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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 16, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, leadership blog, leadership presence, Strategy | 0 comments

3 Ways Leaders Stay Present

Executive presence requires being present. Being present means being aware of what’s happening, in the here and now, the present moment. Being present is rarely mentioned when people discuss executive presence. Executive presence is defined as projecting confidence, speaking with a sense of assuredness, being poised, (especially under pressure) and decisive. People with executive presence are also seen as having the ability to read the room and respond appropriately to situations as they arise. This is where being present plays a critical role.

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Business, Featured, Feed Your Brain, Inspirational, Leadership, leadership blog, leadership presence | 0 comments

When Leaders Jump In With Both Feet

Yesterday a group of talented leaders froze when I asked an experimental question. Responses called for a few facts about cortisol toxins at work, taken from a required reading on brain-based business tactics.

Our atmosphere turned stoic, eyes dropped to the floor, and I felt a sudden chill sweep over robust bonds we’d built together in this vibrant leadership group. It was as if we all gained new insights into Einstein’s claim that imagination is far more important than knowledge alone.

For a comparison test, I then asked the same question in a two-footed way and facial expressions switched back to interest again as if somebody flipped on the light. The result? Unique insights began to emerge once again and people shared novel team-building tactics with renewed enthusiasm. The difference?

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, leadership blog, leadership presence, Strategy | 0 comments

4 Ways Leaders Can Trade Form for Substance

Sooner or later, they’re going to catch you picking your nose.

Well, maybe not. Maybe you’ll be fishing your keys out of a storm drain, or talking to your dry cleaner, or sneezing through a hay fever attack. But when you lead people in a meaningful way, you’re around them regularly, and sooner or later they’re bound to see you engaged in mundane everyday life.

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Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Communication, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, leadership presence | 1 comment

Leadership Lessons from Preschool Story Time

During a recent trip to the local bookstore with my 4-year-old daughter, Avi, we sat down for a storytelling session in the children’s section. The facilitator, looking like a giant on a pint-sized, blue chair, began with a simple question: “What do we need to do to get started, kids?” she asked the preschoolers and kindergarteners seated in a semi-circle in front of her.

In unison, they responded: “Open our ears, close our mouths, eyes on me (the facilitator).” I thought to myself, “Holy cow! That can work for leaders, too!”

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