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Business Leadership

Why Is It So Hard to Give up Control?

Great Work Cultures | Posted 04.13.2015 | Business
Great Work Cultures

There is a strong appreciation for the benefits that self-management can bring, such as organizational agility, innovation, and increased individual commitment. But when it comes to the possibility of leaders losing their positional power, things start to go adrift.

5 Ways To Deal With Adversity In Business

Alex Pirouz | Posted 04.13.2015 | Small Business
Alex Pirouz

Sometimes, it takes a trip to hell and back to really open your eyes. And sometimes, really opening your eyes can change your whole life. If you're an entrepreneur, that means it also changes the way you see your job -- running the company you started.

A Call to Leadership

Jamelle Sanders | Posted 04.08.2015 | Business
Jamelle Sanders

Leadership has hit a tipping point globally and how we respond will determine the future of leadership.A call has been issued to twenty-first century leadership; however, the call must be coupled with commitment if we want to see change.

4 Key Characteristics of Effective Leaders

Rosalind Cardinal | Posted 03.30.2015 | Small Business
Rosalind Cardinal

I have spent many years working with, observing, teaching and coaching leaders. I have also heard many stories from employees about leaders they have loved to work for and those they have not enjoyed as much. There are some key themes that I have observed in leaders who are highly effective and get the best from people they work with.

Find Your Hidden Strength in the Overlooked Middle

Thuy Sindell | Posted 03.26.2015 | Business
Thuy Sindell

In the context of the workplace, companies pay attention to the top performers and give them a multitude of perks to attract them to stay and perform even better. I often ask the leaders who say they need to spend 80 percent of their time with their top 20 percent performers -- why do this?

5 Insightful Ways to Approach Strategic Leadership

Nancy Laws | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Nancy Laws

Having a strategic approach to leadership is essential in building a thriving organization. Leadership will help to shape every part of the culture, and will help to determine success and failure.

Twitter Beckons, Business Leaders Go Missing

Andrea Learned | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
Andrea Learned

The long established brand emphasis on raising business-to-consumer awareness (B2C) has lead to neglect of the as-important opportunities in developing business-to-business (B2B) thought leadership.

The Impact of Leadership on Business Success

Alex Pirouz | Posted 03.11.2015 | Business
Alex Pirouz

When it comes to achieving business success, most people think it is mostly because of the strategy that the business comes up with. Strategy is one part of a whole range of reasons but not the only reason for success.

Making Purpose Work

Judith Samuelson | Posted 03.06.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

The question on the table now goes to the heart of bold and persistent experimentation: If we think there is a better way to operate, what is it, and what is needed to move the needle at scale? How will the change take place?

In Praise of Mother F------ Bosses

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 03.02.2015 | Business
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Remember that this is an age of outsourcing, downsizing, the near-death experience of the global financial system and -- for developed economies -- competition from places that don't particularly care about their employees' emotional well-being.

9 Business Lessons You Should Learn From Musicians

Simon Tam | Posted 04.18.2015 | Small Business
Simon Tam

You don't need to look at the next innovation from Apple to learn what you should be applying to your venture. If you want to create a loyal following but don't have a huge budget, learn from the people who achieve these goals on limited resources all the time: musicians.

The Inspiration of John C. Whitehead

Judith Samuelson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Whitehead served at Omaha Beach as well as in the State Department, and he made his mark on New York City on occasions too numerous to count. He lived long and well, and deserves all the accolades we can offer up.

Listen to Learn, Learn to Lead

Andrea Learned | Posted 04.08.2015 | Business
Andrea Learned

How often do you hear a leader described in the media as a "good listener?" Not often. That may be because, both in theory and by tradition, descriptions of leadership still tend to focus more on the output than the input.

6 Lessons I Learned Leading a Cross-Sector Collaboration

Bobbi Silten | Posted 04.13.2015 | Business
Bobbi Silten

I believe cross-sector collaboration is often the best way to tackle complex problems, as we can access more wisdom and power if we work across sectors. But these types of efforts can sometimes be frustrating and will fall short if not effectively led.

Being a Leader of One

Val Jon Farris | Posted 04.03.2015 | Business
Val Jon Farris

I was recently asked during an interview what I thought the most important leadership principle and practice might be. My reply was, "being a leader of one." This translates to recognizing that leadership is an "inside job."

The Power of One

Jack Nadel | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.

How Do I Make My Team More Accountable - Start Here

David Dye | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
David Dye

The CEO had caught me in the hallway, looked around to make sure she wasn't overheard, and nearly shouted, "I'm so tired of this - people need to be more accountable!"

6 Management Styles and When to Use Them

Rosalind Cardinal | Posted 03.15.2015 | Business
Rosalind Cardinal

Think back on your career and the managers you have had. I am sure that you have had good managers and others who were maybe not so great. When I ask people to list what made the good managers "good," most of the examples they give me are to do with behavior, or style.

8 Top Ways to Lead by Example

Rosalind Cardinal | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Rosalind Cardinal

When leaders say one thing but do another, they erode trust, a critical element of productive leadership. When people are cynical and distrustful, they will never give you their best at work and leading them gets more challenging as a result.

Managing Conflict at Work

Rosalind Cardinal | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Rosalind Cardinal

Confrontation and conflict between people is as old as, well, people. Any time you have humans operating together there are going to be times when people disagree. So how should conflict be managed in teams?

The Fire Within

Janine Garner | Posted 03.11.2015 | Business
Janine Garner

How badly do you want to achieve your goal? How much are you prepared to sacrifice along the way?

2015: 'Let's Ask the Right Questions About Corporate Compensation'

Judith Samuelson | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Fresh winds are blowing through both boardrooms and MBA programs these days, stirring up debate about the fundamentals of doing business.

How to Effectively Use Management Consultants

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 01.31.2015 | Business
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

As a management consultant, I am often called on to help an organization in trouble, but it is easier to know when a person is ill and needs a doctor than when an organization is sick and needs a consultant. What are some of the problems that may require these services?

Your Only Job: Be Kind. Be Present. Be Clear.

Andrew Blum | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
Andrew Blum

As a management consultant, I get asked for advice all the time on a wide range of topics: How can I best lead a high stakes meeting? How do I handle a difficult conversation? How do I more effectively manage a strategic transition at our company?

6 Reasons Startup CEOs Can't Afford to be Anti-Social

Mark Babbitt | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
Mark Babbitt

While startup CEOs are launching their company they must go big with their social presence. Because anything less isn't just a missed opportunity to build a brand -- it means they're just as anti-social as the old-school CEOs they might eventually compete against.