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In a broken world, let hope guide leadership

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It’s a new year, and as I checked in with family, friends, and colleagues, there seemed to be a higher than usual prevalence of illness, from the common cold to surgeries. Looking for reasons, I learned that it was due to more than the fact that people are just working harder than ever before. It… Continue Reading In a broken world, let hope guide leadership

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Don’t wait to make hard people-decisions

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A recent poll was taken of business executives where they were asked to list the most significant challenge they faced in leading their organizations. Overwhelmingly, the No. 1 challenge that more CEOs listed above all other challenges was “waiting too long to make people decisions.” Almost every executive is familiar with the adage, “Hire slow… Continue Reading Don’t wait to make hard people-decisions

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Today’s audiences demand active engagement

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Hank was puzzled. As CEO, he had been running an annual town hall meeting in January for 12 straight years. In the past, his employees would listen respectfully while he enumerated the past year’s successes and laid out strategic priorities for the coming year. At this month’s town hall, things were different. Half of the… Continue Reading Today’s audiences demand active engagement

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By John McGuire What organizational changes are on your leadership to-do list for the new year? If you’re like most leaders today, you have many problems to solve and a host of complex, unwieldy dilemmas that seem beyond solution. Challenges that defy easy answers are everywhere — finding the right business models in shifting markets,… Continue Reading Gaining competitive edge by slowing down, listening

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Manage, mentor, counsel or coach?

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“The hottest trend in management today!” “A state-of-the-art management tool employed by the most productive managers.” Management book shelves are full of new books that speak about managing, mentoring, counseling and coaching employees. Unfortunately, alongside this flood of new books has also come confusion about the differences between all four, with some authors claiming that… Continue Reading Manage, mentor, counsel or coach?

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Todd, the director for a 25-person business unit, was frustrated that he wasn’t getting clear direction from his boss. The vice president he reported to kept telling Todd that he wasn’t being strategic enough. Yet Todd wasn’t clear on what being strategic even meant. If you choose to progress in your career by moving up… Continue Reading To succeed as a director, don’t wait for direction

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I’ve always been curious about an organizational phenomenon that seems almost universal in organizations — organizational “enemies.” There seems to always be one in every team, department or organization. This is a person who is over the top, on the bubble, or simply just very difficult to work with. They are not yet a pariah,… Continue Reading Peer pressure can get you past organizational ‘enemies’

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Technology overthrows another industry

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Making a comfortable living in the old world of book publishing might be over, as technology radically changes the business. Continue Reading Technology overthrows another industry

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Leading and managing from afar

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By Kae Rader The phenomenon of remote working, that is, working outside an organization’s office or workspace, is here to stay and on the rise, presenting new leadership and management challenges. Nearly 14 million U.S. full-time workers performed their jobs remotely almost every day in 2008, according to global human resources firm WorldatWork. The total… Continue Reading Leading and managing from afar

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Policymakers prolonging recession

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During the 1980 presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan said, “Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.” Continue Reading Policymakers prolonging recession

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