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How to Bypass Ego-Driven Drama

T HE WORLD IS full of drama. Rather than deal with reality in a constructive way, we engage in drama. It’s easier than working on what we need to deal with. It makes us feel like we are doing something. We like it, and we bring it to...Show More Summary

The Potential Principle: How Good Could You Be?

Y OU KNOW HOW GOOD you are, but do you know how good you could be? This is a case where it’s easy to think that good is good enough and get comfortable. Most of us live below our potential. As a result, we miss out on opportunities and...Show More Summary

Jeffrey Immelt's 7 Lessons on How to Lead Through Massive Changes

J EFFREY IMMELT took over General Electric from Jack Welch at a time of increasing instability. He says, "The task of the CEO has never been as difficult as it is today. In that vein, my story is one of progress versus perfection. The...Show More Summary

First Look: Leadership Books for September 2017

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September. The Potential Principle: A Proven System for Closing the Gap Between How Good You Are and How Good You Could Be by Mark Sanborn How to Be Happy at Work:Show More Summary

LeadershipNow 140: August 2017 Compilation

Here are a selection of tweets from August 2017 that you might have missed: Two Questions You Need To Stop Obsessing Over by @PhilCooke The Courage to Deliver Difficult Messages by David Grossman There’s One in Every Group (and How to...Show More Summary

The Mood Elevator

W E ALL have mood swings. But once we accept the fact that moods aren’t something that happens to us but are the result of our thinking, we can do something to control them—or at least manage them better. Senn Delaney, Chairman and founder...Show More Summary

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.

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