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Who Will Lead Us Tomorrow?

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W E ARE RAISING TODAY, the men and women who will lead us tomorrow. It is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. It should be done with forethought and with a consideration of the kind of world we hope they and we will live in when it’s their turn to lead.

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Humble Leadership

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I T NEVER HURTS TO BE REMINDED of the need for humility. We tend to fall back on transactional relationships and rule-based leadership. Edgar Schein and Peter Schein call this Level 1 based leadership.

The 8 Elements of Punk Rock Business

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O K, I’ll bite. What do the Ramones, the Clash, and the Sex Pistols have to do with leadership? The title of Jeremy Dale’s book, The Punk Rock of Business , comes from a comment Bono made to Oprah about a project Dale was working on with him for Motorola.

Leading Views: Humility is the X-factor in Great Leaders

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In The Punk Rock of Business , Jeremy Dale stresses the importance of humility not only to distinguish yourself but also because it is an accelerator of success. He states that “the ability to keep a sense of humility is probably the single biggest lesson” included in his book.

The Dichotomy of Leadership

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S O MUCH OF LEADERSHIP is managing tensions. Leaders must know when to adapt. This is where self-awareness plays a big part. In a word, they need balance. And that’s what The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin is all about.

Six Essential Practices to Grow Your Leadership

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T HE Harvard Business Review has enlisted the expertise of Ron Ashkenas and Brook Manville to create the Leader’s Handbook. The context of leadership has changed, but the fundamentals of leadership have not. It is still working with people. And that has never changed.

Leadership in Turbulent Times

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D ORIS KEARNS GOODWIN has spent a lifetime studying the lives of four U.S. presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson.

Turning Observation into Innovation

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E VERYONE WANTS to be an innovator. Every organization wants to be innovative; it doesn’t matter if it’s a church, a for-profit or non-profit business, or a government agency. To not be innovative is to risk being left behind. But how many of us are truly innovative?

What Happens Now? A Look at 7 Reasons Leaders Stall

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T HE ABILITY TO REINVENT YOURSELF is core to your success as a leader. The ground is shifting under your feet. The only way to stay relevant and therefore effective is to invest in building your skills as a leader. As you take on more responsibility, the demands on you as a leader change.

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15 Fascinating Facts About Theodore Roosevelt

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T YPICALLY RANKED among the top five presidents, Roosevelt changed the face of the presidency and redefined America's place in the world. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore alongside those of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. His accomplishments were considerable.

Clarity First

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T O BE CLEAR, we live in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world. In most cases, it is all man-made, but it is our reality. To be clearer, while our environment may be ambiguous, our organizations should never be.

Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership

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A LTHOUGH BORN INTO PRIVILEGE, Theodore Roosevelt’s life was not without struggles, tragedy, and failures. The way he dealt with these experiences, defined his leadership. He referred to life as “The Great Adventure.”

Dear Founder

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W HAT BEGAN AS a project to provide guidance to a select group of founders in the Webb Investment Network has been expanded and offered to founders of all types and those who need to have a founder’s mindset. The result is Dear Founder written by Maynard Webb with the help of Carlye Adler.

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David Wiener’s 40 Rules for Business, Management and the Rest of Life

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I HAVE a “no jerk” rule. I will not work on a matter or participate in a transaction if certain people are involved on either side of the table. I apply this philosophy widely across business and managerial settings.

What Can’t Be Copied?

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I N A WORLD where nearly everything can not only be copied but distributed cheaply—and in some cases for free—what takes on significance and value—what matters—are those things that cannot be copied. Kevin Kelly highlights a number of things that can’t be manufactured in his book, The Inevitable.

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That’s Not How We Do It Here!

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B USINESS FABLES are not meant to provide great fiction, but to place lessons in a context that make them easier to relate to. And John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber’s That’s Not How We Do It Here! does just that.

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Didn't See It Coming

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T HERE ARE SEVEN key life challenges that every leader will face to one degree or another. Any one of them has the potential to derail even the best of leaders. But here’s the thing. While they may creep up on us, we can see them coming and apply the proper antidote.

Michael Lombardi’s Lessons in Leadership

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M ICHAEL LOMBARDI has been an American football executive for decades. He has worked on the staffs of NFL legends Al Davis, Bill Walsh, and Bill Belichick and with Nick Saban while with the Cleveland Browns.

The Physics of Innovation

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A CCORDING to Newton’s law of inertia any body prefers to remain in its present state, and will continue to move (or not) as it has been, unless disturbed sufficiently to be forced – literally – to change direction.

Is a Lack of Awareness Holding You Back?

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A WARENESS is the ability to have knowledge of or are conscious of yourself and your surroundings in real time. Without it we tend to be reactive, disengaged, an unimaginative. The more conscious we are, the faster we adapt, and the higher performing we become.

Theodore Roosevelt Was Born 160 Years Ago Today

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T HEODORE ROOSEVELT was born into wealth on October 27, 1858, in New York City. As a young boy, he was sickly. At twelve, his father installed a gym on the second floor of their house and told young Teddy, “You have the mind but not the body. You must make your body.”

Books About Theodore Roosevelt

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O N THE OCCASION of the anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt's birth on October 27, 1858, we have assembled a list of some of the better books about him: Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership : Executive Lessons from the Bully Pulpit by James M.

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Three Strategies to Encourage Good Mental Health in the Workplace

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L ET’S FACE IT: emotions are an inescapable element of the human experience.

