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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.

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.

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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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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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.

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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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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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 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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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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Questions and Team Building | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Whether you like it or not, your success as a CEO will be largely tied to your team building ability. They understand how to effectively deploy these highly productive and valuable team members to create tremendous leverage and velocity across the enterprise.

Looking For Leadership

N2Growth Blog

Have we really degenerated to this point? News Flash – If you have to look for leadership it doesn’t exist…Today’s post is not going to sit well with many in the leadership profession, but then many of my posts seem to have that effect. There is truth in the old axiom that says “the cream rises to the top.” They are the ones people turn to when things get tough. They are the ones that inspire, motivate and challenge others.

Leadership Basics | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

However in reflecting upon my presentations and client engagements, I’ve noticed that it’s not an infrequent occurrence to find that even the most savvy executives misconstrue certain basic leadership ideas. Therefore, I’ve concluded it’s time to take a step back and review the fundamentals.

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The Benefit of Dissenting Opinion | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

I don’t care in the slightest about winning arguments, whether someone is right or wrong, or whether logic is sound or flawed, but I do care about motivation and intent. In the text that follows I’m going to ask you to do some soul searching – up for the challenge?

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Help – It's not a dirty Word! | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Posted on November 22nd, 2010 by admin in Miscellaneous , Rants , Talent Management By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth As much as some people won’t want to hear this, “ help &# is not a dirty word. So my question is this: Are you easy to help?

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Leadership Interview – Michael Hyatt | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

After reading the following interview you’ll know why… Mike Myatt : What is your first recollection of really knowing that you were called to be a leader? I didn’t wait on others if I thought something needed to be done. I had a lot of success early in my career.

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Success vs. Significance | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

However, it is my opinion that those who hold this view truly don’t understand the difference between the two, and are simply attempting to blur lines in order to feel better about themselves. Complicating matters further, I believe few successful people actually make the transition to significance, but every person of significance is successful. Did the attainment of your 2010 goals lead you closer to success or significance? People who help to their detriment.

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Dealing with Conflict | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The ability to recognize conflict, understand the nature of conflict, and to be able to bring swift and fair resolution to conflict will serve you well as a leader – the inability to do so may well be your downfall.

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Interview: Rebel Brown

N2Growth Blog

Rebel has more than 25 turnaround engagements under her belt - she knows what it takes to be a successful leader in not just the good times, but in the toughest of times. My clients range from early stage start-ups to corporate turnarounds to small businesses.

Customer Experience Management | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

That said, I have rarely witnessed CRM implemented to its full potential. The initial concept behind CRM was to integrate experience with management, which was a great idea, but in all practicality, rarely exists in most companies. An engaged employee leads to engaged customers.

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Leadership & Loyalty | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

There seems to be way too much focus on “ me” and not enough focus on “ we” in today’s world. One of the things I tend to value most is loyalty. One of a leader’s most important functions is to create an environment where trust and loyalty are the rule and not the exception.

Memorial Day Leadership Lessons

N2Growth Blog

While this coming weekend simply signifies a long awaited prelude to summer for some, it is much more than that for me. As a veteran and lifelong student of leadership I have always found Memorial Day weekend to be one of the most meaningful and significant of all holidays.

Intellect…an Asset or Liability? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

All one has to do is watch a very bright person defend their position to understand what I’m driving at with today’s post. Not only are these intellectual giants wrong, but sadly, by the time they awaken to a state of reality it is already too late.

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Leading Those Who Don't Want To Follow | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In fact, in most cases I actually prefer to have my thinking challenged – this doesn’t threaten me as a leader, it improves my leadership ability. Along the same lines, I don’t really care if someone does or doesn’t want to be led by me. I only care that they are totally committed to making a positive contribution to the organization. While likeability is a great asset to possess as a leader, it is not essential. They are important to me.

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Why Consensus Kills Team Building | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The gist of the argument seems to be that for teams to be productive, employees have to feel “empowered&# by having an equal voice. And as odd as it may sound, one of the greatest impediments to building productive teams is practicing management by consensus.

Definition of Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In further pondering this dichotomy an interesting thought came to mind – If I could genetically engineer the perfect leadership gene what qualities and characteristics would constitute the architecture of leadership DNA? It is also about seeing the direction that needs to be taken.

Leadership & Political Correctness | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Rather they should benchmark their decisions against the question of “is it the right thing to do?” I don’t know about you, but it’s almost as if we have raised a generation of leaders who feel they have a moral and ethical obligation to be politically correct – WRONG.

Game Changers | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Sure, great leaders never lose sight of their core business, they pay attention to managing risk, etc., In the text that follows I’ll not only provide you with a blue print for finding game changers, but I’ll also ask you to share your experiences and insights as well.

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What All Great Leaders Have In Common | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Contrast this with the fact that CEOs of Fortune 500 companies read an average of four to five books a month. Even more impressive is that some of the most successful leaders throughout history were known to read one book every single day. are all critical to your success.

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Attitude Reflects Leadership

N2Growth Blog

As a CEO, how can you expect to inspire, motivate, engender confidence, and to lead with a lousy attitude? CEOs with bad attitudes will not only fail to engage their workforce, but they will quickly find themselves shown the door as their attitude’s impact on performance becomes visible to the board. Leaders are not perfect, and as CEO, trust me when I tell you that you’re going to have your fair share of bad days. How times have changed!

The Leadership Vacuum | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

It’s been my experience that regardless of the subject, it is precisely when the noise becomes the loudest, that it’s most difficult for the consumer to extract quality and value from the market. I believe our world is suffering greatly due to a lack of leadership.

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Top Leaders of 2010 | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In today’s post I’m asking you to nominate the everyday community leader - the soldiers, first responders, teachers, volunteers, student leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, pastors, medical professionals, etc., who serve as inspiration to us all by the daily difference their leadership makes in our lives. You can nominate your unsung hero by leaving a comment explaning how their example of leadership touches the lives of others. His primary motivation, he says, is love.

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Diversity & Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Let me be clear: leadership and diversity should have nothing to do with one another. Kevin responded to that comment by saying he doesn’t read for gender, he reads for content. I care about your contribution to the enterprise at every level…not just culturally.

Make Peace with Your Unlived Life

Harvard Business Review

This stream of consciousness carried Tina to deeper, more revealing questions. What if all her choices had been in response to what others expected? Tina increasingly began to question herself. She remembered how as an adolescent she had always been preoccupied with: “What do people want me to do? And who do they want me to be?” Jung believed that unless we come to terms with our shadow side, we are condemned to become its unwitting victim.