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A fountain pen that never dries out? The answer lies in this pen’s redesigned cap

The fountain pen hasn’t seen much innovation in the past decade aside from garnering a lot of interest on Instagram and Facebook with those therapeutic calligraphy videos. There’s something quite literally old-school about the fountain pen. It’s elegant, classy, has a user experience that’s definitely dated, but hasn’t grown old. People still use fountain pens today, because they’re elite, graceful, and deliver a line quality that’s beyond compare, thanks to the fountain pen’s ability to use d...
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First Look: Leadership Books for May 2019

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in May 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases. Turn Enemies Into Allies: The Art of Peace in the Workplace (Conflict Resolution for Leaders, Managers, and Anyone Stuck in the Middle) by Judy Ringer Leaders often believe they don’t have the time to help employees navigate conflict. It takes more time not to address conflict than to constructively intervene. But before you can successfully guide others in manag...
Tags: Books, Leadership, America, Gallup, Don, Instagram and Facebook, Edmund Wilson, Ron Williams, John Baldoni, David Weinberger, Jim Harter, Jim Clifton, Karl Weber, Judy Ringer Leaders, David Komlos, David Benjamin Too


How to Use Discomfort to Drive High-Performance

IT SHOULD go without saying that coaching as opposed to just managing people, is the key to developing high-performance organizations and teams. Leaders must be coaches. Any growth but especially growth leading to high-performance requires a degree of discomfort. It is the job of the coach to maintain a healthy discomfort for those on their team. In The Coaching Effect, Bill Eckstrom and Sarah Wirth have created the Growth Rings model to show why exponential and sustained growth only occurs in ...
Tags: Leadership, Change, Instagram and Facebook, Sarah Wirth, Bill Eckstrom


6 Tips to Improve Your Hiring Process

ONE OF THE MOST significant ways a leader can impact their business is through the quality of their hiring, yet this is rarely listed as a critical leadership competency and often overlooked. In my experience, this is usually because the impact is not as immediately visible as for example when they make an investor presentation that goes badly or fails to convince the Board during a key presentation. Yet the cost of poor hiring is considerable, not just in terms of hiring unsuitable candidates...
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First Look: Leadership Books for April 2019

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in April 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases. Nine Lies about Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real WorldMarcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall There are some big lies--distortions, faulty assumptions, wrong thinking--that we encounter every time we show up for work. Nine lies, to be exact. They cause dysfunction and frustration, ultimately resulting in workplaces that are a pale shadow of what the...
Tags: Books, Leadership, Chrysler, Mount Everest, Daimler, Wirth, Instagram and Facebook, Ashley Goodall, Edmund Wilson, Eckstrom, GrowthBill Eckstrom, Sarah Wirth, BusinessKevin Kruse Kevin Kruse, MakingLeander Kahney, Pawel Motyl, Sunstein Sunstein


The Leadership Killer

THE LEADERSHIP KILLER is in all of us, all of the time, just waiting to strike. It doesn’t discriminate—neither gender or race. The ironic thing is, we give it permission to kill. It’s our choice. In The Leadership Killer, Bill Treasurer and Captain John Havlik expose the leadership Killer. It’s hubris. Arrogance. It has killed more leaders than any other leadership flaw. The fact that we have seen and experienced leaders seduced by their egos makes this book vital and timely. It is a short b...
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Creating the Conversations That Help Them Grow

FINDING good employees is not enough. Developing them is critical to keeping them. Everyone has options. If you are not growing and leading your employees, they will look elsewhere. “Success today,” say Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni in Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go, “rests upon finding ways to continuously expand everyone’s capacity, engagement, and ability to contribute to the organization.” While many leaders may feel they don’t have time for career development, it’s not as comp...
Tags: Leadership, Human Resources, Kaye, Instagram and Facebook, Julie Winkle Giulioni, Beverly Kaye, Giulioni


Facebook Says It Needs to Collect All Your Data to Protect Against Terrorism and Child Abuse

