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The Business of People

May 24 @ 4:00 pm

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

May 24 @ 4:00 pm

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

May 24 @ 4:00 pm

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

May 24 @ 4:00 pm

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…

May 24 @ 4:00 pm

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 so, and that you possess a special gift that can help them reach their heart’s desire. — Kevin Allen, Win the Pitch: Tips from Mastercard’s “Priceless” Pitchman

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Lessons from Carol Bartz

May 24 @ 4:00 pm

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 upon us — and indeed would be most welcome — there is no question that Ms. Bartz handled herself poorly on several fronts. Lucy Kellaway, of the Financial Times, nails it (ft.com). She says that…

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Innovative Leadership

May 24 @ 4:00 pm

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 recognition that their people bring their humanity to work with them every day. An understanding that the absolute division between the work realm and the personal realm is naive and unhelpful. A belief that twenty-first…

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Four Questions For Your Direct Reports

May 24 @ 4:00 pm

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 evolve in their ability to deliver results and you will develop as a leader. 1. What things are you doing that require less of my time? What are you getting from me that you don’t…

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A Coherent Strategy Calls For Cohesive Leadership

May 24 @ 4:00 pm

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 with setting a clear and differentiating strategy, working through a surfeit of conflicting priorities, ensuring day-to-day decisions are in line with their strategy and allocating resources in a way that supports the strategy. More to…

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What Got You Here Won't Get You There

May 24 @ 4:00 pm

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 will continue to propel us forward. In the first half of the book, Goldsmith brilliantly chronicles the twenty-one bad habits that can emerge from the delusion of too much success with too little introspection. These…

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