Be Different! The Key to Business and Career Success

Skip Prichard

Individuals and businesses want to stand out , to be different, to attract others by being better in some unique ways. The Key to Business and Career Success. Effective leaders and team members challenge each other’s paradigms and to think out of the box.

How to Change the World One Pizza at a Time

Steve Farber

Byron Stephens has helped Marco’s Pizza grow to more than 700 stores in 35 states and three countries. That type of expansion often kills a culture; in fact, while Marco’s growth numbers looked great on paper, employee morale began to nosedive.

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Women, Invest in Yourselves

Women on Business

Guest Post By Mary Kinney, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Ginnie Mae, a cornerstone of the U.S. The key is to find the motivation to fulfill our resolutions. My motivation came from my father, who always encouraged me to push boundaries.

4 Moves Smart Leaders Make to Get Better Team Results

Great Leadership By Dan

Like smart investment managers, smart people managers figure out how to shift their investment of time and energy from some parts of their portfolio so they can invest more in other parts where there is more potential for improvement.

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Women Ignoring a Growing Job Market

Women on Business

For a seemingly multitude of reasons women have failed to gain a foothold in the growing industries of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or more commonly known as STEM jobs. Even though there are more women in higher education than ever before and 60% of bachelor degrees are going to women, only 20% of computer science degrees are going to women. Analysts have blamed the media in part for this and there is some credence to this.

In this Season of Speeches, It’s Time to Inspire


If that means you, do you remember how it made you feel? Top-tier commencement speakers know how to tap that feeling and take full advantage of it, to the point where you leave the arena feeling like you can indeed change the world. While I wasn’t at the speech, I think Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg accomplished that recently in her commencement address to the nearly 2,000 graduates of the City Colleges of Chicago.

How to Develop Empathy for Someone Who Annoys You

Harvard Business Review

When someone you work with annoys you, it’s tempting to avoid the person as much as possible. How can you do that with a colleague who rubs you the wrong way? How can you foster curiosity instead of animosity? “We’ve all encountered someone in the workplace who irritates us,” says Annie McKee, the author of How to Be Happy at Work and a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Use those connections to strike up a conversation.

How to Woo Talent From the For-Profit World

Harvard Business Review

Social enterprises and nonprofits increasingly recognize the need to adopt management disciplines used successfully in the for-profit world. Significantly, 85% said these skills were highly or somewhat relevant to their for-profit jobs.

How to Capture Value from Collaboration, Especially If You’re Skeptical About It

Harvard Business Review

Many of us recognize intellectually that we need others’ knowledge to solve big problems, yet we still lack the motivation to collaborate. Teamwork all too often feels inefficient (search and coordination costs eat up time), risky (can I trust others to deliver for my client?), low value (our own area of expertise always seems most critical), and political (a sneaky way of self-promoting to other areas of one’s firm). Here are a few ways to get started.

Why do smart people do dumb things?

Coaching Tip

A growing body of evidence shows that the ability to be smarter with ones feelings is tied to improved leadership, effectiveness, relationships, decision-making health and well-being; all of which help higher emotional intelligence (EQ) leaders create greater economic and societal value. “EQ

Meet My Next Group of Coaches!

Marshall Goldsmith

The Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches ‘pay it forward’ project is officially in full swing, and I am excited to announce the next cohort of coaches who will join me in Phoenix in June! At the program, Ayse asked us to write down our heroes. Then Ayse asked us to describe what made us think of them as heroes. She then challenged us to “be more like them” in designing the lives we love. This first cohort is well on their way to sharing their new insights with the world!

Desire Discipline & Determination


truly moving… and to push and persevere through it all time after time is just amazing. Ellen Cooperperson was a 26-year-old single parent to a five-year-old boy. The surgeon’s words, “Prepare yourself, your son will die,” began to crumble her world as she KNEW that he would not.

The Unnoticed Analyst: Can analytics succeed while going unnoticed.

Strategy Driven

Posted by Thornton May on November 24, 2010 · Leave a Comment The classic Harvard Business School case “Otisline (A)” 1 begins with the quote, “… our objective is to go unnoticed.” Bob Smith (not his real name), source of the quote and Chief Operating Officer at Otis Elevator, knows that elevators tend to remain well under the radar screen until they break. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW ®.

The Imperfect Balance Between Work and Life

Harvard Business Review

After years of observing individual struggles to achieve work-life balance — and of enlightened companies to provide it — I've concluded that one major hurdle is artificial images of perfection. Slaughter went public with her decision to leave a top-ranking U.S.

5 Questions to Ask Before You Call Out Someone Powerful

Harvard Business Review

In the early stages of his career he decided he had to speak up about malpractice he had witnessed. He remembered the experience very clearly: “I was hauled before the District Medical Officer… there’s me at 21 and him fifty-odd: ‘Young man, if you think you have any future in this career, you’ll desist from this [questioning] immediately.’ How much do you believe in your own opinion? So how much do you care?

Lessons from Boston’s Experiment with The One Fund

Harvard Business Review

When it comes to innovation in cities, people often think of building clusters and innovation districts to attract new businesses and shift policies to favor entrepreneurship. These goals are all important to focus on. How did we make this happen? Know when to exit.

The Case for Improving Work for People with Disabilities Goes Way Beyond Compliance

Harvard Business Review

As Chieko Asakawa walks around IBM’s campus, she explores new ways of getting from point A to point B. She reads snack labels and decides whether to eat them. Although she is blind, Asakawa doesn’t need a human or canine companion to complete these tasks. She’s helped invent a smartphone app that, as she explained in a recent TED talk , “understands our surrounding world and whispers to me in voice or sends a vibration to my fingers.

True North Groups: A Conversation With Bill George

Harvard Business Review

billion to $60 billion during his tenure. Upon his retirement in 2002, Bill invented a new life and purpose (by making little bets, I might add shamelessly) to write and to teach. One of the areas where I think Bill has unique insight has to do with how leaders and entrepreneurs can build support structures. To form a True North Group, gather together a small group of people who are compatible and respectful of each other.