries. The three leadership traits that most mattered were the ability to focus intensely on customer needs, the ability to collaborate with colleagues — and the ability to inspire.<p>Our own …

11 Ways to De-Clutter Your Day

Do less and achieve more--starting today. Adopt some of these easy habits to make it happen.<p>Success tends to create clutter: more meetings, more projects, more decisions, more items on your to-do list. But often doing more can mean achieving less.<p>That's why subtraction can be the best addition, …

Good Companies Are Storytellers. Great Companies Are Storydoers

Discussions about story and storytelling are pretty fashionable in marketing circles. I have ambivalent feelings about this. On the one hand, as a lifelong advocate for the power of story in business, I find this very encouraging. For all companies, having a story and knowing that story are crucial …

10 Traits of Great Leaders (and Their Followers)

Without great followers, no leader would achieve greatness. See here if you have what it takes to be both.<p>Much is written and taught about becoming a great leader. Many strive for leadership and many actually become great. As Shakespeare said in <i>Twelfth Night</i>: "Some are born great, some achieve …

Confessions From an Introverted Leader

The best leaders are the charming, outgoing types, right? As an introvert, of course, I analyzed this to death--until I discovered it's not true.<p>I was surprised as anyone back in 1990 when I landed my first real job.<p>Full healthcare benefits, a retirement plan, and much more! An actual salary to pay …

Leadership

Markets Are Falling After Declines In China And Japan

Thanks to big earnings whiffs from Microsoft and Google after the bell yesterday, the NASDAQ will likely get slapped around today.<p>Meanwhile, Japan and China both had bad sessions.<p>Japan lost about 1.5% in weird trading activity, which saw a sharp decline about an hour and a half into the …

Stock Markets

Tiny winglet retrofit will cut United's fuel bills by millions

A successful test flight this week by a Boeing 737-800 equipped with a shiny new set of split scimitar winglets has given the green light for United's plans to install them widely across its 737 fleet. Designed to improve the plane's aerodynamic efficiency by routing air around it, winglets have …

Human Rights Watch report says torture, interrogation still routine in China

As protesters took over the streets of downtown Hong Kong last fall, police in Beijing swept up people who supported the pro-democracy movement. On October 13, they detained Yu Wensheng, a lawyer with 13 years experience working primarily on corporate civil conflicts.<p>In the 99 days that followed, …