Facebook was slapped with a ruling in Germany today that limits how the social media giant can collect data across its multiple platforms, like WhatsApp and Instagram. And Facebook is not happy about it, to say the least. The company says it’s collecting all of that data for your own good. They’re simply using their…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Instagram, Privacy, Germany, Whatsapp, Surveillance, Donald Trump, Data Privacy, Sheryl Sandberg, Instagram and Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, President Trump, delete Facebook, Bundeskartellamt


Return On Courage

COURAGE is what gets you from here to there. But it’s not courage or risk. It’s courage and risk. They work together. “Those who are risk-averse are inadvertently courage-adverse,” says Ryan Berman author of Return on Courage. It is a balancing act. “If courage is the accelerator, then risk is the brake pedal. You need them both to drive a car, but you can’t press them at the same time or the car won’t work.” So how hard should you hit the gas? How important is it that you change? Why courage?...
Tags: Leadership, Change, Qualcomm, Berman, Roger Martin, Instagram and Facebook, Ryan Berman, Brian Krans


The Fearless Organization

YOU’VE CAREFULLY put your team of people together, spent a lot of time getting the right people on the bus, your best and brightest, and yet you’re underperforming? Your team isn’t giving you everything they’ve got. People hold back when they feel it is not in their best interests to contribute—to say what they think. As a result of this interpersonal fear, we miss the benefit of the very minds we are relying on to move us forward. Creating psychological safety is essential in a world where inn...
Tags: Leadership, Instagram and Facebook, Edmondson, Creativity & Innovation, Astro Teller, Amy Edmondson, London Business School Profesor Dan Cable


The 9 Dimensions of Conscious Success

HOW DO YOU stand out in your chosen occupation to get the respect, recognition, and opportunities you want and deserve, to achieve the success you want? Leadership and life are built on relationships. Despite any talent or education you may have, your ability to work with and influence others is what will set you apart. But that doesn’t just happen. You need a plan The 9 Dimensions of Conscious Success: It’s All About You! by David Nielson was written to give you a framework to consciously brin...
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What’s Your Story?

WHAT GREAT LEADERS have in common is their ability to communicate and create meaning from their words. Much of that ability speaks to the ability to listen and read between the lines to develop an understanding with those you lead. Great stories begin with great listening. From there you can learn how to connect your perspective to theirs. This is especially important today when ironically our ability to communicate in a meaningful way is deteriorating. The structures we used to have to devel...
Tags: Leadership, Communication, Lincoln, Fast Company, Fdr, Ryan Matthews, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Goodwin, Instagram and Facebook, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Watts Wacker


Hyperfocus: How to Take Control of Your Mind

THERE ARE LIMITS to our attention. There is only so much we can focus on at any given time. So it becomes critical what we allow in our attentional space if we want to get anywhere in life. (And heads up. Your attention space shrinks as you age—but your mind wanders less.) When we try to cram too much into our attentional space, we experience attention overload. When we do that we forget things because we didn’t leave enough space for what we originally intended to do. What is going on in our ...
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Questions Are the Answer

A PROBLEM OF OUR TIME—and perhaps every generation—is that we ask the wrong questions. The wrong questions divide us. Great questions break down assumptions and create possibilities. Simply put, better questions give us better answers. It’s all about the question. Great leaders are great at asking better questions. In the rapidly changing environment, we are in today, it is imperative. Our future depends on it. Until you ask different questions, you can’t move beyond the incremental progress mo...
Tags: Leadership, Thinking, Instagram and Facebook, Gregersen, Hal Gregersen


Leading Matters: John L. Hennessy on the Leadership Journey

A S A PROFESSOR, an entrepreneur, the president of Stanford University, and now the Chairman of the Board of Alphabet (Google’s Parent company) and Director of Knight-Hennessy Scholars, John Hennessy has had a lot of leadership experience. In Leading Matters, he shares the stories of what worked and what didn’t work. Leading Matters is about the journey. The stories he tells here are revolve around the ten elements that shaped his journey and how he relied on these traits in pivotal moments. Th...
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Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most

L IFE GIVES US CHOICES, and we make decisions. Some choices are easy like “Should I get vanilla or chocolate ice cream?” Most of our decisions are like this, and the consequences aren’t life-changing. Most books on decision-making describe these kinds of intuitive, gut-reaction decisions. But not all decisions are of this type. Some are farsighted choices as Steven Johnson calls them in Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most. These are the big decisions—life choices—like sh...
Tags: Leadership, US, Problem Solving, Johnson, Benjamin Franklin, Denver, Harvard Business Review, Tolstoy, Andrew, Franklin, Steven Johnson, IFE, Instagram and Facebook, Thomas Schelling, Pierre Wack


William Donaldson on Entrepreneurial Leadership

W ILLIAM DONALDSON has led a full life. He was most notably a co-founder of the investment banking firm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1959, served in Henry Kissinger’s State Department, was the founding dean at the Yale School of Management, served as chairman and chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange, turnaround CEO of Aetna, chairman of the SEC, and now CEO of the private investment firm Donaldson Enterprises. Donaldson and Karl Weber extract relevant lessons for leaders in En...
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The 8 Elements of Punk Rock Business

O K,  I’ll bite. What do the Ramones, the Clash, and the Sex Pistols have to do with leadership? The title of Jeremy Dale’s book, The Punk Rock of Business, comes from a comment Bono made to Oprah about a project Dale was working on with him for Motorola. Dale and his team had performed the impossible and Bono said, “They are the punk rock of business: no long introductions, three beats and you’re in. They say they are going to do something, and then it just gets done.” Using that as an inspi...
Tags: Leadership, Bono, Punk, Oprah, Dale, Instagram and Facebook, Joey Ramone, Jeremy Dale, Motorola Dale


David Wiener’s 40 Rules for Business, Management and the Rest of Life

I HAVE a “no jerk” rule. I will not work on a matter or participate in a transaction if certain people are involved on either side of the table. I apply this philosophy widely across business and managerial settings. I actually have a hard time separating my business philosophy from my management philosophy. Managing my practice and managing my clients are similar. All I can add in deal situations is to “tell the truth in the most favorable light possible,” have reasonable expectations financi...
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15 Fascinating Facts About Theodore Roosevelt

TYPICALLY RANKED among the top five presidents, Roosevelt changed the face of the presidency and redefined America's place in the world. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore alongside those of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. His accomplishments were considerable. He was a cowboy, a historian, a soldier, and explorer, a hunter, an author, an orator, an environmentalist, family man, and president of the United States. 1. TR maintained a small zoo. The Roosev...
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Humble Leadership

I T NEVER HURTS TO BE REMINDED of the need for humility. We tend to fall back on transactional relationships and rule-based leadership. Edgar Schein and Peter Schein call this Level 1 based leadership. What they advocate in Humble Leadership is moving to and developing an organizational culture based on Level 2 relationships. That is relationships that are intentionally personal, cooperative, and trusting. Level 2 relationships come naturally with friends and family, but no so much at work. Le...
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What Happens Now? A Look at 7 Reasons Leaders Stall

T HE ABILITY TO REINVENT YOURSELF is core to your success as a leader. The ground is shifting under your feet. The only way to stay relevant and therefore effective is to invest in building your skills as a leader. As you take on more responsibility, the demands on you as a leader change. If disrupting yourself isn’t part of who you are, you will get left behind. If you are just doubling down on what you’ve always done, you will miss the opportunities. When conditions change, you have to chang...
Tags: Leadership, Instagram and Facebook, Warren Bennis, Leadership Development, James O'Toole, John Hillen, Mark Nevins


7 Tips for Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

I F YOU WANT TO GROW your career, Wharton Lecturer and EMBA Career Director Dawn Graham recommends in her book Switchers, that you “continually put yourself in situations where you’re the least qualified person in the room.” That is, “put yourself into professional situations where you have some foundational knowledge, but are still a novice.” Not only do you grow from the experience but you’ll have a roomful of experts to learn from. At first you may feel inadequate—feel like an imposter—but w...
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Straight Talk for Startups

