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Matt Tenney
Matt Tenney is the author of Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Board Room (Wiley 2014). He is also an international keynote speaker, a trainer, and a consultant with the prestigious Perth Leadership Institute, whose clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies. He works with companies, associations, universities, and non-profits to develop highly effective leaders who achieve lasting success by focusing on serving and inspiring greatness in the people around them. Matt envisions a world where the vast majority of people realize that effectively serving others is the key to true greatness. When he’s not traveling for speaking engagements, he can often be found in Nashville. You can connect with Matt and learn more about his book at

Entries by Matt Tenney

Can Business Leaders Help Prevent the Next "Baltimore"?

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2015 | 4:28 PM


To be sure, the causes of the crisis in Baltimore are many and complex. However, it does seem clear that the death of Freddie Gray was less of a root cause and more of a "last straw" in a hay stack of frustration...

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Increase Sales By Being An Example Of Service

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 12:16 PM


Bridget is a project manager for a tech company called Qstream. Her role is essentially to create a strategy to implement technology that has already been purchased in a way that best meets the business needs of the client. She is...

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Serve Others By Being a Healthy Device User

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 6:41 PM


It's 10:00 p.m. and, trying to adhere to your New Year's resolution to get more sleep (likely inspired by Arianna Huffington's book, Thrive), you're getting into bed with the intention of going to sleep.

You set the...

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The Power of Asking Your Team for Feedback

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 5:33 PM

As leaders, we are usually required to give feedback to our team members on a regular basis. But it can often be challenging to get the feedback we need to grow. The more senior our position, the more challenging it can be...
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The Most Important Leadership Skill There Is

(4) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 5:01 PM


There are so many aspects to effectively leading others. Have you ever felt overwhelmed just thinking about where to begin?

For instance, we know that we need good business acumen, but we also need to have the emotional intelligence that allows us to...

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How Helpfulness Drives Employee Engagement

(3) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 10:18 AM


Most leaders are aware of the link between employee engagement and business results. We've seen studies like Aon Hewitt's 2013 Trends in Global Employee Engagement, which showed that a 5% increase in engagement is linked to a 3% increase in revenues.


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How to Develop Innovative Leaders at Every Level of Your Organization

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 9:10 PM


At age 22, Jennifer Prosek started a public relations company. She was highly motivated and talented, and was able to start building a team of people to work with her. But the addition of new team members seemed to stall the growth of...

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How to Turn Adversaries Into Allies

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 10:51 AM


In 1959 a young baseball player in Japan signed his first professional contract to pitch for the Yomiuri Giants. Unfortunately, he did poorly as a pitcher and was moved to play first base instead.

His hitting was also quite poor. His batting...

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Close More Sales: Be a Servant

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 1:48 PM


My first experience as a sales trainer and coach was with a privately held energy company with nearly 400 employees. I was so excited to have the opportunity to work with up-and-coming sales representatives to help them improve sales while also enjoying their...

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Take Action Without Overthinking

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 11:40 AM


I was in India with my cousin Vivek, and I had asked him to take me on a typical bus that he takes to work because I wanted to do what the locals do: take a bus to work. On my insistence, he...
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How to Ensure That Values Are Actually Lived in Your Organization

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 2:28 PM

2014-09-25-integrity.jpgMost leaders today understand the importance of having clearly articulated values that guide the decisions and behaviors of team members.

But it seems that many organizations treat "core values" as just another couple of buzz words.

Leaders get excited...

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3 Forces That Keep You From Unleashing Your Best Work

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 12:22 PM

What do you think is the most valuable land on the planet?

Manhattan? Diamond deposits? Oil fields, perhaps?

According to Todd Henry, author of the book Die Empty, the most valuable land on the planet is our graveyards because there you can find a never-ending supply of amazing...

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Two Ideas to Help You Nail Your Next Meeting

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 2:55 PM

The other day I was waiting in a lobby for a meeting to begin. There were about 10 other people waiting for the same meeting. We were all strangers and we were all meeting with someone with whom we surely wanted to make a good impression. It was not quite...

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How to Embrace Change and Make It a Tool for Growth

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 2:55 PM


Intellectually, we all know that the one constant in the workplace -- indeed in each moment of life -- is change. We know that each moment is never quite the same as the one that precedes it.

Yet, for many of us,...

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Why Your Opinion Sucks: And Mine Does, Too

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 4:39 PM


My friend, the purpose of this post is to simply demonstrate why your opinion sucks.

Don't worry, though. You're not alone.

My opinion sucks, too.

I actually don't have anything against your opinion. What I would like to demonstrate is that all opinions...

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6 Tools for Creating High Performance Teams

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 11:43 AM


The world is replete with organizations with great strategies. But how many of those great strategies are actually executed?

Less than 15%. That's the number that John Spence shared with me when we spoke recently.

John is the...

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3 Simple Questions for Being an Extraordinary Conversationalist

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 10:21 AM


"Oh no! Another networking reception?"

Do you ever feel this way when you think about the next social event where you'll be a room full of people you don't know and expected to "network"?

Do you think, "Not another hour of, 'So,...

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A Quick-Start Guide to Self-Control

(3) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 1:17 PM


It was 2 o'clock on a Saturday afternoon. The workweek was almost over for me.

"You've already done so much this week," I told myself. "It's okay if you aren't entirely productive on a Saturday," I said in my mind.

"It's okay...

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5 Tools for Mastering Fear

(11) Comments | Posted June 14, 2014 | 9:15 AM


Of the many unpleasant emotions we can experience, fear may just top the list.

But fear is more than just physically unpleasant. Fear can also keep us from pursuing the things in life that really matter -- like following...

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The Surprising Secret to Employee Engagement

(5) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 7:36 PM


Ever since the Conference Board began studying it in 1987, employee engagement has steadily declined. A recent Gallup Poll reported that only 30 percent of Americans are actively engaged while at work. Have you ever wondered why this is happening?

I recently had...

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