Leadership & Governance

By gerardvanvliet | Trails, Treasures, Tools, Tricks, Tips for Leaders

Kids are actually getting better at the ‘marshmallow test’

Despite the idea that modern technology is turning kid’s brains into that of a heroin addict, a new study actually proves the opposite.<p>John Protzko, …

Parenting

7 Books To Help You Become A Better HR Leader

HR professionals are the heart of an organization. They engage, lead, and act as the foundation of a strong, successful company. With many diverse responsibilities and job functions, being an HR leader is not a simple job. Being a successful HR leader involves the right combination of leadership …

Leadership

CEOs Looking To Hire A CMO? Search For Candidates With These Traits

Are you in the process of compiling a list of CMO candidates? Have you come to realize that there’s a big difference between collecting resumes and moving closer to making a final decision?<p>You need to hire a CMO for all the right reasons. Not because your competition is doing so. And not because …

Big Data

Bill Gates: More Tech Revolutions Are Coming, And They'll Change Everything We Know

In early 1975, when I was in college, my friend Paul Allen showed me an issue of <i>Popular Electronics</i> featuring the Altair 8800 computer, the first commercially successful personal computer. We both had the same thought: “The revolution is going to happen without us!” We were sure that software was …

Bill Gates

What 7 Great Entrepreneurs Learned From Making Mistakes

Mstakes happen, even to the best of us. Sara Blakely, for example, almost didn’t get Spanx started. “[She] didn’t vet the manufacturer helping me make our first product, footless pantyhouse,” she recalls in her essay appearing in <i>Forbes’</i> special centennial issue. “They went out of business and gave …

Success

8 Experts Reveal What's More Important Than Money For Running Your Business

“Many people have million-dollar ideas. They’re confident that their new product or service or innovation will make them rich and that all their dreams will come true. The problem is: Most people don’t know how to turn their million-dollar idea into millions of dollars,” says Robert …

Wealth

9 Proven Ways CMOs Can Reach Gen Z

Generation Z is currently the youngest demographic. Born between 1995 and 2012, Gen Zers range from 5 to 22 years old. They are the most technologically savvy, most diverse and most egalitarian generation, and they represent a significant turning point in consumer behavior. Making up between 70 and …

Marketing

Are Your Employees 'Engaged' Or 'Happily Complacent'?

Early in my management career a colleague of mine was a young manager whose employees loved working for him. They supported him, they spoke highly of him, and there was a strong bond of friendship within his department. There was only one problem: His department didn’t deliver strong results.<p>In our …

Employee Engagement

John Le Carre: Storytelling Lessons For Managers

“It’s a principle of mine to come to a story as late as possible, and to tell it as fast as you can.”<p>That’s the advice that David Cornwell aka John Le Carre gives writers who want to give their stories impetus and hook readers from the get-go. Cornwell knows this well since he has published over 25 …

Management

Team Building: Minders, Finders, Grinders

There is so much chatter out there about how to hire and retain workers (millennials in particular). You could drown in ‘good’ advice. But one thing is certain: team building is harder than it looks, and harder than people want to admit.<p>In 2014, my business partner Dionna McPhatter and I quit our …

Entrepreneurship

How To Lead With Empathy

A new breed of CEOs is defined less by “command and control” and more by “inspire and empower.”<p>My first boss was a bully. Just before I started working for him, a rumor circulated that he’d once thrown a desk out the window. Maybe the story was apocryphal, but it didn’t feel that way to those of us …

Leadership

The Ultimate Work-From-Home Checklist For People Who Are Always In The Office

Not exactly an experienced remote worker? Don’t sweat it.<p>Lots of companies offer generous flexible and remote work policies–but maybe your company isn’t one of them. For the most part (and for better or worse), people work from their desks in the office, ducking out only for the occasional doctor’s …

Productivity

Get Executives to Say 'Yes' With These 3 Tips

If you want executives to listen -- and say yes -- to your idea, know your main point and articulate it from the start.<p>Interacting with executives can be nerve-wracking. After all, why would they want to listen to you?<p>As I've learned after decades of executive coaching globally, you don't have to …

Management

Why Entrepreneurs Should Invest More in Social Good

Social entrepreneurship is creating a new wave of companies focused on tackling key social challenges.<p><i>Why should entrepreneurs think about social good when creating companies? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better</i> …

Social Entrepreneurship

What's Your X Factor? Five Keys to a Culture That Stands Apart

The X factor that will set your business apart is unique for each company. But in nearly all cases, it has to do with how your company approaches its relationships with people.<p>What's the X Factor that sets one business apart from the others? Is it offering the right service at the right time? …

