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How to Navigate the Choppy Waters of Crisis Management

When you face a true crisis, how do you react? Do you stress out? Do you look for someone to blame? Perhaps instead you can approach the crisis like a Hollywood director. Today’s post is by Tom Reilly, author of The Hollywood MBA (CLICK HERE to get your copy). I have spent three decades running […]




Successful Leaders Do These 3 Things to Reach Outside Their Comfort Zones

Reaching outside your comfort zone is critical for success in business and in life. If you want to be successful, follow these three tips. Today’s post is by Andy Molinsky, author of Reach (CLICK HERE to get your copy). If you play tennis, you’re probably familiar with the concept of a “second serve.” In tennis, […]




The Powerful Leadership Tool You’re Not Using Enough

Most leaders feel enormous pressure to be a rock for everyone they oversee – calm, composed, and unfailingly clear-headed. But, too often, they confuse ‘being strong’ with being unemotional robots. Today’s post is by Brandon Black and Shayne Hughes, co-authors of Ego Free Leadership (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Though countless studies verify that […]




Walking the Talk Can Be a Cliché – How Do You Make It a Reality?

Any transformational change requires the support of senior leadership. They have to demonstrate the culture they’re building by reflecting it in their daily actions. Today’s post is by Kay Kendall, author of Leading the Malcolm Baldrige Way (CLICK HERE to get your copy). The first category in the Baldrige Excellence Framework is “Leadership,” with the […]




Why Working Backward is the Key to Getting to Yes

It’s a terrible feeling to put a ton of effort into crafting a recommendation only to have it shot down in front of all your coworkers. If you want your idea approved, you should try doing things backward instead. Think about how you craft a recommendation. Typically it goes something like this: Identify problem. Gather […]




Problem Solvers Make Great Leaders

Being a problem solver can help you stand out as a leader. Finding things that aren’t going well and coming up with ways to fix them can be a true differentiator. Today’s post is by Suzanne Paling, author of The Sales Leader’s Problem Solver (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Articles on the subject of […]




Building Creative Stamina: Three Keys to Strength Training for Adults

Creativity is a skill that can be built like any other. Understanding your passion and challenging the voices in your head that say “no” are a great way to start. Today’s post is by Jane Dunnewold, author of Creative Strength Training (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Maybe it’s disingenuous to say that each of […]




Great Leaders are Always Learning

Growth of your organization is tightly tied to your growth as a leader especially if you’re an entrepreneur. Overcoming the challenges to your personal growth will, in turn, help you kick-start your company’s growth. Today’s post is by Michael Dermer, author of The Lonely Entrepreneur (CLICK HERE to get your copy). There’s a powerful book […]




3 Pitfalls to Avoid when Doing Analysis and Making Recommendations

Three major mistakes people make when conducting analysis are succumbing to confirmation bias, analysis paralysis, and generating weak results. If you’re mindful of these risks and approach your analysis rigorously and objectively, you can make a recommendation that will be easily approved. The following is an excerpt from my latest book The Elegant Pitch: Create […]




5 Keys to Marketing Across Cultures

Cross-cultural marketing is fraught with dangers if you’re not careful. Follow these five steps to ensure your marketing is received as you intended it. Today’s post is by Michael Landers, author of Culture Crossing (CLICK HERE to get your copy). If you are planning to market anything to people from a culture different from your […]