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Mastering the art of executive small talk

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As an executive, you have lots of work to do. In fact, you have so much to do that it sometimes feels like you are chained to your desk. Visits away from your desk are generally purposeful, brief, and mission-focused so that you can get back to the piles at hand. Your team members, on… Continue Reading Mastering the art of executive small talk

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Entrepreneurship: Succeed or bust

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Are you meant to be an entrepreneur? Do you have what it takes to build a business for yourself? Do you have a great idea that needs to be in the marketplace? 1. Do you love what you do? Are you passionate about getting up in the morning and starting to work on your business?… Continue Reading Entrepreneurship: Succeed or bust

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The critical ingredient is always trust

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Imagine walking into your leadership team meeting wondering whether the same old politics will play out. Would the same people work their own agendas, again? Would the same people be silent and watch it happen? Would everyone just be nice and kind and not honest, and let the meeting pass without ever addressing the elephant,… Continue Reading The critical ingredient is always trust

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Five most common hiring mistakes

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Hiring a new or replacement employee is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as managers. It also happens to be one of the most strategic and costly decisions as well. There are many ways to improve your chances of hiring well, but the simplest is to avoid the most common hiring… Continue Reading Five most common hiring mistakes

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What does it take to be wildly successful?

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Are these 10 statements true for your business or do you need to make some adjustments? 1. We know what we sell. We are clear about our products, services, and what we offer. We can explain what we do in 30 seconds or less. 2. We have a plan for our business, and we run… Continue Reading What does it take to be wildly successful?

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In the vibrant new democracy of South Africa, Ubuntu is a way of life. With its roots in the Bantu languages of southern Africa, Ubuntu literally means “I am what I am because of who we all are.” This is the essence of true collaboration, where the primary focus of cultural transformation is to move… Continue Reading Ubuntu Collaboration: Lessons from South Africa

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Be a great board member

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Many enthusiastic volunteers accept positions as part of a non-profit board, committee, or community effort such as local chambers of commerce, philanthropic groups, or professional associations. The learning curve tends to be very high during the first year. They are thrilled that you stepped up, and you are excited to be involved. Now what? 1.… Continue Reading Be a great board member

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Executive ed center wins high ranking

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The Financial Times ranked the Center for Creative Leadership No. 6 among executive education institutions. The North Carolina-based nonprofit has offices in Colorado Springs, San Diego, Brussels,Moscow,  Singapore;,New Delhi and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ranking comes from a worldwide survey about executive education, according to a release from the group. This marks the second year… Continue Reading Executive ed center wins high ranking

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I often speak to leaders who desire to increase the level of performance, initiative, productivity, enthusiasm, competence, and overall engagement of their direct reports. When I ask them what the relationship looks like between themselves and their direct reports, I often get a puzzled look as if to say “What does relationships have to do… Continue Reading Achieving results through effective relationships

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Peer advisory groups

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Are you feeling a bit lonely at the top of your business? As a leader in your business, who can you turn to for trusted advice, perspective, experience, and accountability? When you have important decisions to make, who can you trust to check your thinking? Imagine having over a dozen peer company executives and leaders,… Continue Reading Peer advisory groups

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