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How to Crack the Self-Awareness Paradigm

To bring people together around a common cause, it is critical that a leader be self aware. Jeff Immelt’s recent comments to the cadets at West Point reminded me of this fact. Immelt, CEO of General Electric, said he he’s learned lessons...Show More Summary

Three Ways to Keep Your Ego in Check

“It’s okay if other people think you’re God, but you’re in trouble if you start believing it.” David Cornwell, a sports attorney, recalled that quote as one uttered by his father, a surgeon. While Cornwell was speaking on Larry KingShow More Summary

Finding Hope in Troubled Times

I’ve heard executives say that they have never seen things as bad as they are now. Even as the economy shows signs of recovery, it is by no means certain that recovery will be a linear process. In these troubled times, it is useful to recall examples of leaders who have survived adversity. Show More Summary

How to Speak to an Unruly Crowd

The speaker was doing his determined best to continue speaking but the audience had other ideas. Those in attendance were restless and eager to get to a reception for free drinks and snacks. Still, the speaker plowed on through his presentation, seeking to talk over the catcalls and murmuring. Show More Summary

Great Communicators Are Great Explainers

In the months since Barack Obama has taken office, a curious thing has occurred in his communication style. He has toned down the rhetoric and geared up the details. As Don Baer who once worked for President Bill Clinton put it, Obama...Show More Summary

What Outside Executives Need to Succeed

“I don’t know anything about cars,” revealed Edward Whitacre in an interview with Bloomberg News given after being named the new chairman of General Motors. “A business is a business, and I think I can learn about cars. I’m not thatShow More Summary

Oprah Winfrey and Your Leadership Brand

All leaders have a brand. Whether that term is used or not, leaders have an identifiable persona that is a reflection of what they do and how others perceive them. I call this the leadership brand. When it comes to cultivating a leadership...Show More Summary

What It Takes to Lead Now

A majority of managers just don’t understand what it means to be a leader. That’s a conclusion that I draw from a recent global survey by McKinsey and Company about what it takes to manage corporate performance. Only 48% of managersShow More Summary

The Importance of Resourcefulness

With the recession forcing us to make do with what we have, being resourceful is now a necessary skill for today’s generation of leaders. It is not simply a matter of doing more with less — companies have preached this for at least a generation. Show More Summary

Use Humility to Improve Performance

I’ve written before about the importance of humility as a leadership trait. But, as was recently pointed out to me, humility is an important trait in employees, too. When people act humbly, they are acknowledging their limitations and accepting that they cannot go it alone. Show More Summary

How Will You Make a Difference in 2010?

What will you do to make a difference in your job this year? This is a variation on a question that Michigan Radio is asking citizens about how to make things better in 2010. Since Michigan is at the epicenter of the Great Recession, there is no shortage of suggestions about what to do differently. Show More Summary

Three Big Assumptions Leaders Should Question

Corporate success rests on good leadership. Or so we all believed. For at least a generation, we have praised corporate executives as examples of good management. To me, one of the most disturbing aspects of the current recession — aside from financial insecurity — is the failure of leadership, especially corporate leadership. Show More Summary

Use Your Leadership Presence to Inspire

In times of crisis people always look for inspirational leaders. What makes for inspiration is subjective, but there is one common element when speaking about leaders who inspire: they have a strong leadership presence. By presence we...Show More Summary

Do You Really Know What Your Employees Think?

The Pew Research’s News Interest Index for a week in July concluded that people surveyed were actually more interested in stories about Michael Jackson’s death, as well as the economy and health care reform, than news media’s coverage provided. Show More Summary

Good Recoveries from Bad Communications

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the King’s horses and All the King’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again. But maybe someone in human resources can! I was reminded of this nursery rhyme when I received a query from an HR manager seeking advice on how to help one of her colleagues. Show More Summary

How to Create Clarity Amidst Uncertainty

Companies have the right to demand that employees pay attention to their jobs — it is a base requirement for performance. However, as the recent incident involving two Northwest Airlines pilots illustrates, when other issues are pressing, employees lose focus. Show More Summary

Defend Your Idea Without Being Defensive

Getting behind an idea means imbuing it with our conviction and our passion. Such commitment is vital when pushing for an initiative or suggestion that you think is important to implement. This enthusiasm also helps you bring others to your cause. Show More Summary

Sum Up Your Leadership in Six Words

Once upon a time Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story using only six words. Impossible, some thought. Not for Papa, as Neal Conan explained on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. The next day Hemingway produced this: “For sale. Baby shoes. Show More Summary

Use Salesmanship to Energize Your Organization

What do Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, and Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, have in common? Not only are both shrewd businessmen who have increased the net worth of their respective organizations substantially, both serveShow More Summary

One-Page Memos, Without Reductionism

Give it to me as a one-page memo! Many managers have received this directive from their bosses when preparing to present an idea. Ronald Reagan was famous for asking for one-page summaries and today many executives follow that example. Show More Summary

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