Tag Archives: Leadership

The Business of People

Running a business with employees is messy and fraught with challenges, not the least of which is the challenge that so many employees are also people — people who have dreams, fears, families, loneliness, hope, illness, optimism, and all of whom want to be part of a successful endeavor.

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Good Boss / Bad Boss

Good bosses matter. The context you create for your top talent can mark the difference between a mediocre and a top performer.

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Developing People is the Heart of Management

Good managers structure the work that must be done in ways that develop the people doing the work. Linda Hill and Kent Lineback, Being the Boss, The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader

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The Difference Between a Coach and a Mentor

A coach helps you be successful in business. A mentor helps you be successful in this business, — in this company, in this industry.

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People follow you because…

I believe, however, that pitches are won — and people are willing to follow you — not because you’ve twisted someone’s arm, but because people see that you understand them, that you’ve applied the time and the sensitivity to do …

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Lessons from Carol Bartz

The unceremonious and poorly executed firing of Carol Bartz last week has pundits and leadership experts debating whether we are entering a new age of transparency in the upper echelons of leadership. While a new age of transparency may be …

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Innovative Leadership

I just started reading Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey. I hadn’t even made it out of the preface when I came across this gem:  Innovative leaders share a trio of fundamental traits: A deep and abiding …

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Four Questions For Your Direct Reports

As you grow as a leader you find yourself spending more time developing people and less time knee-deep in the weeds. Here are four questions to ask your direct reports on a regular basis. If you do so, they will …

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A Coherent Strategy Calls For Cohesive Leadership

Two partners at Booz & Co have written an interesting article called Measuring executive frustration — and going after the big-picture cure. In part, they say, The majority of executives in all industries admitted that their companies lack “coherence.” They struggle …

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What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

How Successful People Become Even More Successful! By Marshall Goldsmith, with Mark Reiter A little bit of success is a dangerous thing. It lulls us into believing that we are savvy and invincible, that what got us to this point …

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