Leadership & Governance

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

Jack Ma's Top 5 Tips for Long-Term Success

Speaking at the Gateway '17 conference, the e-commerce giant founder offered some lessons from his journey.<p>Alibaba's Jack Ma still doesn't know how to code. But the charismatic founder does know a few things about perseverance. From convincing China the Internet was real to building Alibaba into an …

Jack Ma

6 Books Anyone Who Is Serious About Leadership Should Read

Becoming a better leader takes continual skill development. These books will help you acquire and refine skills necessary to become a leader people want to follow.<p>Whether or not you're a natural born leader or you've just found yourself in a leadership role. You have to develop your leadership …

Leadership

You Don't Need to Force Culture. Just Listen to Your Employees

Stop trying to force corporate culture. Instead, realize that if you have great people who are the right fit for the problem being solved, great things and a wonderful culture will happen naturally.<p>Culture is one of those buzzwords that startups love to talk about, praise themselves for, and use to …

Leadership

The Biggest Lesson You Should Take Away From Travis Kalanick's Ouster

Uber is hardly the only company whose founder got shown the door. That's the key risk of taking on investors.<p>Once you take money from an investor, you cede some element of control. Travis Kalanick found that out over the past few weeks. He resigned as CEO of Uber Tuesday night, after being …

Uber

The benefits of thinking like an activist investor

Whether or not your company is in the crosshairs of activists, assembling a team to take a good, hard look at your performance can deliver</b> …

Governance

Creativity’s bottom line: How winning companies turn creativity into business value and growth

Top-performing companies use four key management practices to turn creativity into value.<p><b>Most of us can remember</b> a couple of favorite ads. They’re …

Creativity

Untangling your organization’s decision making

Any organization can improve the speed and quality of its decisions by paying more attention to what it’s deciding.<p><b>It’s the best and worst of times</b> …

Management

Young Managers Are More Well-Rounded Than Their Older Counterparts

Do you want to be the kind of leader that gets solid results from your team?<p>Or do you prefer being the kind of leader that fosters high …

Leadership

Here’s What the Highest-Paid Female CEOs Have In Common

In case girls need another reason to learn to code: Consider the fact that the four highest-paid female CEOs in the <i>Fortune</i> 500 all run tech companies.<p>…

Indra Nooyi

5 Keys To Authentic Leadership

What are some ways you can improve as an authentic leader?<p>To some people, the term “authentic leadership” causes them to roll their eyes. They dismiss the concept of authentic leadership as something typically espoused by a motivational do-gooder, or someone who isn’t connected to the reality of …

Leadership

How Millennials Are Reshaping What's Important In Corporate Culture

Millennials are often criticized for their obsession with technology and general egocentricity, but like it or not, this is the up-and-coming generation that’s going to shape the workplaces of tomorrow. By about 2020, nearly half the working population will be composed of millennials, and …

Millennials

The Year's Five Bestselling Leadership Books, And Why They're So Great

If you’re like me, you have a backlog of books you’d like to read, but they somehow get crowded out of your daily routine. Summer is a great time to catch up. And if you’re going to dive into a new book, why not try something that’s both interesting and professionally helpful? Forbes spoke with …

Leadership

What Do Millennials Want From Their Employers, Exactly? This Study Sums It Up in 1 Sentence

For companies looking to attract and retain millennial talent, take this cue from 8,000 millennials questioned across 30 countries about what truly matters in the workplace.<p>One of my go-to resources for discovering the latest insights on millennials is Deloitte's reputable Millennial Survey. This …

Millennials

Two Ways To Share Equity With Your Team

Sharing equity with your team can be a powerful motivator, and there are two basic ways most firms do it.<p>In a prior article, I talked about the reasons why it might be time for you to share equity with your team.<p>But that brings us to today's topic, which is how you can give equity to your team.<p>In …

Finance

4 Ways Leaders Can Lead By Example

How does a leader best become the example for<p>"Be the change you want to see in the world" is an often-heard quote attributed to many different people including Ghandi. However, the actual quote from Ghandi is a bit more complex: "We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer …

Leadership

Leadership Perfectly Defined in 1 Inspiring Photo (From a Most Unlikely Source)

