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3 Qualities of People Who Drive Transformative Change

Transformation isn't easy. It requires changing not only people's minds but also their hearts. People who drive change share these three traits.<p>Transformation isn't easy. It means making people think and feel a different way Not a simple task.<p>But in the history of mankind, there are plenty of …

Living Rooms

7 Reasons Introverts Make Great Leaders

Don't be fooled by stereotypes of brash, social executives. Quiet, retiring types can make great leaders too. Here's why.<p>There's a paradox at the heart of how we think about leaders. Ask someone to picture a stereotypical leader and most people will think of someone confident, brash, and …

Personality

Conflict at work: Why confrontation, not politesse, is essential

<b>Dear Annie:</b> I was recently transferred here from another part of the company and put in charge of developing a new product. It’s pretty exciting, or …

17 Things Every Successful Leader Says Every Day

Great leaders know that their words have a powerful effect on their employees. You can go from good to great by using these phrases regularly.<p>Successful leaders get that way because they have a positive attitude, and they know how to build strong and enduring relationships with their employees. …

Employment

From CEO 'Takers' To CEO 'Makers': The Great Transformation

Earlier this week, I discussed the problems of share buybacks as delineated in “Profits Without Prosperity,” an article by William Lazonick in the September issue of Harvard Business Review and explained how CEOs, through the pervasive use of share buybacks, have become takers, not makers. Instead …

How to Speak Like a Leader

You can project power by imitating the characteristic speaking style of the powerful, psychology suggests.<p>What do powerful leaders look like when they speak?<p>Maybe you pictured puffed chests, raised chins, firm gesticulations, and powerful words. All of these may be the stereotypical hallmarks of …

Public Speaking

Your Secret Weapon in Business: Culture

Why do some companies stay competitive, while others fall behind? The answer used to seem clear: great companies simply harness the best people, and invest in the most innovative ideas. Today, however, merely having great talent, ideas, and capital no longer works. Something has shifted. There is a …

How To Use 10 Psychological Theories To Persuade People

Influence your audience without feeling sleazy about it with these tips on social media.<p>What are we really talking about when we’re talking about conversions?<p>Persuasion, right? Influence.<p>When we talk about conversions, we are, most of the time, discussing ways we can be more persuasive, more …

Marketing

The Worst Thing Any Leader Can Do To High Performers

If you’ve managed a team for even a year, you know the crazy behavior that human beings can deliver. As a CEO for 23 years, I remember dozens of times I sat with my head in my hands, wondering what a team member was thinking, if anything. If you’re the type of leader who hates to confront people …

Coping Techniques for Lonely Change Leaders

Leading change in large organizations is hard work and offers little instant gratification. To sustain the energy to lead that change, innovators must take proactive steps to protect their psyches. Many commentators on innovation focus on the substance and approach to work; however, they abstract …

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

undefined<p>Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question. Many people wonder how leaders know how to make the best decisions, often under …

How to Lead When Employees Don't Want to Follow

Are the troops pushing back on your solutions to problems? Learn four ways to overcome their resistance.<p>Employees aren't going to like every decision you make. Strong leaders, though, know how to rally the troops, even around an initially unpopular idea.<p>John Maxwell, a prolific author who's written …

Employment

Play a Bigger Game - chrisbrogan.com

I’m on a train bound for meetings in New York City, with the types of people I rarely meet: investors. They work in an abstract that isn’t my typical …

How To Go From CMO To CEO In 6 (Not Entirely) Easy Steps

An exec from the U.K.’s Marketing Academy talks about why CMOs can be overlooked for CEO and what they can do to groom themselves for the top job.<p>The corner office, the private jet, the ability to intimidate senior suits…the package–it’s all waiting for you if you make it to CEO.*<p>If you’re a chief …

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FORTUNE — <b>Dear Annie:</b> A friend sent me your article about how more managers are moving to find jobs, which interested me because I’m about to move halfway across the country. My wife, who was unemployed for two-and-a-half years, got a fantastic job offer in a different city, so, now that we’ve …

Harvard Biz Review on Twitter: "Three keys to making better decisions http://t.co/4hyn24ZVbU http://t.co/8kfzD4eI76"

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Don’t Make Decisions, Orchestrate Them

Is the role of the manager to make decisions, or to make sure that decisions get made? The answer, of course, is both — but many managers focus so much on the first role that they neglect the second. The reality, however, is that decision-making often is not a solo activity, but rather an …

The Three Decisions You Need to Own

CEOs face countless decisions. The best executives understand which ones they need to focus on and which ones they can delegate. While the obvious decisions that CEOs need to get right involve strategy and competitive advantage, too many executives delegate away three critical decisions that they …