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Hit Songs and Great Leadership

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Guest post by Brant Menswar and Jim Trick: While on the surface, you would think the goal of any songwriter is to write a song that dominates the airwaves, flies up the charts, sells millions of records and wins a coveted Grammy Award.

The 9 (or 99?) Ps of Leadership

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Active Listening: the Key to Leadership Success

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Guest post by Richard Lindenmuth: Leaders are often thought of as the individual undertaking the most personal risk.

To be the Best, Invest in Relationships AND Results

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Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds: If you had a rare diagnosis of an aggressive disease, wouldn’t you want to be treated by the best of the best doctors?

A Leadership Lesson from D-Day: Foresight

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Guest post by John Antal : F oresight is one of the most critical skills of a leader. Foresight is the capacity to accurately focus on the key factors of a rapidly changing and chaotic situation without losing sight of the big picture.

Ten Years After Ford’s Spectacular Turnaround, What Alan Mulally Reveals About Brand-Inspired Cultural Revolution

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Guest post from Denise Lee Yohn: It's been 10 years since Alan Mulally pulled off what has been considered one of the greatest corporate turnarounds in U.S. history.

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Successful Leaders Are Great Communicators: How to Connect with Your Employees

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Guest post from Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss: To be an effective leader and run a high-performing company, you need to be great at communicating with your employees.

Pitch the PowerPoint – and Speak as an Impromptu Leader

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Guest post by Judith Humphrey: In my career as a corporate “ghost writer,” I produced a ton of speeches and PowerPoint presentations for senior executives. The top spokespersons loved those “ready to go” talks which they delivered from behind the podium – often to large groups. All that has changed.

What's Your Leadership B Side?

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Guest post by Suzanne Vickberg and Kim Christfort: Some of you will remember the days when listening to music didn't mean streaming it on your phone but instead putting on a record.

Acquiring the Entrepreneurial Skills You Need

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Guest post from Derek Lidow: Entrepreneurs can come into their livelihood already possessing some vital skills, but no one shows up being the total package. Skills are learned over years of embracing self-improvement and education.

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The Servant Leader vs. the Human Ego

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Guest post by Ken Blanchard: Most people who consider themselves servant leaders spend the majority of their time thinking about how to help their people get what they need to achieve their goals and live according to the organizational vision.

3 Reasons Why Your Company’s “Superhero” Leadership Strategy Isn’t Working

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Guest post from Mark Busine: Would you describe your company’s CEO as Wonder Woman, or your executive vice president as Batman? Do the regional managers remind you of the Fantastic Four? I’d guess it’s unlikely that you think of your leadership team in this way.

Great Leaders Know Core Business Model Vision

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Guest post by David A. Duryea : Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Jack Welch, and even Thomas Edison are a few of the great visionary leaders in their respective industries. What made them such great leaders was not just one aspect of their management style or their respective innovations.

Ethics Is Serious Business

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Guest post by John Hooker : Everyone knows that an organization can’t function without physical infrastructure communications, transportation, computer technology, and the rest. Yet we rely equally on social infrastructure. It consists of the social practices that allow us to relate successfully to coworkers, customers, investors, and the community at large. Building and maintaining physical infrastructure requires a certain kind of know-how, which we call engineering.

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The Seven Signs of Great Leadership

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Guest post from Bruce Hartman : The CEO of Footlocker, Matt Serra, once said to me, “It’s lonely at the top. Being the leader is a big responsibility.” Over the years, I have thought endlessly about this quote and what it means.

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The $15 Billion Leadership Mistake

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Guest post by Ken Pasch: Roughly $15 billion is spent every year on training leaders in the U.S. Are those paying the bills getting their money’s worth? A number of C-suite executives have begun to wonder.

What Messages are You Sending?

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Guest post from Kimberly Davis : I couldn’t believe it was the same woman. As she shared her presentation, she was warm, charming, gregarious, with a whip smart sense of humor. In less than two minutes, she had the audience in the palm of her hand, laughing so hard we were wiping tears from our eyes.

Leaders: Take the “Blind Spots” Test!

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Guest post from David Mattson: If something bad were to happen to you or one of your key team members, something that took you or that person out of action for a month or more, would your business be in crisis? Would its performance suffer? Would its survival be in question? Did you hesitate before answering any of those questions? If so, your company may be suffering from “blind spots syndrome.”

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Working on Working Together

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Guest post by Chad Littlefield and Will Wise: Vulnerability is natural. It’s human—so much so that the word “human” is often used to point out or help us come to terms with our vulnerabilities. So when we enter a new situation, we often search for something to protect us.

Intergenerational Leadership Begins with Us: We Have More in Common Than We Thought

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Guest post by Mark H. Fowler & Noal McDonald: Leadership is a complex idea: one that is not consistently easy to wrap our minds around. We know good leadership when we see it. Most of us have experienced great leaders somewhere in our lives. It could have been at work, in school, on the athletic field or with a group of friends. If we think of what these experiences have in common, we might think of this quote by Harold Koontz and Cyril O’Donnell: “Leadership molds individuals into a team.”

