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Leadership

What Today's Leaders Can Learn From Napoleon's Mistakes

Learn from those who've come before you from a walkabout with one of history's greatest--albeit flawed--leaders.<p>Napoleon was unquestionably a great strategist and imposing historical figure. His leadership style had many flaws, which eventually led to his downfall.<p>In the vein of learning from …

World History

Write Down Your Failures. You Just Might Learn Something

If you only celebrate your successes, you're missing a huge opportunity to learn from your mistakes. Here's how a "Failure Wall" can change that.<p>After you fail, sometimes it helps to read the writing on the wall.<p>That's what Jeff Stibel, chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility …

Business Strategy

2 Ways to Know Young Leaders Are Ready to Step Up

Identifying potential leaders is one thing. Making sure they're ready to lead is quite another. Here are two tips for closing that gap.<p>If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times from the leaders of growth companies: When it comes to leadership talent, they prefer developing it in-house …

Leadership

The Best Management Advice From 'The Art of War'

The timeless classic offers surprising management tips still applicable today.<p>"The Art Of War" is one of the most famous books of all time, said to be written by the legendary Chinese general Sun Tzu around the fifth century B.C.<p>Some of the advice is pretty narrowly focused and dated (for instance, …

Leadership

14 Inspirational Quotes for 2014

Fourteen quotes to not just stick on the wall... but to inspire actions that lead to greater success in 2014.<p>I used to hate inspirational quotes, maybe because my wrestling coach used to say, "If you're not puking or passing out... you're not trying hard enough." (Go ahead: bask in the warm glow of …

Motivation

These 365 Quotes Will Inspire You Every Day This Year

Best-selling author and entrepreneur Dave Kerpen shares 365 powerful, inspirational quotes for leaders in 2015<p>With a new year nearly upon us, it's a great time to get inspired about the future, your vision, your goals and executing on those goals. I'm so grateful for all of the inspiration I've …

Motivation

12 Insightful Gifts Bosses Should Give Themselves

Not every boss benefits from a new iPod or brief case. Here are 12 critical insights all bosses should get themselves this holiday season.<p>The best gifts usually don't have a price tag.<p>They are lessons and insights gained through the experience of life. Every boss has the ability to learn and grow …

Leadership

13 Great Leadership Quotes

Even the best leaders need some inspiration every once in a while. Take a minute out of your busy day to enjoy these words of wisdom.<p>As an author, the question, “May I quote you?” is a humbling request and a great compliment. For anyone who is in search of leadership excellence a good quote is fuel …

Motivation

The Mistake Most CEOs Don't Realize They're Making

Why CEOs should focus on low-probability projects.<p>In the project hierarchy at your company, there are home runs, big bets, small wins, and junk. Most CEOs we know focus on the first two--those high-profile ventures with the greatest potential payoff.<p>Seems like a time-allocation no-brainer, right? …

Leadership

10 Traits of a Drucker-Like Leader

Do your leadership skills pass the Peter Drucker test?<p>Peter Drucker is to management literature what J.R.R. Tolkien is to fantasy fiction. Drucker did it first. He did it best. And almost every theme explored by today's practitioners was prefigured in his writing.<p>Earlier this year I reached out to …

Leadership

Here’s How Westjet Helped Santa Actually Deliver Presents To Unsuspecting Airline Passengers

The story behind the Canadian airline’s baggage claim holiday miracle.<p>As passengers in Toronto and Hamilton airports waited to board their flights to Calgary, a giant video screen within a gargantuan Christmas present asks them to scan their boarding pass. Suddenly they are face to face with Santa …

WestJet

How to Brainstorm: 9 Easy Rules

How to ensure that brainstorms don't turn into braindrizzles.<p>I recently came across a newly-published book, SmartStorming, which got me thinking about the dozens of brainstorming sessions in which I've participated. Here's my take on what worked:<p><b>1. Only invite brains.</b> Every organization consists of …

Creativity

3 Most Important Words to Say to Employees After They Screw Up

When the stakes are high and an employee slips up big time, what you say next is crucial.<p>Sooner or later, someone on your team is going to screw up. Hopefully the stakes will be low when it happens. Either way, be prepared to say three words that may not come so easily, at least not right away: I …

Self-help

The True Goal of Leadership

If you think that leadership is about taking action and getting things done, you're wrong.<p>Many people believe that "leadership" means getting out there and telling people what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. Nothing could be further from the truth.<p>The true goal of leadership is to make …

Leadership

How Creativity Works–And How To Harness Its Power

Creative ideas don’t just come out of the blue. Creativity is often a process of taking existing ideas and remixing them.<p>I’m continually trying to create new things, from new blog posts, to books and courses and novels, to new ventures.<p>And as I create these things, I’ve been watching my creation …

Creativity

Are You Worthy of Leadership?

