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Leadership Lessons from Tragedies, Near-Misses, Hardships, and Mistakes

Great leaders learn from even the worst situations – perhaps especially the worst. Find out what some great leaders learned from holding a man’s hand as he took his dying breath at work, a falling crate smashing to bits on the factory floor a few feet from visitors, a painstaking walk across the entire country […]

Beating the Odds by Writing Your Own Script

Sometimes the best way to come up with a creative solution to an impossible problem is to change the problem definition to create more degrees of freedom. When it looks like there’s no solution, here is a practical strategy to break through the other side by simply changing the rules. Today’s post is by Andy […]

Is your organization rigorous about succession planning?

Our reader poll today asks: Is your organization rigorous about succession planning? – Yes. We have a thorough process for succession planning: 10% – Kind of. We do succession planning only for key roles: 38% – No. When there’s a hole, we’ll figure it out: 52% Waiting for a crisis. It’s scary to think that over […]

Can Thought Leadership Be Quantified and Measured? Oh YES!

The ROI of thought leadership can be hard to quantify but there is definitely a return on the investment. Positioning yourself as an expert carries huge benefits. Today’s post is by Ken Lizotte, author of The Speaker’s Edge (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Positioning yourself and your firm as a leading edge thinker and […]

How has your business shifted since the last time you wrote your strategic plan?

Our reader poll today asks: How has your business shifted since the last time you wrote your strategic plan? – Not at all: We’re right on plan: 6% – A little: The plan is mostly intact: 32% – A bunch: Parts have held but others haven’t: 32% – A ton: The strategic plan is out […]

How to Lead Your Own Revolution

There’s a lot of unrest out there in the world. Social issues dominate the headlines and people are taking action. Some movements feel like small revolutions. The question is, as a leader, what revolution are you leading? Revolution. It’s cleansing. It’s unsettling. It’s awesome. The wonderful thing is you can start your own. Revolution is […]

3 Simple Tools to Create the Needed Commitment to Change

Any major change initiative requires effort to bring people along and get them committed. The keys to doing so are stakeholder involvement, communication, and involvement. Today’s post is by R. Kendall Lyman and Tony C. Daloisio, authors of Change the Way You Change (CLICK HERE to get your copy). A few years ago, we were […]

Contemporary Leaders Know How They Impact Others

Awareness of what you’re good at and what’s holding you back can help you grow as a leader and play to strengths you already have. Focus on your best characteristics to unlock your true potential. Today’s post is by Diana Jones, author of Leadership Material: how personal experience shapes executive presence (CLICK HERE to get your […]

How easily do you get overwhelmed by spikes in your workload?

Our reader poll today asks: How easily do you get overwhelmed by spikes in your workload? – Not at all. I can handle anything that comes at me: 48% – Somewhat. A big spike can overwhelm me: 49% – Very. It doesn’t take much to make me feel overwhelmed: 3% Bring it on (mostly)! Workload […]

Treat Your People Like Individuals to Get Better Engagement

The following is an excerpt from One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership (CLICK HERE to get your copy). This post focuses on the importance of knowing and treating the members of your team as individuals. The better you understand your people, the better you will relate to them. First you […]