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Creating a Winning Corporate Culture Through People Power

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Guest post from Eric Tetuan : Creating a winning company culture starts with an investment in people. Not just investing in staff, but in relationships with clients as well as the people you serve.

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Values in Dynamic Tension

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Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds : Have you prioritized your values so you know which ones are more important than the others? Or are all of your personal values “tied for first?” Here’s a way to test this idea.

What if Serving Others Actually Serves You, too?

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What if Serving Others Actually Serves You, too? Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds : The cashier at the checkout line at our local grocery store was literally singing. Did you find everything you neeeedd ?”

Letting Go of the Big Chief Motif

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Guest post from Bishop Joseph Warren Walker, III: Discipline, focus and drive got you where you are today. You lost count of the sacrifices long ago – free weekends, discretionary purchases, a good night’s sleep – all to achieve your vision. You did it. Now get over it.

Great Leadership: The Power of I’s

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The Quality All Great Leaders Have in Common – and How to Cultivate It Within Yourself

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Guest post from Christy Whitman : Above all other qualities, vision is the most essential to extraordinary leadership.

Enduring Uncertainty

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Guest post from Chris Lewis : Go on admit it. You’re busy, right? Busier than last year. Busier probably than five years ago. In fact, you’re busier than you can ever remember being. You’re now so busy most people couldn’t even begin to understand how busy you are. And you don’t have time to tell them anyway. There was a time when life was slower. It all used to be so certain. You could plan. You could predict. You could be safe.

How Effective is Your Communication?

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Guest post from David Hiatt : Lack of effective communication skills has done more to keep good people from being promoted into leadership roles than any other skill deficiency.

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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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10 Traits of Great Leaders in This New World of Work

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Guest post from Glenn Elliott and Debra Corey : The world of work has and continues to change. Our workforce, which now consists of five generations working side by side, expects and demands different things from its organization, its job, and most certainly its leaders.

Out-of-the box Leadership / Leadership From Within

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Guest post by Pratima Rao Gluckman : My daughter once told me, “Mom, I am awesome. I am good at math. I run fast. I am better than my brothers. Right?” As I looked into her darling eyes as she was desperately seeking validation, I thought, “This is where the problem lies.”

A 5-Step Training Plan to Think like a Navy SEAL

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Guest post from Mark Divine : The world is more complex and faster than ever. As a retired Navy SEAL and founder of several multimillion-dollar companies, business seems increasingly like a “VUCA” battlefield in Afghanistan or Syria—it’s Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous.

Indy 500 Races Can Be Won or Lost in the Pit. How’s Your Pit Crew Doing?

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Guest Post from Glenna Crooks, PhD: If you are a leader today you face a faster pace of change and far greater complexity than at any time in human history. As if the technical challenges, required skillsets and necessary mindsets were not enough to master, there’s more.

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When Work Has Meaning, The Culture Changes

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Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds: In order to value team members, or help them find meaning in their work - that is, contribution to the greater good, to their community or even society - you don’t need to start a formal organizational initiative.

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?

How to Address Sticky Workplace Office Etiquette Issues

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A Pennsylvania man was allegedly fired for farting too much at work. Seriously. Apparently he had some medical issues, and he’s now suing his former employer. Given that I write advice for managers, my immediate reaction to this story was to put myself in the manager’s shoes who had to deal with this sensitive breach of office etiquette. How would you like to have that conversation?

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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.

Likability in Leadership—Necessary for Some, a Liability to Others

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Guest post from Cassandra Frangos : We had a handy rule of thumb for hiring in my first job in management consulting.

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How to Lead On Purpose

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Guest post from John Izzo Ph.D. and Jeff Vanderwielen Ph.D.: Why are some leaders effective at truly engaging with their teams? And why do many, despite their best efforts, manage to motivate top performers but can’t get the whole team rowing in the same direction?

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The Power in Vulnerability

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Guest post by Rick Miller: “Never let them see you sweat.” Like many baby-boomers, I heard this and many other similar phrases growing up. The message was clear. Don’t show weakness because it will be exploited. Fast forward to today and you see the opposite is true.

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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.

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.

Beyond Self Awareness: Leadership’s Next Frontier

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Guest post from Glain Roberts-McCabe: This year, I published my first book. When I was trying to think of a book title, I reached out to our community of ambitious leaders for advice.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Multiplying the Effective Intelligence of Your Organization

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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.

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.

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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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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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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The Power of Leaders That Do What They Say

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Guest post from Bethany Andell: “To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.” – Mahatma Gandhi Recently a CEO friend of mine said that the three key ingredients to building a great culture are: 1) belief in the mission, 2) clarity of the vision and 3) having fun while living the values. There is a growing movement in the business world that proves all of these points to be true.

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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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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.

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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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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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.

You Don’t Have to Be Gates (or Buffett) to Shake the World

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Guest post from Steve Farber : How do you become a great leader and a better person? Just do one simple thing: Help others achieve greatness. Here’s how. Some of the world’s richest and most powerful people already know one thing you might not: philanthropy is so much more than a tax dodge. In fact, philanthropy is a way of showing that success is not measured by money alone, but by how money can help enrich the lives of others. You probably aren’t in the Forbes Billionaires List. (If