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Who is Your Young Guru?

Who is Your Young Guru?

The Idea:  Who do you go to for fresh thinking and leadership inspiration? All organizations can learn about the creative process from the hyper-competitive entertainment industry. They are not afraid of bringing in outsiders. Are you willing to be shifted?... read more
Get the Boss to Buy In

Get the Boss to Buy In

From: hbr.org Date: January 2015 Direct Link: https://hbr.org/2015/01/get-the-boss-to-buy-in utm_campaign=Socialflow&utm_source=Socialflow&utm_medium=TweetExcerpt: An engineering manager at an energy company—we’ll call him John Healy—wanted to sell his boss on a safer and cheaper gas-scrubbing technology. This might have been an easy task if his boss, the general manager,... read more
Do You Have an Excessive Need to Be Yourself?

Do You Have an Excessive Need to Be Yourself?

From: hbr.org Date: July 2009 Direct Link: https://hbr.org/2009/07/do-you-have-an-excessive-need/Excerpt: One of the 20 annoying habits discussed in my book, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, is “an excessive need to be me.” What do we mean by “an excessive need to be me?”Each... read more
Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

From: hbr.org Date: October 2014 Direct Link: https://hbr.org/2014/10/why-your-brain-loves-good-storytelling/Excerpt: It is quiet and dark. The theater is hushed. James Bond skirts along the edge of a building as his enemy takes aim. Here in the audience, heart rates increase and palms sweat.  I know this... read more
What Makes a Leader?  (Emotional Intelligence)

What Makes a Leader? (Emotional Intelligence)

From: hbr.org Date: January 2004 Direct Link: https://hbr.org/2004/01/what-makes-a-leader/ar/1Excerpt: It was Daniel Goleman who first brought the term “emotional intelligence” to a wide audience with his 1995 book of that name, and it was Goleman who first applied the concept to business with his 1998 HBR... read more
How to Make Your Presentations Better without Opening Up Your Mouth

How to Make Your Presentations Better without Opening Up Your Mouth

From: inc.com Date: November 2014 Direct Link: http://www.inc.com/aj-agrawal/how-to-use-your-body-language-to-be-an-exceptional-presenter.htmlExcerpt: According to Cisco, body language and voice tone account for 63 percent of communication. What's surprising is how few of us rehearse the way we will move on stage during presentations. So much time goes into developing our story and... read more
The Innovator’s DNA

The Innovator’s DNA

From: hbr.org Date: December 2009 Direct Link: https://hbr.org/2009/12/the-innovators-dna?cm_sp=Topics-_-Links-_-Read%20These%20FirstExcerpt: How do I find innovative people for my organization? And how can I become more innovative myself?”These are questions that stump senior executives, who understand that the ability to innovate is the “secret sauce” of business success. Unfortunately,... read more
12 Top Grading Hiring Steps

12 Top Grading Hiring Steps

From: topgrading.com Date: Direct Link: http://topgrading.com/faq/12-topgrading-hiring-steps/Excerpt: Q: Are companies good at measuring the quality of the people they hire? A: No, they are terrible at it. Peter Drucker used to marvel at how companies are so good at measuring everything, how they say talent is their... read more
How Successful People Cure Their Blindspots

How Successful People Cure Their Blindspots

From: forbes.com Date: April 2014 Direct Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2014/04/10/how-successful-people-cure-their-blindspots/Excerpt: It’s a trick question because, by definition, blindspots are areas where you lack awareness of your weakness. Many coaches casually refer to them as “derailers.” A leader continues to advance and climb the career ladder until an unknown... read more
11 Presentation Lessons You Can Still Learn From Steve Jobs

11 Presentation Lessons You Can Still Learn From Steve Jobs

From: forbes.com Date: October 2012 Direct Link: hhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/carminegallo/2012/10/04/11-presentation-lessons-you-can-still-learn-from-steve-jobs/Excerpt: Steve Jobs is still the word’s greatest corporate storyteller. I’ve seen plenty of talented speakers in the past year and I’ve written about many of them in this column but I have yet to find someone as... read more
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