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4 Things Solitude Will Do for You

W E LIVE in an age of noise. Getting some time for yourself is a challenge. But if we are going to lead effectively, we need white space. We need solitude. I know none of us have any extra time, but there is overwhelming evidence that...Show More Summary

5 Ways You Can Improve Your Relationships

K NOWING how to work with and relate to people is an imperative. Relationship building is critical for anyone wishing to rise to any position of leadership. The guidelines for achievement are many. Here are five ideas you might be able to start using today: Avoid becoming an antagonist. Show More Summary

How to Harness the Power of Your Intuition

T HE SECRET to the visionaries we celebrate is that they made connections that others overlooked. They saw their hunches as opportunities. They are smart people to be sure, but their A-ha moments come from “their prolonged practice of...Show More Summary

Leadership Lessons from a 19th Century Genius

W ILLIAM JAMES, one of the great thinkers of the late 19th century and the father of modern American psychology, has much to offer the modern executive. Here is just a small sample of how James’s insights have helped me in my career: “A...Show More Summary

What Kind of Innovator Are You?

I N EVERYTHING WE DO, we bring with it our personal view of the world. That is both our biggest asset and contribution and our biggest obstacle. We can easily get caught up in trying to make things be the way we think they should be from our perspective. Show More Summary

Employees Do Care – and How that Helps your Bottom Line

O FTENTIMES managers and executives push for organizational change and growth, yet their businesses continue to suffer from profit loss, lack of productivity, a decline in employee morale, and frustration. Why? Is it due to employeeShow More Summary

13 Ways to Make Your Employees Pull Their Hair Out

How Horrible Bosses Can Make Workers Miserable. Sadly, I would have to say that I have learned more from bad bosses that good ones. Specially, they taught me what not to do. Here are 13 lessons.

Ten Difficult, But Really Important Words

Here’s What to Say When You Blow It. Many words in the English language are difficult. In fact, there’s even a Dictionary of Difficult Words. But none are more difficult than these: “I’m sorry. I was wrong. Will you please forgive m...

How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust

I N Collaborating with the Enemy, Adam Kahane shares a joke he heard while working in Cape Town, South Africa that exemplifies the stalemate we feel when trying to work with people who just can’t see it our way:Faced with our country’s overwhelming problems, we have two options: a practical option and a miraculous option. Show More Summary

The Secret to Negotiating a Better Deal

3 Ways to Put Yourself Exactly Where You Need to Be. Years ago, I received some great advice about how to negotiate the deal you want. In fact, I would say this is the secret to successful negotiating.

First Look: Leadership Books for August 2017

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in August. The Innovation Code: The Creative Power of Constructive Conflict by Jeff DeGraff and Staney DeGraff The Mood Elevator: Take Charge of Your Feelings, BecomeShow More Summary

LeadershipNow 140: July 2017 Compilation

Here are a selection of tweets from July 2017 that you might have missed: Two Truths About Humans that Leaders Must Always Remember by @KevinEikenberry Honorable Leadership by @BarnettTalks Driscoll's CEO on servant leadership via @SmartBrief 10...Show More Summary

Why I’m Going on a Sabbatical, and You Should Too

5 Things I Learned When We Got Away From It All. I am about to embark on a sabbatical for the next month to get away, enjoy time with family, and do some long-range thinking. Americans typically don’t take all of their vacation days, much less go off on sabbaticals. The idea of an extended period away from work may sound like an exotic concept or, […]

What I’ve Learned From Being Fired

3 Things Being Canned Taught Me About Management. It’s easy to look at successful people and envy their situation. What you often don’t see is the pain they went through to get there. I’ve made lots of mistakes. In fact, I’ve actually been fired from three jobs. Here’s what I learned.

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

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