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Leaders of Great Teams Don’t Rely on Luck

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Great Leaders Build Great Teams with Intention Guest post by Linda Adams, Abby Curnow-Chavez, Audrey Epstein and Rebecca Teasdale: If you lead a team, you know that the best ones don’t happen by happy accident.

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High Touch/Personalization

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Guest post from Phyllis Weiss Haserot: Leaders and human resources executives can learn a great deal from baseball’s top executives at the Chicago Cubs. They have success in signing stellar recruits, and have made their strategy of recruiting “the whole person” into the envy of other major league teams.

Why Being an Ethical Leader Can Help Your Organization

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Guest post from Andrew Leigh: First let’s get a little clearer about what being an ethical leader means. It’s someone who promotes and upholds workplace integrity and values. You may not be able to “see” someone is an ethical leader.

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Leadership Comes in Many Forms. Helping Business Save the Earth.

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Guest post from Michael Lenox : Humanity faces a number of critical sustainability challenges, global climate change chief among them. In my new book with Ronnie Chatterji, Can Business Save the Earth? Innovating O ur Way to Sustainability , we assert that to address these challenges requires substantial, disruptive innovation across a wide number of sectors. Electrical vehicles in transportation. Renewable energy in electricity generation. Electrification in heavy industrials.

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Are you a Leader or a Lemming?

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Guest post from Sandy Coletta: I know what you are thinking - a lemming is a follower and by its very definition, a leader isn’t a follower. It is absolutely true that within a given group, the leader is setting the direction and guiding those who follow.

3 Reasons Why Great Leaders Welcome Help

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Guest post from Victor Prince : A few of summers ago, I hiked the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail across Spain. It was the best month of my life for many reasons.

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Leadership Can Sometimes Come from Where You Least Expect It

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Guest post from Scot Hunsaker: Back in 2000, my company, Counsilman ? Hunsaker was in need of a receptionist. After our interview process, we found Macy to be the best fit for the position. It would be an understatement to say that when she interviewed with us and was hired, she was inexperienced in the industry. From day one, however, she displayed a natural curiosity for how the business worked and, most importantly, how it could be improved and what role she could play in that improvement.

Leadership Tips from Mankind’s Best Friend, the Dog

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Guest post from Dr. Garry McDaniel : For over three decades, the Gallup organization has been conducting surveys to illuminate the role leader’s play in creating a workforce of engaged employees to organizational leadership.

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Leading with Trust

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Guest post by Paul J. Zak, PhD : One-third of business leaders surveyed in 2015 said that retaining colleagues is their number one concern. Everyone knows that people are mobile. About one-quarter of employees say that they will look for a new job in the next year.

Leaders Can’t Execute Strategy

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Guest post from Robin Speculand: Leaders across the world have been taught how to plan but not how to execute. Every university offering a business degree has on their faculty a professor teaching strategy but almost none have a professor teaching its execution.

Leave No Doubt Leaders

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Guest Post from Paul Cummings : Leave No Doubt Leaders focus on people, not power, as they build and develop their teams. In this period of rapid and disruptive change to the makeup of the employment base, leaders must focus on empathy and trust as a means of building genuine “equity”.

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Ask Not What Your Habit Can Do for You, but What Your Habit Can Do for Others

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Guest post from Michael Bungay Stanier: For those in a leadership role, the responsibility to lead and direct employees falls to you. Let’s assume that your employees respect you, like you and feel that you’re leading them down a good path. You work hard and your workplace runs smoothly.

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Built to Win

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Guest post from regular contributor S. Chris Edmonds: Built to win doesn't mean you're going to win. It means that you are setting your team up to win more often than not. Recently, I spoke to 300 leaders at a client's annual conference.

The Right to Work Place Inspiration

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Guest post from regular contributor S. Chris Edmonds: You’ve heard of them. Key performance indicators. If I were to ask you to list your company’s top five key performance indicators, you’d probably be able to tell me at least a few of them. However, there may be some that are unclear.

Trying not to Lose is Different than Trying to Win

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Guest post from Michael G. Winston: Today’s winning leader is not just here to weather the storm; they are here to completely change the game.

The Key to Productive Relationships: Honoring Separate Realities

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Guest post from Larry Senn: Think about the last argument you had with a colleague or even a loved one. Chances are, it was because you saw, experienced, or truly believed something that was different from the other person.

Hey Leader… PHAT is Good For You!

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Guest post from Dean Lindsay : I read a funny cartoon in Fast Company magazine a good while back. It was of two fish swimming next to each other. One of the fish had a hook dangling from its mouth.

The 5 Rights All Humans Have—Are You Honoring Them At Work?

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Guest post from Christine Comaford: Tania is a brilliant CEO of a super successful accounting firm. Carlos, her VP of operations, is a bright and solid asset to the firm.

Eight Ways Mentoring Brings Out the Leader in Your Employees

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Guest post from Patty Alper “Employees want to be part of something that is bigger than a company. The business culture is internally based, but the philanthropy is external. That volunteer ethos provides something more than a quarterly return on earnings.

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Six Ways to Make Your Presentation a Hit

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Guest post by Ted Frank Scientists say our attention spans are now shorter than a goldfish, so it’s more important than ever to make our presentations as engaging and compelling as possible. How can we do that?