Dan Watson

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Focus on Improving One Leadership Competency at a Time

(By the way, it takes a year.)<p>Executive recruiting firm Egon Zehnder International learned a lot while conducting more than 25,000 management appraisals over the course of five years. The company shares its insights in the white paper "The Five Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was Promoted to the …

Human Resources

5 Keys to Inspiring Leadership, No Matter Your Style

Leadership<p>Next Article<p>The People Who Break or Manipulate the Rules Are the Ones Who Really Become Successful<p>Next Article<p>Gwen Moran • Guest Writer<p>Forget the stereotypical leadership image of a buttoned-up person in a gray suit hauling around a hefty briefcase. Today, standout leaders come in all …

7 Leadership Lies You Need to Stop Believing

President of Sanborn & Associates Inc.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We live in an age that seeks quick fixes and easy answers. Sometimes leaders abdicate their thinking to others and accept "prevailing wisdom," which is often an oxymoron.<p>I grew up, like most, …

Leadership

3 Ways Leaders Can Serve by Listening - MOJO: A Brand Identity Shop

Last time we hung out together, we talked about ways we sometimes don’t actually listen. Something I’ll unpack a little more at the CU Water Cooler …

10 Questions to Ask Yourself When Measuring Your Management Strengths

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Managers often have no problem evaluating their employees' strengths and weaknesses, but taking stock of their own skills is just as important. After all, one of the keys to success in business is knowing what you're good at and what you …

Employee Engagement

For J.Crew's CIO, Slow And Steady Wins The Race In The First 100 Days

J.Crew’s brand seems much larger than its roughly $2 billion in revenue would suggest. One of the reasons the 30 year old retailer seems larger is that it has always leveraged catalogue and Internet channels creatively in addition to its store presence. That said, its information technology was …

Multitasking Makes Managers Less Thoughtful

Managerial Omelet Anyone?<p>How Interactive Media Can Scramble Your Brain<p>Strategy + Business<p>You’re sitting at a meeting checking your e-mail on your iPad or your texts on your phone. Or, if you’re like the average college student, your attention is divided at least three ways, among the lecturer, your …

3 Ways to Be a Better Manager

It was only when I started reporting to a new boss that I realized I was a pretty terrible manager.<p>When my former boss resigned, my team and I were …

The “Instant Referendum” That’s Undermining Your Leadership

Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg knows more than a thing or two about running huge, complicated organizations and digital media. So when he notes in a farewell interview that, thanks to social media, there’s now “an instant referendum on everything; I think it’s going to make …

5 Cognitive Distortions Successful People Use To Get Things Done

The five distortions are:<p><b>1. Personal Exceptionalism</b><p>… a macro sense that you are in the top of your cohort, your work is snowflake-special, or that you are destined to have experiences well outside the bounds of "normal;" not to be confused with arrogance or high self-esteem<p><b>2. Dichotomous …

Economics

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

For all of the books (thousands) written on leadership, individuals (millions) who have participated in leadership seminars and dollars (billions) invested in leadership development, too many leadership experts still fail to distinguish between the practice of leadership and the exercise of …

The Human-Side of Leadership - Switch & Shift

I prepared for a career in business by taking management classes, obtaining a management degree and getting a job in management. My education was …

Leadership

Classic Leadership Skills You Should Apply to Your Social Life

What makes a great leader makes a great friend. Nobody wants to think of their social life as a business that needs management, but many of the best …