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What Every Business Leader Needs to Know to Thrive in an Economic Downturn

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A convergence of troubling signs forecast a looming economic downturn. Many believe it’s certain that a recession is pending. Proactive business leaders aren’t worried. They see any economic change as a springboard for profitable growth and competitive advantage.

Robert Iger's 20 Leadership Lessons

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R OBERT IGER has worked for the same company for forty-five years: twenty-two of them at ABC, and another twenty-three at Disney, after Disney acquired ABC in 1995—the last fourteen of those years, as the CEO of Disney. He shares it all in The Ride of a Lifetime.

The 10 Stories Great Leaders Need to Tell

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W E KNOW GREAT STORIES are the foundation of great communication. It’s not the idea but the story about the idea that begets followers. The question is, are you telling the right story?

First Look: Leadership Books for October 2019

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Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in October 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases. The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek. Do you know how to play the game you’re in?

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The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.

7 Steps to Bulletproof Problem Solving

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T HE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM’S Future of Jobs Report lists complex problem-solving as the number one skill for jobs in 2020. Organizations are looking for people that can define problems and form solid creative responses. Like leaders themselves, good problem solvers are made, not born.

Stephen Schwarzman’s 25 Rules for Work & Life

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B LACKSTONE chairman, CEO, and co-founder Stephen Schwarzman has written a book about the potential that can be realized when you combine personal responsibility with ambition.

How to Humanize Leadership

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Artificial Persuasion: The Invisible Brand

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M ASS MEDIA has been replaced by mass personalization through the rise of Artificial Intelligence.

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Looking for Ways to Improve Innovation? Improvisational Comedy Can Show You How

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D ISRUPTION is happening in even the most stalwart industries, leading business leaders scrambling to create a culture of innovation in their organizations. Coming up with amazingly novel ideas isn’t an innate ability but can be a learned skill that leaders and their teams can develop.

The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age

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H OW DO YOU get people to think ahead? In a time characterized by wide-ranging change, we need to think through the consequences of what we have wrought. We need to think ahead. It is reckless not to. We can’t predict the future, so it’s hard to think about the future.

How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

First Look: Leadership Books for September 2019

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Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases. Call Sign Chaos : Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis and Bing West.

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Learning to Lead with Ron Williams

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W HO IS looking out for you? “No No boss or mentor drove my success—although they did open doors for me. My success came about through a combination of hard work, continual learning, fortunate career choices, and a bit of luck—by being in the right place at the right time ,” writes Ron Williams.

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The Best Mentor You Can Find is Up to You!

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“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” — Benjamin Disraeli. W HEN I WAS a young Army lieutenant, I met with my Assignment (Personnel) Officer, Major Tom Montgomery in Washington D.C. on my way to Germany in the summer of 1977.

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General Jim Mattis on Learning to Lead

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I T’S NOT SURPRISING that we learn a lot about character from the military. Good character is mission-critical. Under extreme circumstances, if you don’t have good character, the result is extremely bad consequences. In war, character is not a platitude.

Jerry Colonna on True Grit and Other Advice for Leaders

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J ERRY COLONNA helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed—molding them into highly accomplished individuals—yet have been detrimental to their relationships and ultimate well-being.

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11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Feedback (and Other Dirty Words)

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F EEDBACK HAS A LOT OF BAGGAGE associated with it. Feedback is not always well-intentioned and is used to punish, demean, or manipulate. When well-intentioned we don’t always do it right. We dump on people, we’re biased, we miss the overall issues, and present it in a way that doesn’t sound helpful.

No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy.

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A FTER THE TERRORIST ATTACKS on September 11, 2001 and on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Major General James Mattis needed to connect with every member of the 1st Marine Division.

Building Company Culture: Alignment Leadership

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Y OU PROBABLY HEAR the word culture a lot, but what does it mean? We’ll discuss it here but I can definitively tell you this: Without a strong company culture, you can’t create a fulfilling environment for your employees. In fact, the whole idea of culture is a moving target.

Exploring Your Internal Landscape

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T HE CHANGING ORGANIZATIONAL and leadership environment is changing at such a pace that leaders need to develop quickly. Coaching, more than training, focuses on an individual’s specific development needs. Technical skills and talents aside, how we lead is a product of who we are.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

Do You Trust Your People?

