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Connie Dieken

Whacking the CEO: The Bold New Dance Moves Between the C-Suite and the Board

Connie Dieken | Posted 08.22.2016 | Business
Connie Dieken

The CEO firing was direct and dismissive. Barnes & Noble didn't stick to the bland yet reliable "we're moving in a different direction" script when it booted Chief Executive Officer Ron Boire. They didn't give him a gentle heave-ho with the old standby "he's stepping down to pursue different opportunities" tale. Instead, Barnes & Noble whacked their CEO in bold fashion.

What You Can Learn from the Presence of Prince

Connie Dieken | Posted 06.08.2016 | Business
Connie Dieken

You only need to scroll through the photos of iconic buildings bathed in purple in the days following Price's death to see evidence of his presence. F...

The Influential In-box

Connie Dieken | Posted 12.27.2014 | Business
Connie Dieken

It's time to think outside the in-box. Email is inefficient. It's bloated and broken.

Rumor is the Most Effective Communication

Connie Dieken | Posted 12.10.2014 | Business
Connie Dieken

Everyone is a broadcaster today. Yet our social media accounts don't come with ethics training. We are not required to check sources or accuracy before we spread a fire hose of misinformation through Twitter, Facebook or any other format.

Losing it Live: Michael Bay at Samsung

Connie Dieken | Posted 03.10.2014 | Business
Connie Dieken

You can now witness your worst nightmare if you deliver presentations: embarrassing yourself on stage. In this case, it happened to famed film directo...

Do You Have a Presence Problem? The Queen, Dr. King... and YOU

Connie Dieken | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Connie Dieken

Dr. Martin Luther King's gravitas was cemented 50 years ago. The "Queen of Comfort Food," Paula Deen, became persona non grata in many circles this year. Forget the fame factor. Set aside the race aspect. This is deeply personal.

How to Stay Cool Under Presentation Pressure: A Lesson From Golfer Jason Dufner

Connie Dieken | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Connie Dieken

How did Dufner stay so cool under intense pressure to win a major championship? More important, what can YOU learn from Dufner's transformation from a guy struggling to retain his PGA Tour card to a champion hoisting the coveted Wanamaker Trophy?

Narcissistic Nation: Why Egotists Are NOT the Real Deal

Connie Dieken | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Connie Dieken

The news is full of people who are full of themselves: Mayoral wannabe and serial sexter Anthony Weiner, San Diego mayor and alleged serial pervert Bo...

Influencing Your Team's Culture

Connie Dieken | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business
Connie Dieken

As a leader, you shape the culture of your team. You have the opportunity - and responsibility - to transform a collection of individuals into a high-performing group.

The Swig Heard 'Round the World

Connie Dieken | Posted 04.15.2013 | Business
Connie Dieken

In a swig heard 'round the world, Sen. Marco Rubio demonstrated why every executive must learn how to effectively communicate when Teleprompted. Lesson one: Always have water within arm's length -- not off-camera.

How to Influence Fellow Senior Leaders

Connie Dieken | Posted 04.13.2013 | Business
Connie Dieken

Membership on a senior leadership team gives you immense cachet. You're in a circle of highly visible, powerful leaders.

Enough. Stop Interrupting Me!

Connie Dieken | Posted 12.16.2012 | Business
Connie Dieken

We're living in an impatient, impulsive, instant gratification world. Interrupting, interjecting and talking over others has become the new norm. Seems everybody wants to get a word in edgewise.

How to Manage Presentation Anxiety

Connie Dieken | Posted 10.15.2012 | Business
Connie Dieken

Staying loose requires emotional regulation, especially if you're a perfectionist. If you want to boost your cognitive performance, simply tell yourself that you are fully prepared.

5 Ways the 'Fab Five' Can Make Your Team More Influential

Connie Dieken | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business
Connie Dieken

Here are five ways the 'Fab Five' can make your team more successful at the front of the room. (Minus the sparkly red leotards, of course!)

Influencer of the Week: Mark Zuckerberg's Girlfriend

Connie Dieken | Posted 07.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Connie Dieken

Medical student Priscilla Chan inspired her famously private boyfriend, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, to lead a public health revolution.

Influencer of the Week: E.L James Is Tickled Pink

Connie Dieken | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books
Connie Dieken

The author of Fifty Shades of Grey is simultaneously revving the engines of women and upending the publishing world. James is stunned that she's influencing the way books are bought and sold.

Influencer of the Week: Apple's New CEO Tim Cook

Connie Dieken | Posted 05.26.2012 | Technology
Connie Dieken

"Just do what's right," Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs reportedly advised Tim Cook, his successor as CEO of Apple Inc. That's how shift happens.

Influencer of the Week: The Kony Clip

Connie Dieken | Posted 05.14.2012 | Technology
Connie Dieken

It remains to be seen what will become of this spotlight. But the Kony 2012 movement shows that you can activate the next generation in social engagement -- in a purpose that's greater than themselves and silly cats.

Influencer of the Week: J.C. Penney's Oscar Hijacking

Connie Dieken | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business
Connie Dieken

The 110-year-old retailer used Hollywood's hottest night to reveal its own facelift. The company unveiled five clever ads during the Oscar telecast, featuring spokeswoman Ellen DeGeneres.

Influencer of the Week: Your Voice

Connie Dieken | Posted 04.14.2012 | Business
Connie Dieken

Ever lost your voice? I've been silenced by a case of full blown laryngitis this week and am under doctor's orders to stay completely silent for 48 hours. You'd be surprised how much you learn.

Influencer of the Week: The Wikipedia Blackout

Connie Dieken | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Connie Dieken

Wikipedia went dark for a day and illuminated the world on how to influence boldly in the 21st century. The site's massive one-day protest of the Sto...