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Want an Abundant Life? Change Your Thinking

8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Scared by Scarcity. Over the years, I have noticed that there are two kinds of thinking. One kind leads to success, joy, and fulfillment. The other leads to failure, fear, and discontent. Which type are you?

Go Ahead Leaders, Take That Vacation

7 Strategies to Optimize Your Time Off and Come Back Refreshed. The days are getting shorter again, but it’s not too late to take a few days off before the end of summer. August is often the perfect month to take some time away from work. You should consider getting away for a bit because you probably need it. Vacations are vital for rejuvenation, especially for […]

Why Businesses and Nonprofits Need to Rethink their Benefits Packages

It’s More than a Hiring Gimmick—It’s a Tool for Fine Tuning Team Culture. There’s no greater predictor of long-term organizational success than healthy team culture. Yes, customers matter. So do products and services. But an unhealthy team won’t create the best products or serve their customers very well. Show More Summary

Why Leaders Cannot Afford to Be Easily Offended

3 Vital Truths to Remember as You Work to Make a Difference in the World. As a leader, you are going to draw fire. People will criticize you. But the greatest leaders are not easily offended. Instead, they remember these three simple truths.

5 Leadership Lessons I Learned by Walking the Camino de Santiago

T HE Camino de Santiago is a network of ancient hiking paths that all lead to a shrine to St. James in northwest Spain. I first walked that trail – 435 miles over 29 days – in 2013 and have returned twice since. My passion for discovering new hiking trails was what drew me to the Camino, but the lessons from the Camino are what keep me going back. Show More Summary

The Mathematical Corporation

Y OU WILL SOON be able to give over almost half of your cognitive work to the machine. This is not to say that you will lose control, but rather, it points to the fact that the human role will become even more critical. A mathematical...Show More Summary

Smash That Glass Ceiling With Feeling

4 Lessons to Help Strong Women Thrive in the Marketplace. Here’s an idea for women who bump up against the glass ceiling at work: Create your own business where you own the ceiling. And the good news about that DIY approach to business is that it’s easier than ever before. Christy Wright is an entrepreneur and business coach whose mission is to help create a […]

The Bridge to Growth

W HAT’S MORE IMPORTANT, strategy or execution? I believe both are critical. But what if something else is just as important? There is a third ingredient to business success, one that many companies undervalue: servant leadership. InShow More Summary

America Through the Eyes of the Founding Fathers

I N A LETTER from the second president of the United States, John Adams, to the Officers of the first Brigade of the third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts dated October 11, 1798, Adams cautioned the country against hypocrisy—saying one thing and doing another. But laws he believed, could not prevent this hypocrisy. Show More Summary

Why Great Customer Service Is So Important

5 Ways We’re Focused on Making Ours Great. Customer service is a double-edged sword. Get it right and you can make loyal, lifelong customers who sell your products for you. Get it wrong and you can find your business in real trouble. The Wrong Way to Do It My friend Frank gave me an example of the exact wrong way to do customer […]

First Look: Leadership Books for July 2017

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July. The Bridge to Growth: How Servant Leaders Achieve Better Results and Why It Matters Now More Than Ever by Jude Rake Designed Leadership by Moura Quayle Love Leads:...Show More Summary

LeadershipNow 140: June 2017 Compilation

Here are a selection of tweets from June 2017 that you might have missed: Words to Live By from @wallybock How to Accelerate Team Learning via @tnvora 3 Ways to tell if a Company Values Innovation via @DanielBurrus 10 Questions to Ask...Show More Summary

How to Push a Major Organizational Change Without the Backlash

6 Ways to Pluck the Goose Without Ruffling Feathers. When I first joined Thomas Nelson, communications with most of our staff were not where they needed to be. There was a joke at the time that was all too accurate. If you worked at our publishing house and wanted to know what was coming next, you’d just have to find out about it in […]

What Ike’s Secret D-Day Letter Shows Us About Leadership

3 Things Eisenhower Got Right About Storming the Beaches. D-Day is known as a great victory for the allied forces, the beginning of the end for the Nazis as over 150,000 troops pushed into Europe in the first wave of an invasion by sea. But it easily could have gone the other way. We can learn a great deal from the difference. A draft […]

4 Characteristics of Great Teams

T HE AMERICA'S CUP is the world’s oldest international sporting trophy, first contested in 1851 when the schooner America crossed the Atlantic and beat 15 British yachts. The trophy became known as the America’s Cup for the winning yacht in 1851. This year at the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, Team New Zealand beat the defending Oracle Team USA. Show More Summary

What Sets Apart the Greatest Teams of All-Time?

S AM WALKER revisits the popular idea of leadership. In The Captain Class, Walker describes what makes an elite captain by analyzing the leadership of sixteen of the most dominate teams in history. What he found is that each team had...Show More Summary

Humility is the New Smart: Are You Ready?

S MART used to be a quantity game. “I know more than you. I get more things right.” But Ed Hess and Katherine Ludwig say that in the new Smart Machine Age, that’s losing game. The new smart is about quality. Specifically, the quality...Show More Summary

How to Get More Cash Cows

4 Ways to Separate the Milk From the Dogs. It’s one of the toughest questions in business: Who should you be working with? Several years ago, when I was CEO of Thomas Nelson, I had one of those moments of clarity that has broad application for organizations. The “aha!” moment came when I was thinking about our professional relationships with authors and agents. Some […]

How to Fire a Monster Client: The Steps

4 Ways to Let Go and Move on to Greener Pastures. When I wrote recently about firing monster clients who eat up disproportionate time and resources, one reader replied, “Great idea. Do you have a guide for how exactly we should do that?” It was a good question. A guide like that would have been useful to me earlier in my career. I have had to […]

George Washington Shows Us How Leaders Are Readers

5 Lessons From America’s First Bookworm-in-Chief. Most Americans think of George Washington as a great leader and the father of our country, but I bet few of us think of overdue library books. When Washington was president, he took borrowed two books from a New York library and forgot to return them. According to a humorous but true story the fines […]

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