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Leslie Grossman
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Welcome to the Collaboration Economy! Today's success depends on what the most effective leaders and business development executives have known for decades - when you create mutually beneficial relationships, your business and personal visions flourish.

As a VISTAGE chair I lead a group of CEOs to contribute to each other's success. My book Link Out: How to Turn Your Network into a Chain of Lasting Connections, John Wiley) propels this strategy into action. My vision is to help people throughout the world shift into this new economy with outstanding results for themselves, their companies and organizations by personally speaking, training, facilitating interactive sessions, webcasts, & discussions. Your own "Link Out" journey begins by identifying your vision, learning the leadership and business development skills needed to fulfill that vision; then linking out via a new networking model with the goal of building trusted relationships that multiply and expand bringing you business and career results and fulfillment. Let's move into the Collaboration Economy together!

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Is Competition or Collaboration the Key to Success On and Off the Court?

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 7:40 PM

Some may believe I am obsessed with collaboration. In my work and in my life I encourage CEOs, companies, organizations and individuals to come together to collaborate for the best results. Books like Co-opetition (Adam Brandenburger) and The Death of Competition (James F. Moore), as well as my own book...

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Leadership 3.0: How Diana Nyad Defied Life's Challenges and How You Can, Too

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 11:15 AM

Her mantra was, "Find a way." At the age of 64, on September 1, 2013, Diana Nyad became the first person to successfully swim the treacherous Florida Straits, a 110-mile passage from Cuba to Florida, without the protection of a shark cage. It's a notorious stretch of water...

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Opt-In or Opt-Out? What Will the Next Generation of Women Do?

(4) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 4:03 PM

The recent New York Times Magazine article "The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In" followed up with the women featured in "The Opt-Out Revolution", an article originally written by Lisa Belkin in the New York Times Magazine in October 26, 2003.

When the original article...

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Women Leaders Sizzle This Summer

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 1:24 PM

Summer hasn't officially hit the mid-way mark, yet the thermometer has exceeded expectations with heat waves all over the U.S. In concert with these extremely high temperatures, women leaders have been sizzling -- their actions and voices are heating up media everywhere. Here are a few of the women leaders...

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Why Women Need Men to Get Ahead... And Vice Versa

(5) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 6:11 PM

During the last 20 years, women have been talking to ourselves and complaining. We have been complaining about the small number of women CEOs leading companies. We have been complaining about the small percentage of women on corporate boards. We complain about the small percentage of women leaders in government....

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5 Rules for a Fearless Career

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 1:46 PM

2013-03-05-linkout.png Relationships open our minds, open our hearts and open doors.   In a slow economy, opening doors just may be the most important benefit of building powerful relationships - particularly our business relationships.  Yet with our hectic 1440 minute days, how much time do...

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The Party Is Just Starting for UN Women

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2011 | 2:31 PM

The launch of UN Women in the UN General Assembly Hall this week, February 24th, felt like a celebration. There was indeed a reason to celebrate. Who wouldn't celebrate the vision set forth by the United Nations for global gender equality and the empowerment of women? The leaders and celebrities...

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Courage Under Fire

(6) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 8:06 AM

These days people's courage is surely being tested. It's under fire. Courage could be one of the least appreciated leadership principles. I am truly inspired by how the citizens of the world are mustering up their courage on a daily basis to make change that impacts all of us.


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The Best Gifts Come From Small Businesses

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 11:06 AM

No matter how much we have been impacted by the economy, we'll all be out shopping for holiday gifts. But before you match your shopping list to your choice of retailers -- online and off -- think about how your purchases will impact the economy.

Small business is the lifeline...

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Are You Voting for the Women?

(3) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 10:40 AM

In one of the most contentious political years ever remembered (by me), we have tea parties shouting down latte drinkers, broadcast icons blasting lies and innuendos over the airwaves and politicians and supporters riling up hundreds of thousands through accusations never proven. Some may consider this exciting. But for me...

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What's Happened to America? Huffington's Third World America Warns of the Worst and Offers Solutions

(5) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 7:06 PM

Here I sit, working on a Sunday, as usual. (It takes 24/7 to keep going in 2010.) But today I'm not doing my normal work, I'm reading Arianna Huffington's latest book Third World America, which is riveting. Reading this book is like reading a dramatic fictional best-seller. But unfortunately, it...

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Big Brother Proves Bully Bosses Don't Win on TV or in the Office

(16) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 12:16 PM

It's a little embarrassing to share my addiction to Big Brother -- the summer reality show on CBS that drops 14 strangers or houseguests into a fake house on a TV set for three months to compete for a $500,000 prize. I could blame my addiction on my husband, but...

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The George Steinbrenner Leadership Model

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 5:30 PM

Yes, I am a Yankee fan. I follow every game. I read the sports page. Well at least the stories about the Yankees. I love the players. And I have always been fascinated by George Steinbrenner, owner of the most successful franchise in baseball history, the Yankees. His passing truly...

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What's Your New Business Model for 2010

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2010 | 2:05 PM

For many of us in the world of business, and particularly business owners and leaders, 2009 was a year to which we are thrilled to say "adieu." Now that we're past it, I can stop being angry at 2009, and take a moment to say thank you for all that...

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Burton's Alice in Wonderland Walks in the Footprints of Five Women Named Alice

(10) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 2:16 PM

Recently I went to see Tim Burton's film Alice In Wonderland. Much has been written about the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton collaboration, the film's record-breaking $116 million debut, and its 3-D presentation. But little has been written about Alice. After all, isn't Alice In Wonderland all about Alice? Linda Wooverton wrote...

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It's a New Dawn, a New Day, and a New Life For Small Business... And I'm Feeling Good

(4) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 1:19 PM

If you haven't listened to the song "Feeling Good," recorded by some of the greatest singers from Nina Simone to Frank Sinatra to Michael Buble, it's time to go to YouTube and listen to it. I'd like to make the tune the theme song for America's small businesses this year....

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Learning Leadership From the New York Yankees

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 7:19 AM

I'm in ecstasy. My New York Yankees won the World Series. And they clinched it 9 minutes
before my birthday. I got the best birthday gift money can't buy. My happiness caused me to reflect about why I love the Yankees so much. The answer popped into my head...

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Changing the World by Changing the Gender Gap

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2009 | 9:51 AM

Mathematics and statistics used to be boring to me. Then, my husband introduced me to the TV Show Num3rs, which is about how mathematics helps solve crimes. It's an engaging show, based on true stories, about 2 brothers, one a mathematician and the other an FBI agent, who combine their...

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What Leaders Can Learn from a Baseball Umpire

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2009 | 9:54 AM

I am a huge New York Yankee fan and I talk about them and write about them a lot.
This annoys some of my female friends and business associates but I can't help it. I learned to enjoy professional sports from my husband Richie and my son Josh....

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Women: We Are Still The Out Crowd

(3) Comments | Posted October 19, 2009 | 10:36 AM

Recent headlines remind me again that things are far from equal in the power suites of America. What's worse is so many men are not even aware of what they say or what they do publicly to exclude women. They subconsciously communicate - through both words and actions - to...

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