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Storytelling as a Leader’s Art

So the executive looked at me askance, wondering if what I was saying was really true. “So you want me to learn to tell stories…really?!” Yes, and I wanted him not just to tell stories, but to be a storyteller, … READ MORE

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Why some managers don’t learn from experience & 3 ways to fix it

Often despite attempts to provide developmental experiences for people, by all accounts the learning doesn’t happen. Perhaps you’ve heard of people like this? Jane had been given a plum assignment helping her new company ramp up its marketing function. This … READ MORE

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Fear Change? Be Adaptable.

You’ve heard it before: The only thing that remains the same in today’s organizations is change. Change is inevitable but it is also more copious, rapid and complex than ever before. Knowing it exists is not the same as dealing … READ MORE

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5 Big Reasons Organizational Change Isn’t Simple

Adapted from the white paper Transforming Your Organization by John B. McGuire, Charles J. Palus, William Pasmore and Gary B. Rhodes Today’s companies have no choice but to change. The world is moving and shifting fast, and executives know it. … READ MORE

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6 Must-Have Skills for Leading from the Middle

(Adapted from CCL’s e-newsletter article, “Torn and Worn? Or Focused, Flexible and Strong?”) If you are a mid-to-senior level manager – a leader of managers - you lead in what CCL calls “the middle zone.” You operate up and down the organizational … READ MORE

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Travel Well, Travel Light

Over the years, I’ve honed an approach to travel that works well for me. That is no small feat because I have two seemingly conflicting interests. One is to travel as cheaply and as lightly as possible. The other is … READ MORE

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Bringing Focus to Innovation Leadership: Part 4, Five Steps to Jump-start the Real Drivers of Innovation

Pulled from the white paper, “Becoming a Leader Who Fosters Innovation,” by David Magellan Horth and Jonathan Vehar We’ve seen that innovation is a compelling object for organizations as they look for ways to grow their top line via their … READ MORE

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Gentle Ben: Captain Crenshaw and the 1999 Ryder Cup

Have you ever had a good feeling about something? Like many people this past weekend, I sat and watched the Ryder Cup. I’ve played golf since I was 12, so golf is a big part of my life. Watching the … READ MORE

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Good Time for Gossip?

I want to talk about our new president, but that got me to asking “when do you stop being new?” He’s been on the job for a few months more than a year and–like employees everywhere–we’ve been talking behind his … READ MORE

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