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What it Really Takes to Run Your Own Firm

People tell me all the time “I want to do what you do.” They have some glorified vision of what it means to be an entrepreneur. The day to day grittiness of it is something that few understand. Here’s a view into that day to day. Entrepreneurship is a great life – as long as […]

This Hidden Enemy is Making Your Job Harder than Necessary

We can be victims of our own thoughts holding us back. False equivalencies limit our beliefs and can turn our greatest strengths into barriers and limitations. Today’s post is by Elizabeth B. Crook, author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next (CLICK HERE to get your copy). As a business leader, you know […]

What do you believe is the most effective form of growth?

Our reader poll today asks: What do you believe is the most effective form of growth? – Organic: 49% – Acquisition: 15% – Geographic expansion: 10% – New product introduction: 23% – Other: 3% Go organic. The large majority of you are fans of growing your existing business and taking it to new customers or […]

Is Your Team Built to Last?

Our teams are under tremendous pressure. That pressure creates stress which diminishes performance. You can build a more resilient team through some simple leadership behaviors. Today’s post is by Jon Wortmann, thoughtLEADERS instructor and author of Hijacked by Your Brain. He’s our primary instructor for our Building Leadership Resilience course. Let’s imagine that you are […]

5 Project Management Lessons from Walking Across Spain

Whether it’s knowing what you need and what you don’t on a project or knowing how to manage conflict effectively, a long 500 mile stroll can help you build these skills. A few summers ago, I hiked the ancient Camino de Santiago trail across Spain. It was the best month of my life for many […]

Have you ever taken a huge risk that didn’t work out?

Our reader poll today asks: Have you ever taken a huge risk that didn’t work out? – Yes, I’ve made a huge bet and it was a big disaster: 70% – No, whenever I’ve taken such risks, they’ve always worked out: 17% – No, I’ve never made a big bet: 13% Can you handle the […]

The Power and Danger of Overallocating Goals

Goal setting can be tricky business. By overallocating goals from top to bottom, you can improve the odds of hitting your top level goal; but be careful you don’t put too much pressure on your team members. Goals shouldn’t just tie from your strategy down to the individual goals. When you add your goals up, […]

When Going Global, Customize Your Management Strategy

When dealing with global business partners and operating in foreign lands, you don’t have to rely on country generalizations. Analyze your unique contacts for maximum effectiveness. Today’s post is by Dierdre Mendez, author of The Culture Solution (CLICK HERE to get your copy). For stressed managers dealing with international employees and partners, a profile describing […]

Do you prefer to be in the spotlight or to work in the background?

Our reader poll today asks: Do you prefer to be in the spotlight or to work in the background? – I love the spotlight and getting attention for my work: 23% – I prefer to do my work in the background and stay out of the limelight: 77% Out of sight… Clearly the majority of you […]

The Same Personality Trait Can Define Two Very Different Leaders

Personality and leadership are inextricably linked. Two people with the same personality trait can be two very different leaders. Today’s post is by Ron Warren, author of Personality at Work (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Personality and Leadership Personality and leadership are inextricably linked. Think of how many professionals experience your personality through your […]