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T HE GREAT WRITER Ernest Hemingway once said: " The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. ” I’ve often told people in new organizations I joined that I trust them until that trust is violated. This puts a healthy kind of pressure on them NOT to violate that trust.

The 24 Hour Rule: Is Your Current Pace Sustainable?

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A S LEADERS, we can and do introduce stress into the workplace. Charles Fred initiated a study of over 4000 post-startup business to find out why, after they had experienced early growth, had stagnated.

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How Innovation Is Completely Different in Established Organizations than in Startups

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W E LIVE IN the age of the entrepreneur. New startups appear out of nowhere and challenge not only established companies, but entire industries.

The Gift of Struggle

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B OBBY HERRERA has a message and the message is “We all struggle. Inside every struggle is a gift. Leaders share their gifts with others.”. We tend to not share our struggles or the lessons we learn from them. They are painful and very personal.

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Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

How to Be an Engaging Leader in a World of Robotics, AI, and Digitization

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M ANY of today’s leaders are saying: I know leadership is about people, not tasks; effectiveness, not efficiency. However, the rapid increase of robotics, AI, and digitization are a disruption. It’s leading us to increased depersonalization and disengagement with our employees.

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Cracking Complexity

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T HERE ARE complicated problems, and there are complex problems. Complicated problems are technical in nature. They are linear, orderly, and predictable. Complex problems are adaptive challenges. They are messy, unstable, and unpredictable.

Five Leadership Lessons: Think Like Amazon

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L ONG-TERM THINKING is the key to what goes on at Amazon. Jeff Bezos has said, “ What we’re really focused on is thinking long-term, putting the customer at the center of our universe and inventing. Those are the three big ideas to think long-term because a lot of invention doesn’t work.

10 Guiding Principles That Will Lead You to Future Happiness and Success

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W E SPEND SO MUCH TIME focusing on credentials, experience, intelligence, and presentation.

Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.

7 Principles to Lead with Imagination

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I MAGINATION is about seeing what others don’t see. In a disruptive world, we need leaders with more imagination. We all have the capacity for imagination and applied it has the power to unlock or fullest potential.

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Leaders Build Faith

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T HE JOB of a leader is to build faith. The New Testament says that faith is confidence in what we hope for and conviction about what we do not see. It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. In short, faith is the belief in the realization of vision.

Nincompoopery: Making Organizations Safe for Employees & Customers

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N INCOMPOOPERY is the crazy stuff we do (or don’t do) that drives our customers crazy and makes life difficult for employees and keeps organizations from getting what they want. There are nincompoops, and there is nincompoopery.

Great Leaders Have No Rules

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T HERE ARE well-intentioned behaviors and assumptions about leadership that we have accepted over the years that really don’t serve us well. Kevin Kruse has identified ten such assumptions and provided effective counter-thinking in Great Leaders Have No Rules.

Grace: A Leader's Guide to a Better Us

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G RACE, a concept present in all of the world’s major religions, has a divine meaning. Grace, in a secular sense—that is on a human level—is about perspective. A perspective larger than ourselves. A perspective that reaches to a purpose beyond who we are alone. In short, our connectedness.

Leadership at Scale the McKinsey Way

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B EFORE YOU BEGIN your next leadership development program, read this. It is not uncommon to hear leaders complain that leadership development programs are not delivering the effective leaders necessary to execute their strategies and purpose.

How to Tackle Big Challenges in A Networked World

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T ACKLING THE BIG CHALLENGES when there is no single, simple, rational answer can rarely be done by a single individual or company working alone. Certainly, this is true when facing global, national, or community issues, but it is increasingly true within organizations and small groups.

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3 Ways to Break Out of a Zero-Sum Game of Growth with Your Competitors

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How true disruptors use innovation, including digital, to grow the market and create new business models. F OR YEARS I was taught that growing the business in an industry with strong competition was mostly a zero-sum game. You took away share from competition or they took it from you.

Business Lessons from the Top 0.01%

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M ORE THAN 400 climbers have reached the summit of Mount Everest. There are currently 2450 active Navy Seals. 536 astronauts have journeyed into outer space. But since 1946, only 257 pilots have flown as Blue Angels. In other words, 0.01% of all U.S.

Nick Saban on the 5 Choices We Have in Life

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T HE 2019 Clinic of Champions held in April and hosted by Alabama head coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide football coaching staff featured a number of speakers from around the NFL including Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens.