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The Leader's Greatest Return

IF YOU want to make a difference in the world, go further, faster by developing other leaders. Your efforts are magnified exponentially by the investment you make in others. Of course, we talk about developing more leaders, but if we actually made it a priority, we would have more leaders. One issue leaders have always faced is the ability to identify potential leadership in the raw. It can be a bit counterintuitive. John Maxwell addresses these issues and more in The Leader’s Greatest Return. ...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Maxwell, John Maxwell, Leadership Development, Attitude Ability


All You Have to Do Is Ask

IF WE ARE HONEST with ourselves, we know there are times we need help. We just don’t want to ask for it. We’re confident we can figure it out. In time. But here’s the thing. There’s nothing we are going through or trying to figure out that others haven’t blazed a trail for us already. We just need to ask. Wayne Baker says, “you never know what people know—or who they know—until you ask. Asking for help can mean the difference between success and failure.” In All You Have to Do Is Ask he identif...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Time, Baker, Adam Grant, Wayne Baker, Google General Motors IBM Citigroup UPS, Givitas Givitas, Givitas


Leading Thoughts for February 20, 2020

IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I.Porter Moser, head coach of the Loyola University Chicago men’s basketball team, on how to find success: “How you think is how you feel, how you feel is how you act, and how you act is what defines you. I believe completely in the progression of these three statements. If you’re thinking good thoughts, you’re going to have a bounce in your step. You’re g...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Loyola University Chicago, Porter Moser, Jeffrey Hull, Leading Thoughts, Passion Energy


Think Outside the Building

SYSTEMIC SOCIAL ISSUES cannot be solved by a few people working in isolation. They can be better addressed by breaking out of traditional approaches and collaborating with others. Rosabeth Moss Kanter likens these traditional approaches to castles. In Think Outside the Building, she writes, “Castles are any set of institutional structures that loom large and feel permanent. Castles are monuments to the past and to past thinking, museums of preservation.” Moving outside of these castles is the b...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Kanter, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Nitin Nohria, John Taysom, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, Kanter Rakesh Khurana


Zuckerberg’s Priority; BackRub & Burbn; 3 Strategies for Women

Dear ScaleUps,  Hope it’s been a productive and purposeful week. Here are some insights/opportunities to help you outlearn/outthink the competition. …while I’m glad I did annual challenges over the last decade, it’s time to do something different. This decade I’m going to take a longer-term focus.   Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO 3 Strategies Women Can Use to Be Heard at Work -- This Fortune article details three ways women can deal with mansplaining, bropr...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Leadership, Instagram, Australia, Sydney, Shark Tank, Odeo, Zuckerberg, Max, Ben, Bill Gallagher, Better Book Club, John Ratliff


Leading Thoughts for February 13, 2020

IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I.Rachel Botsman discussing trust issues that revolve not just around trust and technology, but trust issues around size: “I think so much of what we need in our lives are smaller systems, where you can really serve people’s best interests. I am a huge supporter of local news, I’m a huge supporter of community practices, all these things are very important...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, John Kenneth Galbraith, Rachel Botsman, Leading Thoughts


Why You Should Sponsor Others

MUCH HAS been written about mentoring. Mentoring is a gift you give to others. And while mentoring can be of tremendous value to the person being guided, it is one-way. Sponsoring is “all-in.” You have skin in the game. Sponsorship is a two-way, reciprocal investment where both the sponsor and the protégé are working for each other’s success. It goes without saying that having a sponsor is a huge career plus, but here’s the startling fact, being a sponsor is just as important as finding one. Sy...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Leadership, Instagram, WPP, Ogilvy, Ogilvy Mather, Levine, Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Leadership Development, Ben Levine, Lou Aversano, Effective Sponsorship Hewlett, Aversano, Young Professionals Network Aversano


Peak Leadership Fitness: Elevating Your Leadership Game

ELEVATING your leadership game is a mindset. Your mindset drives your behavior and your influence on those you lead. You are in control of your mindset. In Peak Leadership Fitness, author Timothy Tobin writes, “A leadership mindset is essentially the belief in yourself and your abilities as a leader. A negative leadership mindset is rooted in self-doubt, uncertainty, and lack of inquiry. A positive one, on the other hand, based on a realistic view of yourself, your potential, and how you view [...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Tobin, Leadership Development, Timothy Tobin


The Trumpet and the French Horn: Two Styles of Communication

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION requires that we know how to best communicate with others. In other words, communicate with them the way they want to be communicated to. Diana Peterson-More shares two ways people like to take in information in her very practical book Consequential Communication in Turbulent Times, direct and indirect. Communication can be direct and straightforward, which often entails using the “w” words: “What do you think? What would you like me to do? What’s your answer? Why shoul...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Communication, Horn, Diana Peterson


Leading Thoughts for February 6, 2020

IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I.Samuel R. Chand, a leadership author and consultant, on disruption: “A fighter pilot knows he's in the right spot when he's getting anti-aircraft fire. If you're not catching flack for your disruptive idea, you're not over your target yet. Keep flying.” Source: New Thinking, New Future II. Michelle King in stressing that gender equality is not about fixi...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Michelle King, Leading Thoughts, Samuel R Chand


Five Foundational Truths of Youth Marketing (and Leadership)

WHO IS Gen Z? They are people born between 1996 and 2011. What is their frequency? Their generational voice is diverse, engaged, knowledgeable, pragmatic, collaborative. And while they share common values, they are very independent. In The Gen Z Frequency, authors Gregg Witt and Derek Baird tackle this demographic which is projected to be the largest consumer demographic in history. The HRC Retail Advisory forecasts this generation to drive 40% of all US consumer spending, and yet it is one of ...
Tags: Leadership, Instagram, US, Instagram and Facebook, Adam Wilson, Leadership Development, HRC Retail Advisory, Gregg Witt, Derek Baird, Carhartt North America Truth, Nicholas Tran, Michael Abata, Jim Louderback, Vidcon Truth, Sara Unger


The Answer is Yes! Now, What Was Your Question?

YOU SHOULD shoot for the moon when it comes to customer service says customer experience guru Micah Solomon. When you are small it is easy to give that personalized service to each customer. But when the orders begin to pour in, the attentiveness begins to slacken. In Ignore Your Customers (And They’ll Go Away), Solomon says that “there’s no such thing as ‘customers’ in the plural. Rather, there’s just one customer: the one who’s being served right now.” He begins with a concept he calls “autom...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Ritz Carlton, Solomon, General Business, Micah Solomon, Nordstrom Zappos, Reading Group Guide


First Look: Leadership Books for February 2020

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in February 2020. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases. Life's Great Question: Discover How You Contribute To The World by Tom Rath Life is not what you get out of it . . . it's what you put back in. Yet our current means for summarizing life's work, from resumes to salaries, are devoid of what matters most. This is why the work we do is often bad for our wellbeing, when it should be making us happier and health...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Leadership, Instagram, New York Times, Russell Wilson, Don, Kirby Smart, Nick Saban, Shay, Steve Brown, Harvard Business School, Emily Balcetis, Patrick Lencioni, Tom Rath, Andy Staples


LeadershipNow 140: January 2020 Compilation

Here are a selection of tweets from January 2020 that you don't want to miss: Teaching By Heart: A Guide For Great #Leadership This It is a remarkable book and a perfect means to refocus your leadership development this year. How To Invest In Startups by @sama Sam Altman The Most Important Thing No One Ever Taught You by @LaRaeQuy Inside big tech's quest for human-level A.I. via @FortuneMagazine Why We Fail To Plan For The Future via @DigitalTonto Greg Satell Four Ways Leaders Can Gain Value...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Sam Altman, Clayton Christensen, Advanced Analytics, LeadershipNow 140, Steve Keating, Tim Elmore, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Voice of Moral Clarity


Responsive Leadership: Needed Now More Than Ever

THE leadership question is top of mind for many people here in the United States and throughout the world. The idea that leaders are trustworthy, honest, and can be relied on to operate in the best interest of the public, the employee, the student, the parishioner, or even the shareholder has been shattered. No matter what industry or organizational structure—business, politics, nonprofit, religious, entertainment or sports—examples abound where leaders have violated their trusted role and expe...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Massachusetts, United States, Board, Leadership Development, Wheelock College, Mark Sanborn, Jackie Jenkins Scott, Dimock Community Health Center, Jenkins Scott, Board of Directors of Century Bank, National Board of Jumpstart Jenkins Scott


Competing in the Age of AI

THE BIGGEST CHANGE being brought about by AI is not human replicas, but the emergence of digital operating models. These models aren’t the sexy, headline-grabbing side of AI, but they are profoundly affecting how we do business and the way leaders of the twenty-first century must think. Marco Iansiti and Karim Lakhani, professors at Harvard Business School, explore these changes in Competing in the Age of AI with examples of businesses in many industries. “When a business is driven by AI, softw...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Digital, Artificial Intelligence, Harvard Business School, Marco Iansiti, Karim Lakhani


Teaching By Heart: A Guide For Great Leadership

DESPITE what the title Teaching By Heart might imply, it is really a book about servant leadership. It is a journey into self-awareness so that you can serve those you lead or seek to influence in spite of your self-doubt, anxieties, and insecurities. It is a remarkable book and a perfect means to refocus your leadership development this year. Professor of management and organizational behavior at Harvard University, Thomas DeLong, writes, “I’ve found that the best teachers are also leaders, an...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Harvard University, Personal Development, HBS, Harvard Business School, DeLong, Thomas DeLong


What Robert Greifeld Can Teach You About Getting Your Organization On Track

TURNING AROUND an organization requires a new story. A very clear and well-told story. When Robert Greifeld was asked to take the helm of Nasdaq in 2003 to execute a turnaround, he came with a new story. As he relates in Market Mover, the story had five parts: 1. Get the Right People on Board 2. Reduce Bureaucracy 3. Embrace Fiscal Discipline 4. Overhaul Technology 5. Stop Being Satisfied with No.2 In any cultural or business turnaround, the right people make all the difference. You can’t predi...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Leaders, Nasdaq, Robert Greifeld, Adena Friedman, Greifeld, Right People on Board, Overhaul Technology, Nasdaq Greifeld


You Can Never Do Wrong, Doing Right

ON Martin Luther King Day, it is worth meeting a close friend of his, Robert J. Brown. Brown is the great-grandson of a slave. Raised by his grandmother in High Point, North Carolina, she used to tell him, “Bobby, do the right thing because you can never do wrong, doing right. You can’t go wrong.” And that has proven true for him over and over again. Although he grew up in poverty, his grandmother—he called her Mama—taught him about stewardship early on. Once when he was young, he asked her, “w...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, White House, Leaders, Nelson Mandela, John F Kennedy, Isaac Newton, Jesus, Bill, Martin Luther King, Nixon, Bobby, Robert F Kennedy, Bob Brown, High Point North Carolina


The Power of Bad

BAD gets into our head and it stays there leaving very little room for the good in our lives. We tend to focus on the bad, even in the face of a lot of positive things. Our brains are wired that way. It’s the negativity effect: the universal tendency for negative emotions and events to affect us more strongly than positive ones. John Tierney and Roy Baumeister (the first researcher to identify the negativity effect) describe the phenomenon well in The Power of Bad: We’re devastated by a word ...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Personal Development, John Tierney, Roy Baumeister, Charles Mackay, Power of Bad, Bethany Teachman


The Impact of Great and Terrible Leaders

MOST PEOPLE have been around a bad leader at some point. Someone who doesn’t communicate, sets impossible expectations, or is just difficult to be around. You’ve likely experienced the draining, exhausting feelings from having to work with or for that person. Hopefully, most people have also experienced a great leader. These are the people who inspire and motivate and encourage people to do their best work towards a common goal. If you’ve experienced a bad leader and a great leader, you know th...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Verizon Communications, Judy, Gallup, University of Manchester, Hans, Leadership Development, Jacob Morgan, Hans Vestberg, Zenger Folkman, Judy Marks, Otis Elevator, Impact of Great Leaders Great, Future of Work University


Helping People Change

MOST OF US want to help people. And typically, we go about it by trying to correct a problem. We focus on what we think they should be doing. Makes sense. To us. But it frequently does not create sustainable change in the other person. Richard Boyatzis, Melvin L. Smith, and Ellen Van Oosten suggest a different approach in Helping People Change. Instead of coaching people for compliance, we should be coaching with compassion. The conventional view of coaching is that it is an activity where, “ba...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, US, Change, Robert Lee, Nea, Carnegie, Andrew Carnegie, Richard Boyatzis Melvin L Smith, Ellen Van Oosten


The Future of AI: What Jack Ma and Elon Musk Are Missing

THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT that we underestimate the power of Artificial Intelligence. AI is quickly becoming a force in nearly every facet of human life. Serial Entrepreneur and Billionaire Elon Musk warns that AI will become much smarter than the smartest human. In a forum at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference held in China, on August 29, 2019, Elon Musk and Jack Ma exchanged differing views of the nature of AI. “There’s just a smaller and smaller corner of intellectual pursuits that hum...
Tags: Facebook, Elon Musk, Leadership, Instagram, China, Samsung, Jack Ma, Ma, Creativity & Innovation, Billionaire Elon Musk, Musk Alibaba Group


First Look: Leadership Books for January 2020

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January 2020. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases. Teaching by Heart: One Professor's Journey to Inspire by Thomas J. DeLong Teaching by Heart summarizes the author's key insights gained from more than forty years of teaching and managing. It illustrates how teachers can both lift people up and let them down. It proposes that the best teachers are also leaders, and the best leaders are also teachers. In exam...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Leadership, Instagram, Maxwell, Don, Huang, John C Maxwell, Jacob, Harvard Business School, Kanter, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Jacob Morgan, Wayne Baker, Theodore Geisel, Thomas J DeLong


LeadershipNow 140: December 2019 Compilation

Here are a selection of tweets from December 2019 that you don't want to miss: A Noble Purpose Alone Won’t Transform Your Company via @mitsmr 5 Quotes That Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Leadership Storytelling by Esther Choy @LeaderStoryLab Daniel R Murphy | Eisenhower Time Management by @jamesstrock Henry Mintzberg Doesn’t Mind Being The Rebel Of Management Theory by @profkjmoore Five Qualities for Leading Business in the 21st Century by Lucy Quist @INSEAD 20 businesses that d...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Art Markman, Korn Ferry International, LeadershipNow 140, Henry Mintzberg, Power of Focus, Steve Keating, Linda Fisher Thornton, Manfred F R Kets de Vries, Esther Choy @LeaderStoryLab Daniel R Murphy, Lucy Quist @INSEAD, Ken Downer Chuck


How Good Leadership Can Impact Employees’ Innovative Behavior

There’s increasing pressure on organizations to be more competitive, and leaders need to have the right skills to influence employees’ innovative behavior. GOOD LEADERSHIP is an important element in the success of any organization. Having effective leaders can help a company achieve its goals and maximize efficiency. In most cases, leaders have a profound influence on their employees. Besides helping them better handle workplace-related challenges, leaders evoke innovation and creativity and in...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Oman, Richard, Gallup, Creativity & Innovation, Edward Deci, Richard van Hooijdonk


Team Leader as Team Coach

TEAMS HAVE PERSONALITIES. You know this from your own experience. Teams go through mood changes. No doubt you’ve felt it after a great team success or alternatively, the gloom and doom when things do not go as planned. It’s a team experience. It’s in the air. It’s mostly invisible, but it affects team performance. There’s an opportunity for leadership in that experience that is generally overlooked. Taking advantage of it as part of team development is an example of the skill set of team leader...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Teamwork, Team, Phillip Sandahl, CEO of Team Coaching International TCI, TCI Alexis Phillips, Power and Human Potential of Work Teams Like


9 Lessons from Henry Ford’s $5 Day Decision

Any decision you make isn’t worth a tinker’s damn until you have formed the habit of making it and keeping it.—Henry Ford IMAGINE that this is your situation: Your young company is a raging success. Its product, a simple one that can be produced easily because of a manufacturing process that you invented, is wildly popular. Then imagine that this is your problem: You have to replace your workers three or four times a year. Your great manufacturing process is driving your employees away. They ca...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, US, Ford, Problem Solving, Fortune, Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company, Fortune Magazine, Hill Knowlton, Robert L Dilenschneider, Karl Benz, Dilenschneider Group, New York City Formerly


The #1 Tactic That Will Help You Be More Productive as A Leader

FOR THE PAST DECADE or so I have spent a lot of time in organizations getting to know their leaders and how they work. That inside look has given me a firsthand account of what they are dealing with on a daily basis. Suffice it so say, this is not your father’s organization. For example, the amount of incoming communication is staggering. The average knowledge worker in the U.S. is interrupted every 11 minutes by some form of communication. Every 11 minutes! That kind of distraction takes an u...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Sara, Leadership Development, Sara Canaday, LinkedIn Learning


The Best Leadership Books of 2019

LEADERSHIP development is a lifelong process. It is made possible with a quality that we spend a lifetime acquiring: self-awareness. People don’t experience our intentions; they experience our behavior. It is a theme that runs through most of these titles. Books like Helping People Change and The Power of Bad, have the power to change forever how we work with others and address the things that hold us back. Grace is a tough concept to sell in today’s environment. Grace looks at the bigger pictu...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Leadership, Instagram, Abc, Steve Jobs, America, Netflix, Walt Disney Company, Roy, Iger, Hull, Random House, Grace, Liz, Kevin Kruse



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