John Chambers: Connecting the Dots

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S INCE STEPPING DOWN as CEO of Cisco in 2015, John Chambers founded the venture capital firm JC2 Ventures specializing in startups. That experience has led him to write Connecting the Dots as a way to help others to learn from the key events in his life and career as they navigate business and life.

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The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great

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N EW TECHNOLOGIES are shifting the way we work and interact. Jobs are being eliminated, and industries are being disrupted as we try to come to grips with how this technology is changing us and how we can use it. The thing to keep in mind is that machines are machines and we are human.

First Look: Leadership Books for November 2018

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Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in November 2018. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases. Leading Transformation : How to Take Charge of Your Company's Future by Nathan Furr, Kyle Nel and Thomas Zoega Ramsoy. Back to Human : How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation by Dan Schawbel. Questions Are the Answer : A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life by Hal Gregersen.

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Business Chemistry: What Type Are You?

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T HE BETTER YOU UNDERSTAND yourself and those around you, the easier it is to work with other and as a leader, to give them what they need to excel.

How to Break the Hold Inertia Has on Your Organization

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O RGANIZATIONS get sluggish. They get clunky and myopic. They fall into patterns of inertia. And, in time they fail. But there are signs.

Engagement Isn’t Built, It’s Uncovered

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W E ARE BORN with a desire to engage. We want to learn—to relate and interact. We want to connect. But over the years, depending on our upbringing, our schooling, and our work, our desire to engage gets suppressed. It gets covered up.

LeadershipNow 140: October 2018 Compilation

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Here are a selection of tweets from October 2018 that you don't want to miss: 5 Mistakes That Cause A Slow Leak In Your Influence by @DanReiland. The Myth of ‘Dumbing Down’ via @TheAtlantic. What Does High Ambition Really Do to Relationships? by @KateNasser. The Big Lies of Strategy by Roger L. Martin via @RotmanMgmtMag. Why Managers Don’t Listen (Poor Listener Syndrome): and the Cures! by Dan McCarthy @greatleadership.

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quickpoint: Artificial Intelligence and What is an Entrepreneur

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Artificial Intelligence came into its own as a discipline at a 1956 summer workshop at Dartmouth College. Today, it is being implemented in ways we never imagined. I share a couple of perspectives below on technology—what it can do and what we shouldn’t expect it to do. Also, a view on what entrepreneurship is and some good business advice. Technology doesn’t solve humanity’s problems. It was always naïve to think so. Technology is an enabler, but humanity has to deal with humanity’s problems.

Smart Business is Business Redefined

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I N CHINA, near the turn of the century, Singles Day (11/11) was celebrated as a time for single people to meet. In 2009 it was reimagined as an online shopping festival. It is now the biggest shopping event in the world. In 2016, Alibaba facilitated sales of $15 billion.

7 Tips for Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

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I F YOU WANT TO GROW your career, Wharton Lecturer and EMBA Career Director Dawn Graham recommends in her book Switchers , that you “ continually put yourself in situations where you’re the least qualified person in the room.”

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Straight Talk for Startups

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E NTREPRENEURSHIP is not for everyone. It’s not an escape from the cubicle, hard work or bosses. But it is creative. It can be enriching in many ways. And if you are successful, you can believe that you did it all on your terms.

Reinforcements: How to Get People to Help You

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“I actually felt as if I was going to perish, ” said psychologist Stanley Milgram upon asking a subway rider for their seat. Asking for help makes most of us uncomfortable and we often go to great lengths to avoid doing it. We fear rejection. We fear that people we think less of us.

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What Is the Role of Leaders in Emerging Technology?

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O N JUNE 9th last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 2017 commencement address. He zeroed in on the distinction between technology and what it means to be human.

Never Stop Learning

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W HAT DID YOU LEARN TODAY? We often think of learning as something we are doing all of the time. But we aren’t. Mostly we are repeating or reinforcing what we already know. And that gets in the way of learning.

Unsafe Thinking: How to Get Out of Your Rut

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W E ALL GET STUCK IN RUTS. Thinking ruts. Bias ruts. Stability ruts. Ego ruts.

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The Journey to Servant Leadership

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I T'S NOT ABOUT YOU. That’s where servant leadership begins. Success is based on your influence in the marketplace and those you help. Or rather, it is significance over success. This is a very different mindset from a power-leadership model.

LeadershipNow 140: September 2018 Compilation

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Here are a selection of tweets from September 2018 that you might have missed: Empathy and creative thinking are valuable skills in the workplace, but they’re hard to teach by @Lyndagratton Frustrated or Focused - Leadership Tips for Managing Emotions by @davidmdye. 5 Excellent Ways You Can Crush Negative Thoughts by @LaRaeQuy. Beyond Meditation : How Leaders Can Put Mindfulness into Action by @Julie_WG. 3 Reasons Why Great Bosses aren’t Bossy from @wallybock.

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The 3 Mental Qualities of Great Leaders

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L EADERSHIP BEGINS in the mind. To lead effectively we must understand what is going on inside of us, so that we can lead ourselves. Only when we have developed a consistent habit of doing that can we then better understand and lead others and then collectively our teams and organizations.

Barbara Bush 1925-2018

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F ORMER FIRST LADY Barbara Bush was a servant leader. One of the most beloved first ladies in American history. She was witty, smart, sharp, straightforward, unpretentious, and honest.

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Servant Leadership in Action

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T HROUGH THE PAGES of Servant Leadership in Action , we get a clearer picture of what servant leadership is and isn’t. Editors Ken Blanchard and Renee Broadwell have collected some good essays on the subject.