Category Archives: Influence

The Best Leaders Always Ask These Questions

This column is one of several that CCL President and CEO John Ryan has written on leadership as a Linkedin Influencer. Click to view all his columns and sign up to receive future posts. While exploring potential assignments near the … READ MORE

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The Bigger Picture

I live in North Carolina and follow UNC basketball.  One of my favorite former Tar Heel players is Eric Montross.  Eric was on the 1993 National Championship team and is now the color commentator  for the radio broadcasts of Carolina … READ MORE

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How does banning bossy play out in the workplace?

There is a clear gender gap when it comes to leadership today. Women earn 58% of US bachelor’s degrees, yet only make up 19% of US congress, 10% of heads of state and just 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs. While … READ MORE

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Who’s Your Tony Bennett? Who’s Your Lady Gaga? #Mentoring

Sometimes the Grammy Awards recognizes a really odd partnership that really works. A few months before this year’s awards show, I remember doing a double-take when I saw them on TV together singing an old jazz standard. Of course, I … READ MORE

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WAR (the Baseball Statistic), What is it Good For (in Leadership)?

No, I’m not talking about the song by Edwin Starr, the really good cover by Bruce Springsteen, or one of the funnier scenes from the movie Rush Hour. WAR is a baseball statistic that stands for “Wins Above Replacement.” Through … READ MORE

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Keys to Surviving Toxic Leadership in Government

In early January NPR ran a story titled “Army Takes on its Own Toxic Leaders.” The reaction was immediate, and the story seemed to resonate with a lot of people. At least six different people asked me if I had … READ MORE

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Leadership Lessons from a Bee Invasion

Recently my yard was invaded by a swarm of bees. If you’ve never seen a swarm in person, swarming bees are quite impressive…or at least these 20,000 (or so) bees were. It was a large enough swarm that when they … READ MORE

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How Culture Can Affect Leadership Development

“You should write on culture! Start with a blog…” This is how it started… And it got my brain spinning in thousands of directions as there is so much to say! What is culture? How is it defined? Although there … READ MORE

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Five advantages for leaders in a networked world

The following information was adapted from the white paper, “Network Savvy Executives” by Vered Asif, Chuck Palus and Kristin Cullen. Nowadays, leadership requires paying special attention to informal relationships within the organization’s network. Since we live in an extremely complex, … READ MORE

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Preparing for Atlanta’s Next BIG Snow and Other Wicked Challenges: Three Insights for Multiteam System Leadership

From two very different views of the “2 inches of snow” that resulted in disaster recently for the city of Atlanta, GA (one author inching home for FIVE HOURS on a commute that typically takes 30 minutes and the other … READ MORE

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