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Leadership

10 Books You Must Read to Strengthen Your Leadership Skills

<b>Bold – Steven Kotler and Peter Diamandis</b><p>Exponential technologies are technologies that have the ability to generate change and improve lives in ways …

Nonprofits

Which type of leader are you?

by Stephanie Christopher<p>As chief executive of the world's largest chief executive network, I'm often asked about the best type of leadership style. …

Leadership

10 Steps a Leader Can Take to Rebuild Lost Trust

Trust is one of the most important leadership competencies a leader can develop and consistently role model for their team members. It can take …

Communicating a Corporate Vision to Your Team

Amit* manages a team of 40 people around the globe for a massive tech company. After months of furiously working on a new product to be the first to market, his boss told him that the company’s strategy had shifted. The product’s launch plans were then delayed, and competitors began gobbling up …

Management

Recent Survey Reveals Four Of The Top Leadership Behaviors

There’s a leadership gap that exists in industry today. In government, education, business and non-profit sectors, leadership have become an exception rather than the rule due mainly to the “me” centric approach that governs self-interest. If leadership is about authentic self-expression that …

Leadership

Best advice from CEOs: 40 execs' secrets to success

Warren Buffett<p><b>Chairman and CEO—</b><b>Berkshire Hathaway</b><p>Advice for young women: “You do the same thing a male will do. You follow your passions. You find …

How We Built a New Company Culture

Too often, any thought of changing a culture, never mind rebuilding it, seems like a Sisyphean task; the weight of the status quo ultimately rolls back and crushes such efforts.<p>I learned this while leading a turnaround of NPS Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company that now specializes in creating …

21 Quotes From Henry Ford On Business, Leadership And Life

I knew, before starting to write this post, what we all know about Henry Ford: founder of Ford MotorCompany, seminal proponent of mass production in the form of the assembly line, creator of the Model T and author of the tart line, “you can have it in any color you want, as long as it is black.” …

10 Ways To Make Each Day A Leadership Masterpiece

Brian Layer, Brigadier General, United States Army (Retired) knows a few things about leadership. Brian is a West Point graduate who also holds three masters degrees. He twice commanded a brigade in Iraq, and is perhaps the most gifted and humble leader I’ve ever worked with. Brian now chairs our …

Three Qualities Every Leader Needs to Succeed on a Team

“I want your help developing my direct reports into stronger leaders,” John* the new CEO of Fasseni, a $350 million technology company, told me several years ago.<p>Initially, I approached the request like any consultant might.<p>First, I asked John why he wanted my help. He told me that Fasseni had …

10 Keys To Writing A Speech

<i>“This is my time.”</i><p>That attitude will kill a speech every time.<p>You’ve probably sat through some lousy speeches. Despite the speakers’ renown, you eventually tuned them out over their self-indulgent tangents and pointless details. You understood something these speakers apparently didn’t: This was …

Rethinking the Work of Leadership

In 1973, Peter Drucker stated in his book Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, “Management is not culture-free, that is, part of the world of nature. It is a social function. It is, therefore, both socially accountable and culturally embedded.”<p>Some thirteen years later, Tom Peters …

How To Influence Anyone, Any Time, Anywhere: 4 Subconscious Secrets

How many times have you tried to influence, enroll, engage someone in the past 2 weeks?<p>How many times were you successful?<p>Now more than ever leaders need to be able to influence outcomes. Good intentions are rarely assumed, people are on the lookout for manipulative tactics, and even subtle …

8 Tips For Dealing With Difficult People

Like the old <i>Saturday Night Live</i> character, Debbie Downer, some people are only happy when they’re unhappy and bringing down everyone else around them too.<p>Here are eight tips for dealing with difficult people at work.<p>1. Don’t get dragged down—The old saying is “Misery loves company.” The most …

5 Strategies That Will Turn Your Employees Into Leaders

My boss once told me that managers should always have an exit strategy. Because if (fingers crossed) you receive a promotion or new position, you’ll need to have a plan in place for your departure—including a solid suggestion for someone to fill your role. And that means you need to be preparing …

'It's Always About Service To Others': Leadership Lessons From A Soldier CEO

For 30 years, Lieutenant General Jeffrey W. Talley has been in and out of the military, first as an army officer for ten years, and then, while a member of the Army Reserve, earning a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering and holding a series of civilian jobs, including for the Army Corp. of …

The 7 Ways Successful People Approach Their Work

When it comes to work, everyone has their own methods for getting tasks done.<p>But it turns out that the most successful people tend to have similar habits.<p>Or, so says Laura Vanderkam, author of a new mini e-book, “What the Most Successful People Do at Work.” (The e-book is the third in a series, …

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Good Employees Make Mistakes. Great Leaders Allow Them To.

As a business leader, I found that one of the scariest things to do was to give your people the freedom to make mistakes. While mistakes allow individuals to learn and grow, they can also be very costly to any company. Scared as I was, I knew that truly great leaders found ways to allow their …

3 Questions For Monitoring The Health Of Your Team

I’m addicted to learning. At one point, my parents almost convinced me to go to graduate school for no reason other than the fact that I enjoyed school. Luckily, I chose a different option and started Digital Talent Agents instead, but the learning bug has not let me go just yet.<p>As we build our …

5 Things Leaders Are Thinking, But Not Talking About

It amazes me just how many leaders don’t act like leaders. They define themselves more by their job title and job description, rather than the required courage, resiliency and determination to continually renew and reinvent themselves – while at the same time having their team’s best interests at …

Seven Ways to Get Your Idea Off the Ground

A sobering truth about creativity and innovation is that even a fabulous idea isn’t good enough. It also has to get attention. It has to win the acceptance of other people, including bosses and clients. And, unfortunately, the graveyard is full of great ideas nobody ever heard of, because they …