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The Rise of Influential Women Who Made It Big in Big Data

Women on Business

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Three Steps To Building the Leader You Need

Lead Change Blog

Charles-Guillaume Etienne is said to have penned the phrase, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” Most of us have heard something in this vein and many of us agree with these words whole-heartedly.

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Change Your Question Change Your Direction

Leadership Freak

The questions you answer determine the direction you go. In order to find the right answer, you must ask the right question. Image source “The most common source of mistakes in management decisions… Continue reading → Curiosity Leading Questions

Weekly Round-Up: Woman Leader’s Secret Weapon, Leaders’ Unique Energy Source, Everyone Fails, Productive Employee Formula, & Skills for the Future


Welcome to my weekly round-up of recent top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog.

Be Brave

Joseph Lalonde

One leadership trait you must have as a leader is bravery. Leaders are brave people. Leadership isn’t an easy road to tow. You have to make tough choices and go into the unknown. To be a leader, you must be brave. What Does Being Brave Look Like? Being brave is easy, yet hard at the same time.

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Sales Reps, Stop Asking Leading Questions

Harvard Business Review

Most executives recognize a need for their sales team to act as consultants and sell “solutions.” ” But many CEOs would be shocked at how poorly their sales teams execute on the strategy of consultative selling. I recently had a conversation about this with the director of purchasing at one of my client companies who told me: “I can always tell when a rep has been through sales training, because instead of launching in to a pitch, they launch into a list of questions.”

Challenges of Growth


Recently, I've been reviewing some population statistics on cities in Arizona. Several of them are grand examples of how quickly an area can change.

Will the Gig Economy Make the Office Obsolete?

Harvard Business Review

The gig economy, where independent consultants, contractors, and freelancers create portfolios of work in lieu of one full-time job, is transforming the way we work by disconnecting work from an office. In the traditional jobs economy, employers often require employee attendance in the office five days a week, eight hours a day. Gig economy employers, in contrast, focus entirely on performance, not attendance in the office.

Better Quality What?


This is an odd post by Nicholas Bate. I've yet to see evidence that the man sleeps

When Joking with Your Employees Leads to Bad Behavior

Harvard Business Review

A workplace filled with laughter is generally assumed to be a good thing. Several studies have found that good humor doesn’t just make people feel better, or make the work day seem to go faster; it actually delivers bottom line benefits. Employees who laugh together have been shown to be more creative , more collaborative and as a result more productive and profitable.

Never Listen To The ‘Experts’.

Rich Gee Group

Just listened to one of my favorite podcasts this morning — How I Built This. They hosted Manoj Bhargava, the man who invented the 5-Hour Energy Drink. Manoj is a self-made man who started his career driving a $300 dump truck hauling away construction garbage.

Our Brains Love New Stuff, and It’s Killing the Planet

Harvard Business Review

Your brain contains almost 100 billion neurons, each of which, on average, is connected to about 10,000 other neurons. The 1.5 kg marvel we inherited from our ancestors has unparalleled computational power and analytic skills. These have been shaped over hundreds of millions of years by the forces of evolution to favor behaviors that, in the distant past, increased the chances of survival and reproduction.

Vivid Description


[Arctic explorer John Franklin], a man whose natural pace of living and thinking is portrayed as that of an elderly sloth after a long massage and a pipe of opium. From How to Live: A Life of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell

The Biases That Keep Good R&D Projects from Getting Funded

Harvard Business Review

Theodora chairs the R&D selection panel at a global professional service firm. She recently had to lead the committee in deciding whether to fund a proposal from an up-and-coming engineer and one of the company’s business leaders. The project focused on how to design rooms in intensive care units to minimize sleep disruption and facilitate healing. Gerhard, from the infrastructure group in Munich, started the discussion: “This project is just too out there.

St. Patrick's Day Music Break


Sinead O'Connor : " He Moved Through the Fair


Rolling Back Fuel Efficiency Is a Bad Deal for Everyone — Including U.S. Carmakers

Harvard Business Review

The CEO of a large industrial company recently described the Trump administration as “the most pro-business since the Founding Fathers.” ” It’s a popular perception in the business community, with or without the hyperbole, and the stock market is reacting accordingly.

Quote of the Day


No great person ever complains of want of opportunity. Ralph Waldo Emerson