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Leadership Lessons from a 19th Century Genius

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W ILLIAM JAMES, one of the great thinkers of the late 19th century and the father of modern American psychology, has much to offer the modern executive.

4 Characteristics of Great Teams

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T HE AMERICA'S CUP is the world’s oldest international sporting trophy, first contested in 1851 when the schooner America crossed the Atlantic and beat 15 British yachts. The trophy became known as the America’s Cup for the winning yacht in 1851.

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9 Things Positive Leaders Do

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J ON GORDON is a prolific writer. He has written at least a dozen books on leadership that I am aware of. The Power of Positive Leadership summarizes much of his thinking and provides a great introduction to all of his other work. As a result, it is full of good practices and thinking.

4 Things Solitude Will Do for You

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W E LIVE in an age of noise. Getting some time for yourself is a challenge. But if we are going to lead effectively, we need white space. We need solitude. I know none of us have any extra time, but there is overwhelming evidence that taking a time-out to simply think is foundational to your success.

5 Ways You Can Improve Your Relationships

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K NOWING how to work with and relate to people is an imperative. Relationship building is critical for anyone wishing to rise to any position of leadership. The guidelines for achievement are many. Here are five ideas you might be able to start using today: Avoid becoming an antagonist.

5 Leadership Lessons I Learned by Walking the Camino de Santiago

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T HE Camino de Santiago is a network of ancient hiking paths that all lead to a shrine to St. James in northwest Spain. I first walked that trail – 435 miles over 29 days – in 2013 and have returned twice since.

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The Bridge to Growth

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W HAT’S MORE IMPORTANT, strategy or execution? I believe both are critical. But what if something else is just as important? There is a third ingredient to business success, one that many companies undervalue: servant leadership.

How to Avoid Your Leadership Gap

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T HE GAP IN OUR LEADERSHIP arises as a result of the disconnect between how we think people are experiencing our leadership and how they are actually experiencing our leadership. And where we find that disconnect we limit or even derail our leadership potential.

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What Sets Apart the Greatest Teams of All-Time?

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S AM WALKER revisits the popular idea of leadership. In The Captain Class , Walker describes what makes an elite captain by analyzing the leadership of sixteen of the most dominate teams in history.

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The 9 Behaviors of Great Problem Solvers

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E ASY PROBLEMS can often be solved by guessing. And we solve hundreds of these kinds of problems as we go throughout our week. The problem arises when we rely on our experience to guess at what might be wrong to try to solve hard problems—problems where the solution is obscured.

Ego Free Leadership

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E GO IS A CONSTANT preoccupation with our self-worth. Each of us has beliefs and fears about our value, and they cause defensive and/or self-promotional behaviors when under stress.

Asking the Right Questions Often Leads to the Best Answer

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B EING A LEADER often means making far-reaching decisions that require major investments of time, resources, and energy. Complete certainty is seldom possible. Competing agendas often complicate the process. The future is never something you can take for granted.

The Mathematical Corporation

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Y OU WILL SOON be able to give over almost half of your cognitive work to the machine. This is not to say that you will lose control, but rather, it points to the fact that the human role will become even more critical.

How to Harness the Power of Your Intuition

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T HE SECRET to the visionaries we celebrate is that they made connections that others overlooked. They saw their hunches as opportunities. They are smart people to be sure, but their A-ha moments come from “their prolonged practice of being curious, empathetic and imaginative.”

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5 Leadership Literacies You Will Need in the Future

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F Futurist Bob Johansen tells us in The New Leadership Literacies , that over the next ten years the world will become explosively more connected. Anything that can be distributed will. To help prepare leaders for the future, he offers a list of five new leadership literacies.

Radical Candor

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R ADICAL CANDOR is a culture of guidance based on caring personally and challenging directly everyone you work with. The goal is to achieve collaboratively what you could never achieve individually, and to do that, you need to care about the people you’re working with.

How to Bypass Ego-Driven Drama

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T HE WORLD IS full of drama. Rather than deal with reality in a constructive way, we engage in drama. It’s easier than working on what we need to deal with. It makes us feel like we are doing something. We like it, and we bring it to work.

4 Ways to Avoid False Humility

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H UMILITY IS A CHOICE. When you meet a humble person you know you will be accepted, respected and listened to. They won’t try to manipulate you, control you, criticize you or try to impress you. They are safe.

Conflict without Casualties

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C ONFLICT is everywhere. Conflict at the most basic level is simply a gap between what we want and what we are experiencing at any given point in time. Conflict is energy, and can be used in positive or negative ways.

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The Potential Principle: How Good Could You Be?

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Y OU KNOW HOW GOOD you are, but do you know how good you could be? This is a case where it’s easy to think that good is good enough and get comfortable. Most of us live below our potential.

