How To Create Lasting Influence | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Understanding how to leverage the influence factor can make a defining difference in your ability to drive change, build cohesive teams, and to successfully implement strategic vision. As a leader your “Influence Quotient” is the IQ you need to pay attention to.

How to Build a Brand | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Unless you are a very large enterprise it is unlikely that you have the time, money, staffing, or external professional relationships to execute a brand management strategy such as the one outlined above. Solid advice that anyone interested in marketing and branding should pay attention to.

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Brand Exposure

N2Growth Blog

Have you figured out how to apply the laws of scarcity to brand management? Whether you’re assessing the strength of a personal or corporate brand, finding the appropriate level of brand exposure is key to sustainable growth in brand equity. As I stated above, having an underexposed brand, or what I like to refer to as having a brand in stealth mode, means that you really don’t have much of a brand.

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Best Leadership Blogs 2010 | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

If you are a regular reader of this blog and feel it has added value to your growth and development as a leader I would greatly appreciate your vote. That said, you should also reach out to Kevin Eikenberry as he is currently taking nominations for next years contest.

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Facing Challenges | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

My question is this: have you taken the time to do the necessary planning? Regardless of where you are in your life and your career, I can promise you one thing; you will consistently be faced with challenges and obstacles along the way. How can I make the most of this situation?

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Drinking the Talent Kool-Aid | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Even worse is when those sound-bites are used in an attempt to make statements which embolden a corporate position that doesn’t really even exist to begin with. then you are likely just paying lip service to the value of talent.

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Leaders: Born or Made? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While there is a very simple answer to this question, most people are so entrenched in their beliefs that no amount of reason or logic will alter their opinions. They were those unflappable individuals that seemed to just have that “it&# factor.

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Statesman vs. Politician | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

mid-term elections staring us right in the face, I thought it would be an interesting time to examine the difference between statesman and politician. Our country was founded by great statesmen, and somewhere along the way we turned our nation over to a bunch of self-serving politicians.

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Toxic Work Environments | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While these articles tended to stir the pot a bit, they were in my opinion mostly missing the mark. In the text that follows you’ll find the truth about toxic cultures… A toxic work environment thrives off of everything that great leadership stands in opposition to.

Leadership & Initiative Overload | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Fact : bright, talented executives with a bias to action will often take on more than they should. Is your rubber-band stretched so tight that it’s about to snap? Rather entering the productivity zone is found working at about 60% to 70% of capacity.

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But My Business Is Different… | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

I cannot even begin to count the number of times I’ve had a CEO tell me that certain immutable business principles just don’t apply to his/her business because, “this business is different.&# How about competing for the attention of your prospects and clients?

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Leadership & Emotional Control | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

There has been no shortage of information published on the topic of Emotional IQ or what’s referred to as EQ in recent years. After all, being in touch with your emotions, as well as being in tune with the emotions of others is an important trait for any leader to possess.

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Efficient vs. Effective | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

So much so, that I have really come to cringe every time I hear the word efficiency. It’s not really that there is anything wrong with becoming more efficient, but what I find is that far too many executives major in the minors when it comes to efficiency.

Leveraging Down for CEOs | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Think of any top performing CEO and you’ll find that to the one, they possess an uncanny ability to focus on highest and best use activities. To this day I’m amazed at how many CEOs still own tasks, roles, projects, and responsibilities that should be delegated to others.

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Vision and Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

I don’t do so in an attempt to torture you with redundant thought, but rather because I believe it is a message that is often taken far too lightly by chief executives. Put simply, I believe that leadership absent vision is a train-wreck waiting to happen.

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Loyalty vs. Tenure | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

If your organization confuses loyalty and tenure there is trouble on the horizon…If your business rates tenure higher than performance as a measure for employee evaluation, it is time for you to consider updating your talent management practices and procedures.

Why Businesses Fail | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The truth is that even leaders who don’t fail make bad decisions from time-to-time. The fact of the matter is that senior executives who rise to the C-suite do so largely based upon their ability to consistently make sound decisions.

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Managing Board Relations | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Over the years I’ve met more than a few CEOs who paid little or no attention to their board of directors, only to find themselves wondering what went wrong as they were being ushered out the door prior to the expiration of their employment agreement.

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The Lost Art of Brevity | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Those of you that know me have come to understand that I prefer to cut to the chase. I like to get to the root of an issue as quickly as possible. Let me begin clearly stating that it is not my goal to be perceived as a word-basher.

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Buzzwords Aren't All Bad | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The problem is that many people tend to immediately tune out anyone who chooses to use them. The vitriol is so intense that many have taken to trivializing anyone who utters these buzzwords as an incompetent, uneducated, and completely inferior corporate citizen.

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How Dumb Is Your Business?

N2Growth Blog

Posted on October 13th, 2010 by admin in Operations & Strategy By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth How dumb is your business? At the risk of drawing the ire of corporate elitists, I submit to you that the dumber your business is, the better off you are.

The Leadership Walk

N2Growth Blog

If you’ve yet to read any of Kevin’s material you’re in for a real treat – enjoy… We are all on a walk. We move through our day, going from one task to the next, one meeting to the next, one problem to the next. So to be clear, the walk is “the stuff” of our day; it’s the items on your to-do list seen in a slightly different way. You may have never thought of it as a walk, but that is how others see it.

