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Conquering the 5 Misconceptions that Hold Leaders Back

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T HERE ARE THINGS we believe that when we really think about them, we might find that they are not helpful. We might think of them as blind spots that adversely affect our leadership effectiveness. In What Are Your Blind Spots?

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Unlocking Creativity: Are These Creativity-Inhibiting Mindsets Holding You Back?

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I N AN IBM global survey of CEOs, the overwhelming consensus was that more than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision, successfully navigating an increasing complex world will require creativity. In a world where we must adapt or die, we need creative solutions.

The Best Leadership Books of 2018

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The Mind of the Leader : How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results by Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter (Harvard Business Review Press, 2018) The Mind of the Leader offers a radical, yet practical, solution to solve the leadership crisis.

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5 Distinguishing Traits of High-Performing Leaders

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W HO WE ARE speaks louder than what we say. Respect for others is the cornerstone of high-performing leaders. Respect is demonstrated daily through skills that we can all learn and make a part of who we are.

Questions Are the Answer

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A PROBLEM OF OUR TIME—and perhaps every generation—is that we ask the wrong questions. The wrong questions divide us. Great questions break down assumptions and create possibilities. Simply put, better questions give us better answers. It’s all about the question.

How to Win in Africa

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I N THE WESTERN WORLD, we often do not have an accurate picture of Africa as a growing marketplace. We frequently imagine a continent of villages and stories of corruption and violence dominate our perspective.

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What’s Your Story?

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W HAT GREAT LEADERS have in common is their ability to communicate and create meaning from their words. Much of that ability speaks to the ability to listen and read between the lines to develop an understanding with those you lead. Great stories begin with great listening.

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Hyperfocus: How to Take Control of Your Mind

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T HERE ARE LIMITS to our attention. There is only so much we can focus on at any given time. So it becomes critical what we allow in our attentional space if we want to get anywhere in life. And heads up. Your attention space shrinks as you age—but your mind wanders less.).

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LeadershipNow 140: December 2018 Compilation

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Here are a selection of tweets from December 2018 that you don't want to miss: Five Ways to Get Young Recruits to Embrace Emotional Intelligence by @DanielGolemanEI via @Korn_Ferry. It's time to pause. by @JesseLynStoner. 4 Mindsets Needed for a Better Talent Pipeline by @Julie_WG.

What a Mechanical Shark Can Teach Us About Leadership and Innovation

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O NE RECENT EVENING, exhausted after a long day of work, I collapsed into bed and turned on the television. On screen was the classic scene from “Jaws,” where actress Susan Backlinie is stalked by the unseen aquatic predator and then pulled underneath the dark water.

The Key to Effective Leadership: Mindsets

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W HAT SEPARATES a poor or a good leader from a great leader? Let me make the argument that a primary distinguishing factor is in how leaders see, interpret, and think about the situations that they encounter. To do so, consider four situations leaders can find themselves in: Challenge and failure.

Five Problems with Virtual Communication & What to Do About It

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E VEN THOUGH WE have entered a new world of virtual communications, we still communicate in real-world ways that don’t always work in the virtual world. We’ve all sent an email or a text where we meant one thing and the recipient took it in a completely different way.

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?

Take Charge of Your Company’s Future

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H OW CAN WE BREAK FREE of incrementalism, dream bigger, and inspire people to follow us? The fundamental problem we face say the authors of Leading Transformation —Nathan Furr, Kyle Nel, and Thomas Zoega Ramsoy—is our tendency toward incremental thinking.

Everything Begins with a Day One

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L EADERSHIP IS intentional influence. Leadership is about being intentional. It’s about taking responsibility for everything we do. We affect others in ways we never imagined. It is prudent of us then to be intentional about how we live out our life. It gives us the moral authority to lead.

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First Look: Leadership Books for January 2019

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Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases. Unlocking Creativity : How to Solve Any Problem and Make the Best Decisions Michael A. Roberto Leaders do not have to conceive innovative ideas, but rather open the path for curious and creative employees within their organization.

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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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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.

How to Bring Gratitude into the Workplace

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‘Tis the season of gratitude -- for friends, for family, and for delicious turkey dinners. But what about gratitude in the workplace?

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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.

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.

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.

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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Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most

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L IFE GIVES US CHOICES, and we make decisions. Some choices are easy like “Should I get vanilla or chocolate ice cream?” Most of our decisions are like this, and the consequences aren’t life-changing. Most books on decision-making describe these kinds of intuitive, gut-reaction decisions.

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.

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.

Leading Matters: John L. Hennessy on the Leadership Journey

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A S A PROFESSOR, an entrepreneur, the president of Stanford University, and now the Chairman of the Board of Alphabet (Google’s Parent company) and Director of Knight-Hennessy Scholars, John Hennessy has had a lot of leadership experience.

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.

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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Iconic: How to Attain the Ultimate Level of Distinction

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S COTT MCKAIN wrote the book on creating distinction in a world of homogenization. In Create Distinction he discusses how we got here and how we can create distinction for ourselves and our organizations. Having passion, product knowledge and commitment is not enough.

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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.”

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.

William Donaldson on Entrepreneurial Leadership

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W ILLIAM DONALDSON has led a full life.

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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George H.W. Bush 1924-2018

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G EORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH, the 41st president of the United States, died on November 30 at age 94.

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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.

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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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.

Happy Thanksgiving from LeadershipNow

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W E'RE THANKFUL for our LeadershipNow community around the world. Happy Thanksgiving! We owe so much to so many. It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.

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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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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.

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.”

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.