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Use Humor That Helps, Not Hurts Your Business

Laughter reduces stress, anxiety and pain. It’s a sign of intelligence and boosts our sense of well-being. Humor, applied appropriately,  increases creativity, commitment and motivation on the job. Ultimately, it benefits business by raising key measures like productivity and innovation. With the case for humor apparently so clear, shouldn’t we make leading with laughter and joking on the …

Tenzin from Tibet

It’s 4 a.m. in San Francisco. Unable to sleep after travelling and working through nine time zones in the past four days, I went down to the front desk to extend my hotel room for another day. The young, soft-spoken night manager handled my request. His English had a footprint that I couldn’t place. I’m …

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SuperCharge Your Strategy

Most strategies fail. Very few leaders are successful at creating, implementing and executing their business strategies. Here are the facts: Only 10% of formulated strategy actually gets executed successfully 85% of management teams spend less than one hour a month on strategy issues Only 5% of employees understand their corporate strategy For leaders, teams and organizations, …

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Drive Your Strategy Like a Tesla

There’s no shortage of strategic thinkers in the world. With over 22,000 titles on strategy available on Amazon, nearly every business school offering something on strategic thinking, strategic management, or strategic leadership, you’d think that most companies are capable and satisfied with the way their leaders run and profit from their strategy. Unfortunately, this isn’t the …

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The Signs of Fractional Leadership

 “Leadership patterns that prevent peak performance” When companies don’t play at their best, organization structures, processes or strategy are often blamed. Efforts and resources are then redirected and legions of consultants are hired to rejuvenate the organization. After the dust has settled, little has changed. Why? You can change the structures, the processes and even …

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Executive Delusions & Mental Roadblocks That Keep The Good From Becoming Great

Marshall Goldsmith http://www.marshallgoldsmithgroup.com once described the characteristics of “classic delusion” for me: “I have the wisdom and courage to objectively evaluate my behavior”  “We all grossly overestimate our own will power”  “I don’t need help or structure to achieve my goals” Marshall’s explanation of delusion has been a reoccurring thought over the past several weeks as …