E NTREPRENEURSHIP is not for everyone. It’s not an escape from the cubicle, hard work or bosses. But it is creative. It can be enriching in many ways. And if you are successful, you can believe that you did it all on your terms. And while it’s easier than ever to get started, it harder than ever to succeed. Randy Komisar and Jantoon Reigersman bring decades of startup experience to help you beat the odds. In Straight Talk for Startups they offer 100 insider rules to bring clarity and a dose of...
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Leap: How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied

I N TODAY'S competitive environment, where latecomers can copy almost any product or service, companies can no longer just be good at what they do. Is the displacement of early pioneering companies an inevitable fate in the modern economy? Outlasting copycat competition in any industry is difficult; doing so over decades is nearly impossible—unless you leap. Howard Yu explains in Leap: How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied, how a business can shield itself from copycats. (The...
Tags: Leadership, Steve Jobs, Novartis, Yu, Yamaha, Procter Gamble, Instagram and Facebook, Creativity & Innovation, Howard Yu, Yamaha Steinway Sons, William Cooper Proctor


What Is the Role of Leaders in Emerging Technology?

O N JUNE 9th last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 2017 commencement address. He zeroed in on the distinction between technology and what it means to be human. His comments also point to the kinds of things—human things like empathy, communication, imagination, and relationships—we need to be developing to live and lead in the emerging artificial intelligence landscape. Technology is capable of doing great things. But it doesn’t want to do great thi...
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Never Stop Learning

W HAT DID YOU LEARN TODAY? We often think of learning as something we are doing all of the time. But we aren’t. Mostly we are repeating or reinforcing what we already know. And that gets in the way of learning. And when it comes to learning from mistakes we ignore, blame, and rationalize to protect our self-image. All of which, deprive us of the chance to learn. In Never Stop Learning published by Harvard Business Review Press, UNCC professor Bradley Staats provides the processes we need to fol...
Tags: Google, Leadership, Learning, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Aesop, Peter Drucker, Instagram and Facebook, Martha Graham, Bradley Staats, Richard Beckhard, Staats, Harvard Business Review Press UNCC, Francis Hesselbein Marshall Goldsmith


My Father’s Business

T HE DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION began in 1939 as J. L. Turner and Son in in Scottsville, Kentucky by James Luther Turner and Cal Turner. Scottsville was a small town of only 2,000 people and 60-miles south of Nashville. Not a great place to build a retail business. They were wholesalers to local retailers. Eventually Cal Sr., came up with the idea of opening a store with only one price—a dollar. And in 1955 the first Dollar General store was opened. In My Father’s Business: The Small-Town Val...
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Beyond the Drama Triangle

Y OU’VE HEARD of the Bermuda Triangle, where ships and aircraft disappear without explanation. There’s a workplace equivalent, a triangle where good will and productivity vanish. How many working hours of the average day do you and your team spend in the Drama Triangle? This triangle was developed as a social model years ago by Stephen Karpman, a student of Dr. Eric Berne, the father of Transactional Analysis. It maps out a type of dysfunctional interaction that is common in the workplace and i...
Tags: Leadership, Mattson, Sandler, David Mattson, Instagram and Facebook, Bermuda Triangle, Eric Berne, Sandler Training, Drama Triangle, Karpman, Stephen Karpman


The Journey to Servant Leadership

I T'S NOT ABOUT YOU. That’s where servant leadership begins. Success is based on your influence in the marketplace and those you help. Or rather, it is significance over success. This is a very different mindset from a power-leadership model. And it takes time because we are predisposed to lead from a power mindset. When Art Barter bought Datron World Communications in 2004, he was determined to create a servant leadership culture in his organization. In doing so the company went from $10 milli...
Tags: Leadership, Instagram and Facebook, Barter, Datron, Datron World Communications