Workplace Gossip | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Let me cut right to the chase – real leaders don’t participate in gossip, and likewise they don’t tolerate gossip from others. In today’s post I’ll share my thoughts on how to control gossip in the workplace… If what you desire as an executive is to have a healthy, thriving, and productive company, it is essential that you curtail office gossip. If you have a problem with a person, or take exception to a particular situation, go directly to the source.

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Business Model Architecture | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While most C-level execs have a general idea of what I’m referring to, it is also quite clear that most can’t even begin to define it, much less articulate the specific constructs of a sound business model. mikemyatt: A leaders Intellect should not be a depreci.

Marketing Success | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

That said, my typical pro-marketing position assumes that certain key fundamentals are in place to insure that the lunatics don’t somehow become in charge of the asylum. Remember that good marketing adds value, leverage, and velocity to your vision.

Contingency Planning | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

My experience with most executives & entrepreneurs is that they are totally committed to and focused on success. As a result, many of them tend to have a major blind-spot (translation: weakness ) when it comes to the anticipation of set-backs.

You Can't Argue With Crazy | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Over the years I’ve simply come to the conclusion that many otherwise savvy business people have yet to grasp – you can’t argue with crazy. It is simply not fruitful to attempt to debate business logic with those who do not recognize logic to begin with.

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Leadership Interview – Marshall Goldsmith | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In fact, I hold Marshall in such high professional regard that he is one of only three other coaches that I’ll refer people to if I’m unable to meet their needs. On with the inteview… Mike Myatt : How would you describe your business and what do you do?

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Shut-up & Listen | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Take a moment and reflect back on any great leader that comes to mind…you’ll find that they are very adept at reading between the lines. They have the uncanny ability to understand what is not said, witnessed, or heard. Want to become a better leader?

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Is the Customer Always Right? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

How far should a company go to satisfy their clientele or customer base? Is there a point when satisfying the customer is actually harmful to the enterprise, or back to the original question, is the customer always right?

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The Disconnected Leader | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The harsh reality is that great numbers of leaders continue to operate in a vacuum by sequestering themselves away in the corner office and attempting to lead from afar. Trust me when I tell you that being out of touch is never a good position to find yourself in as the CEO.

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Confidence vs. Arrogance | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While hubris can be a needed trait to call upon at times, to rely solely upon it as the foundation of your leadership style just doesn’t work. I welcome any discussion about how either confidence or arrogance has impacted your role as a leader.

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Values Based Hiring | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

You see, any of the traits identified in the 98 other answers absent character and integrity will eventually lead to some type of disconnect or debacle. The simple truth of the matter is that you can have your cake and it eat too if you’re willing to hold-out for the right person.

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Love and Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While today’s post is a bit more kumbaya than most, please don’t check out on me because you perceive this topic too gooey and gushy to be relevant. If you take what follows to heart, it might just change your world. Starting to get my drift?

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Leadership & Influence Summit | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Registration for this free online event will not only give you access to my video, but also presentations featuring some of today’s leading influencers. So, if as a leader your curious about how successfully integrate Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y then this video is for you.

Leadership and Opportunity | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While intelligence and good fortune are certainly both valuable traits to possess, neither of these traits holds a candle to having a great sense of timing…Luck is a hit or miss proposition, and we’ve all known many a brilliant underachiever.

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Leadership Interview: Pete Wilson | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Pete Wilson ( @pwilson ) is considered by many to be one of today’s most visionary leaders. Bottom line – If you’re a leader then you need to watch this interview. I really believe that leaders need to tap into people’s desire for significance and purpose.

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Should CEOs Have Term Limits? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Why would we want to institute yet another bureaucratically mandated one size fits all solution that addresses the symptom and not the problem? Why would you ever want the person in charge of corporate leadership, vision and strategy to be a lame duck right from the get go?

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Humility and Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

As my wife has always said, “Those who talk the most usually have the least to say.&# Leaders need to understand that being authentically humble humanizes them, allows them to build stronger trust bonds, and engenders confidence & loyalty from peers and subordinates alike.

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Leadership – No Talent Required | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

However the most important thing I want to communicate today is that I’d take an unrefined leader with a strong foundation over a slick leader with a weak foundation eleven times out of ten. It requires zero talent to be present mentally and physically. I would like to add one.

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World Business Forum – Top 10 Speakers | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In yesterday’s recap of Day one, I gave a detailed breakdown of each speaker presentation, but today I thought I’d do something a bit different…Since everyone seems to like a list, I decided to rank the top ten speakers from both days. Love to receive your thoughts.

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Great Leaders Leverage Great Messaging | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Do you ever find yourself sitting back and marveling at those leaders who always seem to have the right thing to say? In the business world, as a chief executive officer or entrepreneur, corporate messaging is the key to both your personal and professional positioning strategy.

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Bonus or No Bonus? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

So what’s it going to be this year…a turkey, an extra paid day off, a cash bonus, stock/options/warrants, something creative or nothing at all? There is a tremendous amount of conflicting data as to whether or not incentive compensation in any form is an effective motivation tool.

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