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What You Don't Know About Doing Great Work

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W HY DO SOME people outperform others? It’s not what you might think—talent, effort, organizational skills, time, or luck. We work under the assumption that more is better. But more time doesn’t necessarily lead to better performance. Morten Hansen thinks the way we work is broken.

To Understand Complexity, Use 7 Dimensions of Ethical Thinking

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T HE BOTTOM LINE is that there is no “good leadership” without ethical thinking. We’ve seen what can happen when leaders make decisions based on personal interests without considering the ripple effect of those decisions.

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9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future

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I F SOMEONE IS WILLING to share the wisdom of their experience, it’s worth taking the time to absorb their message. By seeking out the experiences of others, we can grow faster with less drama.

6 Steps to Building a Community

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I N BUSINESS AND IN LIFE, it’s all about relationships. We are designed to connect with others. When we are connected to something larger than ourselves, we find meaning. We make a difference. Organizational health is facilitated by building community within your organization.

The Best Leadership Books of 2017

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Humility Is the New Smart : Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age by Edward D.

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10 Questions to Ask Your Employees Every Quarter

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M OST LEADERS (the less than great ones) can become afraid of learning their employees’ true feelings towards the company and its overall structure. In turn, they shy away from even initiating such conversations and asking the important questions.

Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It

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W E ARE IN the golden age of meltdowns, write Chris Clearfield and Andras Tilcsik. More and more of our systems are in the danger zone, but our ability to manage them hasn’t quite caught up. The result: things fall apart.”

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What if Sellers Behaved as Leaders?

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J AMES KOUZES,, Barry Posner and Deb Calvert have taken the ideas from the classic leadership book, The Leadership Challenge and asked, “What if sellers behaved as leaders?” What is sellers stopped selling and started leading?

Pass Judgment

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P OLITE SOCIETY teaches us that passing judgment isn’t nice. It’s demeaning, we’re told, especially when it’s applied to people. However well intended though, a reluctance to judge when leading people and managing an organization will hold the people and the organization back.

6 Characteristics of Type R People

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W E SEE THE EFFECTS of turbulent change all around us on individuals and organizations. Some people seem to be able to rise to the occasion while others fold in the face of it. Most of us don’t have a choice but to meet what the world throws at us head-on.

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Talent Magnet: How to Get and Keep Top Talent

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I S YOUR ORGANIZATION a Talent Magnet ? An organization so attractive that top talent will be standing in line to work there? Too many organizations find themselves in the positon of not being able to find enough qualified people to meet their growth goals.

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Brand-Culture Fusion: Are You Who You Say You Are?

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I T WOULD SEEM that it would go without saying that your culture and your brand should be one and the same. Individually, who you are on the inside should be who you are on the outside.

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How to Avoid the 5 Career Derailers

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W HY DO SOME careers stall while others flourish? The careers of one-half to two-thirds of managers and leaders will derail. “At At some point, over half of us will get fired or demoted—or our careers will flat-line, and we won’t reach our innate potential.

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Blowing Past Our Limits

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W INTER OLYMPIC gold medalist Picabo Street said, “To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.”. We do not come to our potential without struggle.

3 Strategies to Prepare Your Millennials for Their Leadership Roles

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M ANY EXPERIENCED LEADERS predict a skill and experience crisis at the management level due to the vast numbers of retiring Baby Boomers. They may have cause for concern. Estimates from multiple sources project that Millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce as early as 2025.

Creating Great Choices

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O FTEN WHEN FACED with a problem we see only a single solution or perhaps none at all. When we get stuck we need to create new and better choices. Choices that solve the problem in a new, more successful way without the compromises we usually settle for.

The Power of Vulnerability

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H ANG UP THE CAPE. Effectiveness in leadership is not about having all of the answers but not knowing and accessing the power of those you lead.

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Killing It! How to Run a Startup in a Healthy, Joyful Way

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A MERICA WAS FOUNDED by entrepreneurs. Along with all of the other freedoms granted to its citizens, the freedom to risk and to fail encourages our culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

You Unplugged: Prepare to be Spontaneous

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M OST OF THE SPEAKING we do is impromptu. And for most of us it’s spontaneous. We’re winging it. After all it’s impromptu. But, as we’ve all experienced, that doesn’t always go well. Judith Humphrey writes in Impromptu: Leading in the Moment , that “you must prepare to be spontaneous.”

Unconditional Gratitude

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W E ARE NOT AUTONOMOUS. Autonomy is simply looking at life as though we are a world unto ourselves. As though we did it all by ourselves. It’s pride. But the reality is, we are connected. The opposite of autonomy is gratitude. Gratitude isn’t dead, but it is in trouble.

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12 Lessons for Entrepreneurs from Richard Branson

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R ICHARD BRANSON titled his autobiography Finding My Virginity because “You can only lose your virginity once. But in every aspect of my life—building businesses, raising a family, embarking upon adventures—I try to do things for the first time every day.”

Humility is the New Smart: Are You Ready?

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S MART used to be a quantity game. “I I know more than you. I get more things right.” But Ed Hess and Katherine Ludwig say that in the new Smart Machine Age, that’s losing game. The new smart is about quality.

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Timeless: 10 Enduring Practices of Apex Leaders

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T HE FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES of leadership don’t change over time. They are indeed timeless. Brian Dodd examines in Timeless ( Kindle ) what it takes to reach the top of your profession. How do you become the best at what you do? How do you become an Apex Leader?

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.

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Key Tips for Bridging the Generational Divide in the Workplace

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M ILLENNIALS NOW MAKE UP the largest percentage of the workforce. As workers, they’re characterized as brazen, fearless and unwilling to take “no” for an answer. Their assuredness and technological expertise have radically changed office dynamics.

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A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs

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T REN GRIFFIN, who writes the well-read 25iq blog , has assembled a collection of insights for entrepreneurs from some of the most successful venture capitalists and coaches of business founders in the world.

The Future Happens in the #NOW

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N OW is where the future happens. In this moment we will take action that will affect our future or we will not. All we have is now. In #NOW , Max McKeown asks us the think about our now. He says that “for most people, most of the time, it is better to lean towards action than inaction.”

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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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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.

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.

8 Ways To Design a High-Trust Culture

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T RUST BEGETS TRUST. Paul Zak, the author of The Trust Factor , has shown that “when someone is tangibly trusted by a stranger, the brain synthesizes the signaling chemical oxytocin” and “ the more trust one is shown, the more the brain produces oxytocin.”

There's a Password for Every Door

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H OW DO YOU make things happen? How does it feel to not be afraid? Steve Sims, the founder of Bluefish , has built a company that gets things done. Bluefish makes seemingly out-of-reach, change-your-life, experiences happen.

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The Stand-Up Strategists

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H OW FREQUENTLY do you think your employees laugh at work? In contrast, how often do you estimate that they feel bored or uninspired?

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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Challenges for Founder Leaders and How to Make Things Easier

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F OUNDERS of organizations, whether non-profit or for-profit start-ups, often feel that they occupy a very lonely space. Every decision, every responsibility seems to weigh heavily on their shoulders. But it doesn’t need to be that way!

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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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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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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 Leadership Triangle

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A RE LEADERS BORN or are they made? The underlying assumption here, of course, is that an individual is either a leader or not, whether by genetics or education. Period.

The Little Kindnesses Matter

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P RESIDENT WILLIAM MCKINLEY would often informally invite confidants to the White House to review the day's business or discuss the problems of the days ahead. Charles Dawes was often one such guest. In Portrait of an American: Charles G.