The X-Factor

The Best Senior Teams Thrive on Disagreement

Most team leaders try to build cohesion on their teams. Through team-building exercises and the careful establishment of norms and processes, leaders aim to create a culture of trust, psychological safety, and good feeling.<p>But should enterprise leadership teams also pursue cohesion? To explore this …

Harvard Business Review

7 Cybersecurity Questions Every Leader Should Ask

I recently interviewed the former CIO for the White House (under the Bush administration), Theresa Payton, about why marketers must start engaging in cybersecurity before crises like the recent Equifax cybersecurity incident emerge (see here for the article). As the current CEO of Fortalice …

Cybersecurity

Be Nice: Why Courtesy and Kindness Give You a Competitive Advantage

3 compelling reasons to work and play well with others<p>We live in a rough, rude times. From anger in the oval office, to road rage, to pundits shouting on TV, to companies where a toxic culture is not only condoned but promoted, it seems that meanness has become the nasty norm.<p>That's why I'd like to …

Leadership

3 Things You Can Do to Establish Yourself as a Leader

Provide more than expected<p><i>What are some tips for young people who want to grow into leadership? originally appeared on Quora -</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Shir Nir, CEO & Partner Handel Group, creator of How</b> …

Leadership

This Janitor Turned CEO Just Identified the Key to Building a Great Organization. Here It Is in 1 Word

Corey Thomas, chief executive of Rapid7, shares lessons learned as a young man growing up in the south.<p>Corey E. Thomas grew up in Georgia, the son of a self-taught electrician and a secretary. He credits his parents and humble background for shaping his own work ethic and values, qualities that …

Leadership

Steve Jobs Isn't the Only Visionary Role Model--Look to These Entrepreneurs As Well

Building innovative companies to solve consumers' problems is a talent many hard-working entrepreneurs across the country have mastered.<p>When you hear the words "business visionary," you may think of larger-than-life entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg who seem to have built …

Inc. Magazine

The Secret To Accelerated Growth? Potent Partnerships

Shoot to the top faster by partnering smartly with brands and businesses that you admire<p>It takes a village. It's not just true of raising a family, it's true of building a business. Rather than try to build everything single-handedly, from the ground up, it makes far more sense to partner smartly …

Inc. Magazine

The Best Way to Learn from CEOs? Study Their Mistakes

It's easier to learn from CEO failures than from CEO successes.<p>Is studying great CEOs the best way to learn? It's certainly valuable, but there's more to be learned from CEO blunders. Here's why.<p>Analyzing effective CEOs is limiting for two reasons. First, successful CEOs do so many things right …

Inc. Magazine

The Ten Executives Taking Over The Multi-Billion Dollar Sleep Industry

Don't listen to anyone saying that sleep's not crucial; these founders are focused on empowering business through getting people more productive sleep.<p>Sleep has turned into a startup boom, thanks to a growing trend against the classic "you don't need to sleep" mentality, with a good night's rest …

Inc. Magazine

This 1 Skill Makes Great Leaders. Hint: You're Not Born With it

Becoming an effective leader starts with putting in the work.<p>Leading isn't about always being your best but it's always about giving your best. This rule hasn't changed since the beginning of time.<p>People don't expect leaders to be perfect. They just expect them to push themselves to become better …

Leadership

Grit or Quit: 4 Ways Business Leaders Can Learn from Adversity

Unlocking the grit that's latent within you just may unlock your destiny.<p>If you listen to NPR's "How I Built This" podcast about successful entrepreneurs, you'll notice one commonality. While some company founders were Ivy Leaguers and others were drop-outs from no-name colleges, almost all …

Self-improvement

17 Warning Signs That Your Workplace Is Becoming Toxic

Is your boss a bully? Are your co-workers critical and negative?<p>Over the years, I have collected enough evidence about incivility in the workplace that I could write a book about it. Thankfully, it's already been masterfully done by highly-acclaimed Georgetown University business professor, …

Employment

What the Best Leaders Know About Preventing Employee Burnout (That You Should Too)

Leaders should consider a number of things when managing surges in demand.<p>We have all been there. For whatever reason we are facing a spike on the demands placed on our business.<p>Maybe we closed some or even many new accounts. Perhaps we are in the middle of upgrading our infrastructure, and we need …

Inc. Magazine

How People Analytics Can Help You Build The Organization Of The Future

The best business decisions are made by conducting your own research inside your organization.<p>People analytics is a core foundation for being able to create employee experiences. In today's world, any company can replicate your business model, the goods you produce, or the services you offer. The …

Analytics