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Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Business, company culture, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, Strategy | 0 comments

Embracing the Core of Your Culture

You already have the ingredients to make your company far more powerful. You might not realize it, but there is something in the makeup of your company that a strong, dynamic culture can be built around. Something that can focus your whole organization on its prime purpose.

The key is identifying that thing.

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Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Business, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, Strategy | 0 comments

Why Fresh Starts Matter

Katherine Milkman is determined to help us do better next time. In one of her most recent studies, the James G. Campbell Jr. Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania looks at what she and her coauthors call the “fresh-start effect”: the energy and determination we feel when we’re able to wipe the slate clean. According to Milkman’s research, the same momentum that drives us to join the gym in January can be harnessed to help us focus on the pursuit of goals at other times throughout the year.

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Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Business, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, leadership presence, Social Media | 0 comments

Why Our Complex World Needs Connective Leadership

“Diversity trumps ability” as a sufficiently diverse, large group of non-experts often outperforms a small group of experts,” found Future Perfect author Steven Johnson. In our increasingly complex, disruptive world, we will face more situations where we’ll benefit from calling on the so-called wisdom of the crowd.

Thus it behooves us to have colleagues with very different work and life experiences, and from diverse professions and industries.

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Culture, Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, leadership presence, Strategy, Transparency | 1 comment

3 Critical Attributes of Leadership Presence

In the best leaders with whom I’ve worked, there are three consistent attributes I’ve noticed. These attributes create a presence that is strong, professional and trusted. Most importantly, the persona is unique. Executive presence can look very different from leader to leader, but the sense that employees trust an executive is the constant.

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, leadership presence, Social Media | 0 comments

21st Century Secrets of Leadership Gravitas

You know if you are in the presence of someone with gravitas because they hold everyone’s attention instantly and hypnotically, even if you don’t always know why. There are now two rooms in the 21st century. How does a leader own the room when the room is virtual and the audience can be global?

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Business, Communication, Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, Transparency | 2 comments

When I Don’t Trust Myself as a Leader

A number of leaders have shared this with me, quietly, as we’ve been exploring the whole concept of trust, how it works, how it breaks down, how to build it, and how to be a trusted leader.

Fascinated by how often I’ve met leaders who really don’t trust themselves to lead, I wanted to know more. Here’s what I found…

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Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, Return On Morale, Strategy | 2 comments

Resilient Leadership Starts Before Needed

Seven months ago, the Rustic Crust was on track for record sales of its all-natural pizza crust. Investors were enthused about soon-to-launch products that were gluten-free, thin crusts, and basil pesto. Founder and CCEO Brad Sterl was thrilled.

Then-disaster! Fire burned the rural New Hampshire factory to the ground on March 6.

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