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Jeffrey Immelt's 7 Lessons on How to Lead Through Massive Changes

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J EFFREY IMMELT took over General Electric from Jack Welch at a time of increasing instability. He says, "The task of the CEO has never been as difficult as it is today. In that vein, my story is one of progress versus perfection.

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Be a Spark!

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T O CO-AUTHORS Angie Morgan, Courtney and Sean Lynch, to be a Spark is to be a leader. You must recognize yourself as a leader. Know the pathway to leadership development and commit yourself to it. You’re not chosen to be a leader. You choose to lead.”

Employees Do Care – and How that Helps your Bottom Line

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O FTENTIMES managers and executives push for organizational change and growth, yet their businesses continue to suffer from profit loss, lack of productivity, a decline in employee morale, and frustration. Is it due to employee ineptitude or apathy? Managers sending the wrong message?

The 10 Laws of Trust

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I N The 10 Laws of Trust , JetBlue Chairman and Stanford Professor Joel Peterson begins by reminding us that “when it comes to building great companies, a leader’s job isn’t to make it to the top of the mountain alone.

How Do We Get Outside Our Comfort Zone?

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Y OU'VE NO DOUBT HEARD that it is outside our comfort zone where the magic happens. But how do we get outside our comfort zone? It’s not always easy in some cases too stressful to consider.

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The Outward Mindset: Seeing Beyond Ourselves

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A N OUTWARD MINDSET will greatly impact how we negotiate our world and the impact we will have. An outward mindset helps us to see the world as it is and not how we imagine it to be. Our age increasingly requires us to collaborate more and more with others. An outward mindset is essential.

Humility Casts a Wide Net

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H UMILITY casts a wide net and makes possible the work of leadership. Nothing facilitates community, collaboration, and innovation like humility.

Create the Target Before You Shoot the Arrow

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I SAW A CARTOON years ago in which Charlie Brown shot an arrow at a fence and then proceeded to draw a circle around the arrow. At some level, he found this satisfying. This is not how great leaders think.

Mastering Civility

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Civility costs nothing, and buys everything. — Montagu. C IVILITY has a way of winning people over and garnering influence. Civility isn’t just the absence of incivility.

The Best Leadership Books of 2016

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O NCE AGAIN we see that despite our rhetoric, what we are is reflected in our leaders and leadership. Actions have consequences and continuity of character matters. We need to be “urgently” reflective because too often by the time we find out it’s broken, it’s been broken for a very long time.

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4 Rules for Getting Valuable Work Done

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T O THRIVE IN the new economy—the current information economy—you need to master these two core abilities: The ability to quickly master hard things. (If If you can’t learn you can’t thrive.). The ability to produce at an elite level , in terms of both quality and speed. (To

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Leaders Made Here

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T HE NUMBER ONE REASON most companies do not have a leadership culture is their current leadership, writes Mark Miller in Leaders Made Here.

How to Matter: The 5 Key Ways Companies Win

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I N TODAY'S ECONOMY of volatility and velocity, the lifespan of a Fortune 500 company has plummeted from an average 50 years to a mere fifteen. When constant disruption is the new normal, how do companies succeed? They find a way to matter.

5 Leadership Lessons: What if the Rules to Winning Were Different than You Thought?

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W HAT IF GIVING VALUE beat extracting value every time? What is seeing others succeed was the greatest reward? It is a Remarkable! culture that does that every time. A Remarkable!

Gratitude is Good for You Too

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W E KNOW GRATITUDE makes relationships thrive and makes trust possible. Gratitude encourages, clarifies, motivates, includes, and unifies. When we show gratitude, people feel valued, they know what’s important, they want to do more, and they feel part of something bigger than themselves.

5 Leadership Lessons: To Pixar and Beyond

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F ROM A PICTURE IN A MAGAZINE, Lawrence Levy was asked by Steve Jobs to become the CFO of Pixar and structure it in a way that investors could understand it. The trick was to preserve whatever it was about Pixar that enabled great stories to happen in the process.

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9 Ways We Sabotage Ourselves

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F ROM PEOPLE whose job it is to sabotage the efforts of others, we can take a lesson or two.

Balancing the 3 Boxes

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U LTIMATELY our future is not in linear—incremental—improvements. It is in nonlinear—nonconforming, breakthrough—change. But the future is built now and that’s the problem. What should we be doing now to insure we have a future?

Robert Gates on the Essentials of Leading Change

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I N A TIME when change is not just inevitable, but must be encouraged and led, Robert Gates’ A Passion for Leadership is a must read. Gates has led and continues to lead in a wide variety of organizations and organizational cultures.

5 Questions to Ask When Managing in the Gray

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J OSEPH BADARACCO PROVIDES A WAY to resolve the inevitable gray areas we will all face from time to time in Managing in the Gray. They are the core of a leaders work. Gray areas demand our best judgment. The five questions provide a way to get there.