There's a whole lot more to being worthy of leadership than merely being the company founder, or even the CEO.<p>Occupying a leadership role does not make someone a leader.<p>Many of us know people in lofty positions with long titles who appear completely ill-suited to the requirements and sacrifices of …

Leadership

All You Really Need to Know About Employee Engagement You Learned In Little League

How one Build 100 company stokes its team's competitive fires.<p><b>"You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime."</b><p>-- Babe Ruth<p>Power Home Technologies is a company with hustle. The representatives who sell its …

Babe Ruth

10 Behaviors to Cultivate a Powerful Culture

Not happy with your employees' work? You might have a trust issue. Take this quiz to see if you're doing enough to cultivate an environment of mutual trust.<p>Entrepreneurs face trust issues every day. When you hire new people, for example, it's natural to wonder if they will fit into the culture. …

Leadership

When Leaders Become Martyrs (Yes, It Could Happen to You)

There's a type of leader that thrives on being a bottleneck, loves to express their exhaustion, and is a master of being totally helpless. Meet the martyr-leader.<p>What do you do if you're stuck working with a martyr-leader--or if you are one yourself?<p>Ultimately, you'll discover that there is no …

Leadership

Why All Leaders Should Read Lord of the Flies

William Golding's novel deftly illustrates the one true test of a leader.<p>All entrepreneurs have moments when they feel like young Ralph in William Golding’s classic novel <i>Lord of the Flies</i>.<p>Ralph is left deserted on a tropical island with a group of his peers. He is appointed leader, yet he finds it …

Literature

Stop 'Doing' and Start Managing

Contrary to what you might think, your job is not to execute. Here's what you should be doing instead.<p>Is "Chief Executive Officer" really an accurate description of your job?<p>Maybe not.<p>INSEAD Professor Ludo Van der Heyden has an issue with the CEO title--it suggests you should be "doing" more.<p>"The …

Leadership

7 Common Mistakes Bosses Make

Avoid these pitfalls if you want to shine as a leader.<p>No matter how good your intentions and no matter how much breadth of experience you possess as an entrepreneur, company owner, executive, or manager, if you're the boss, then you're going to make mistakes. It's a normal part of life--both on and …

Extreme Sports

4 Ways to Dominate a Trade Show

In a new blog post, Yes To Founders Ido Leffler and Lance Kalish explained how they made the most out of every tradeshow.<p>Tradeshows are expensive and exhausting. But if you get creative with your limited budget -- plus stay standing and smiling for almost 48 hours straight -- you’ll reap the …

Tim Ferriss

The Eisenhower Decision Matrix: How to Distinguish Between Urgent and Important Tasks | The Art of Manliness

Do you sometimes feel like you spend all your time managing crises? That your life is basically spent putting out one proverbial fire after …

Master the 4 Secrets of Awesome Leadership

Up your leadership game by practicing these four moves.<p>The role of an entrepreneur in the organization he or she built is becoming increasingly complex and dynamic. While entrepreneurs have always had to act as <i>managers</i> to move their organizations forward--taking on the traditional management roles …

Team Building

Be a Mentor, Not a Rescuer

Helping others is totally part of an entrepreneur's job, but are you taking things too far?<p>In your personal life you’ve undoubtedly known a few Florence Nightingale wannabes -- those that can’t seem to stop trying to ‘fix’ those around them who are broken or struggling. You’ve also, no doubt, seen …

Leadership

What Got You Here Won't Get You There

So what will? Three experts tackle the biggest question for fast-growing companies: How do we keep it up?<p>Everyone knows the law of large numbers: the bigger you grow, the harder it is to grow fast. But mathematics isn't the only cloud threatening a successful company's parade. "The growth that …

Business Strategy

You Can't Do It All, So Expand Your Leadership Circle

Multiply the impact and effectiveness of your people by opening up your leadership circle to all employees, not just a select few. Here's how.<p>It's far too easy to let your organization get stuck in the leader/follower rut, where you end up doing all the leading, and everyone else just follows …

Leadership

7 Tips for Making Powerful New Connections

Start measuring the value of your contacts with one key question: Do they challenge how you think?<p>Business and personal success is all about making the right connections--new colleagues, employees, customers, friends, and partners--and finding the people who will lead you to new opportunities. But …

Creativity