This photo may change everything you thought you knew about leadership<p>Early in my career, I once worked for someone that monitored my every move.<p>If a micro-manager is the term to describe an overbearing helicopter boss, I would have to call this guy a nano-manager.<p>It was debilitating. So much so …

Leadership

Want to Be a Truly Epic Leader? 1 Small Thing You Should Do Daily

CREDIT: Getty Images<br>Leaders may make people mad when they do this. But it works.Busy is the new smoking. It's cool to talk about how busy you are. To plow through your email inbox as you run from meeting to meeting. To wake up at the crack of the dawn so you can get ahead while the world sleeps.To …

Time Management

5 Leadership Failures of President Trump

People overlooked some of the red flags because he was an experienced executive who promised change<p>Whether you like it not Donald Trump won the presidency and is now the leader of the free world. I'll admit that I have had reservations about him from the beginning for many reasons one being the way …

President Trump

The Trouble with CMOs

In 2012 a leading retailer began looking for a new chief marketing officer. The job description made the opening sound exciting: The new CMO would play a big, important role, leading the company’s efforts to boost revenues and profits. It seemed like the kind of opportunity any would-be CMO might …

Harvard Business Review

Corporate Europe is giddy with optimism

FizzingCorporate Europe is giddy with optimism<p>Emmanuel Macron’s arrival on the scene has transformed the mood<p>print-edition iconPrint edition | …

Economics

The CEO Of Flywheel Sports Wants You To Celebrate Your Failures

Sarah Robb O’Hagan’s book is as extreme as her company’s workouts.<p>When the indoor-cycling startup Flywheel Sports asked Sarah Robb O’Hagan to be its new CEO in 2016, she didn’t have to think long about her answer. “I was like, ‘Absolutely not,’ ” recalls the executive, who had left her job as …

Fitness

Being a CEO Can Cause Brain Damage, According to Scientists

Psychologists and neuroscientists agree that the ongoing exercise of power can damage your brain as badly as a serious head injury.<p>I've interviewed probably a hundred CEOs and, with few exceptions, my observation has been "the bigger the company, the bigger the jerk." CEOs, especially in big …

The Brain

72 CEOs on How To Increase Your Entrepreneur Quotient (In 140 Characters)

I asked 72 CEOs for their advice in 140 characters and, upon further analysis, discovered 10 categories of behaviors that were consistent against all the answers I got back.<p>Ask any number of CEOs how to succeed in business and you'll get an equal number of insights and great advice from those who …

Leadership

4 Signs That You Qualify As a Highly Sensitive Person

Time to make your sensitivity your greatest strength.<p>Running a business is hard work. Besides the long hours and never-ending demands, there are more subtle challenges like dealing with rejection and criticism on a daily basis. The inherent uncertainty of entrepreneurship can also take a toll.<p>These …

Personality

How to Become a Leader's Leader

Here's a leadership self-assessment worth taking to discover where you sit as a leader<p>The 20 questions that comprise this diagnostic are organized across 4 unique dimensions - Personality, Proficiencies, People and Presence. I call it the "<b>4Ps Leadership Snapshot.</b>" The assessment is quite easy to …

Leadership

The Easiest Way to Become a Known Expert In Your Field

Ever wondered how to lead your industry? It's actually way easier than you think.<p>Thought leadership has become a hot topic in the age of the internet. Stunned by the success of today's high-traffic bloggers and YouTube stars, many have understandably become fixated on becoming an industry leader in …

Print Media

Are You Taking the Time to Truly Be a Leader

When it comes to leading yourself and others, are you? Your solution may be just a breath away.<p>I had a call with a client last week. We'd had a gap in time together due to travel and business, and well... life... and we'd set up a deep dive to bring us back together, reground some of our work, and …

Leadership

5 Leadership Habits All Great Bosses Share

These tactics will help your employees grow and help you build strong relationships.<p>Truth talk: Being a manager is hard.<p>You may not be 100% prepared for the demands of a job that requires handling individual personalities, motivations, and work styles. Doing the work becomes the simple part; …

Leadership

How Kindness Took This Plus-Size Fashion Brand From Bankruptcy to Success

When James Rhee become CEO of a company facing bankruptcy, he made one rule: be kind. Here is why more CEO's should do the same.<p>Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to visit with James Rhee, the CEO of the plus-size women's fashion brand Ashley Stewart, and to attend his speech on June 15, …

Education