Bob Mankoff: Management Is A Laughing Matter

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

There is an old saying in show business that goes like this:

“Life is easy; it’s comedy that’s hard.”

That adage came to mind as I finished Bob Mankoff’s wonderful and warm memoir, How about Never–Is never good for you? My Life in Cartoons. That line also serves as the punch line to  Mankoff’s most famous cartoons. Mankoff is the cartoon editor of The New Yorker as well as a long time contributor to the magazine as a working cartoonist. Now turning 70 Mankoff looks back at his career not only with wry wit but with the soul of successful cartoonist, one blessed with a sense of irony as well as a work ethic that shapes his approach to his craft as well as his management style.

 

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Leadership and Humor

Seth Rogen: Using Humor To Be (Really) Serious

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

When you are presenting your ideas, you don’t have to sublimate your personality. It may be your most important asset.

Seth Rogen, a comedic actor, made this point abundantly clear in his testimony to a Senate committee looking into Alzheimer’s Research. Rogen has first-hand experience with the disease. Alzheimer’s struck his mother-in-law while she was in her fifties, and has started a foundation, Hilarity for Charity, to raise awareness and offer to support to sufferers and their families.

 

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5 Obsessions of Champions

The Five Obsessions of Winning Teams

By Brian Layer
Chief Executive Officer, N2Growth

March Madness resumes tonight and in a pressure packed weekend of excitement, the Sweet Sixteen will shrink to the Final Four.  Only the strongest teams will survive and while their defensive pressure, explosive running game or deep shooting might define their style, their success rests on five obsessions. These obsessions are common to champions and may very well help your team in your competitive endeavor. 

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10 Traits of Great Leaders

What Great Leaders Do

By Joel Garfinkle
Chair, Executive Coaching, N2Growth

What does a leader look like? Think of two leaders, famous or not, whom you admire and respect. What do they do that is so different? What traits do they have that help them excel at a high level? Leadership is not a great mystery. Great leaders have specific traits in common. These traits can be learned and developed—by you!

As a leader, you need to understand the specific traits that will help you achieve a high level of leadership success. Here are ten tips to help you identify what you as a leader must do.

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Leaders Who Think More – Accomplish More

By Mike Myatt
Chairman, N2Growth

* This post was originally published on LinkedIn

I’ve always been amazed at the number of tremendously gifted leaders who underutilize the one asset most responsible for their success – their brain. It’s not that leaders don’t think; it’s that they don’t think enough. And when they do find time to think, many leaders often think about the wrong things, in the wrong ways, at the wrong times. My message is simple, but not necessarily easy; to do more – think more.

 

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Organizational Health Care with N2Growth: When was your Last Check-up?

By Damian D. “Skipper” Pitts
Chair, Organizational Development, N2Growth

IT’S TIME TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR ORGANIZATION’S HEALTH!

Schedule an appointment with your organization’s health care provider (you do have one right?) to discuss what operational screenings and organizational development exams you need and when you need them.

These are critically important to make sure your organizational leadership index is healthy, balanced and aligned with your strategic intent and vision to meet the organization’s objectives going forward.

We’re providing some of our resources to help you and your health care provider (you do have one right?) determine what health services and screenings are best for you and your team.

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10 Ways to Provide Quality Feedback

By Joel Garfinkle
Chair, Executive Coaching, N2Growth

Employees want feedback. They want an honest assessment of their behavior to help them improve their work. They know that if they listen to, and take action on, clear and constructive feedback, their overall performance will improve. And so will their job satisfaction.

However, most managers feel uncomfortable delivering feedback, especially when it involves a problem or concern. So many managers take a passive approach or are guilty of knee-jerk, “drive by” feedback, which can be counterproductive. Providing feedback that gets results isn’t as difficult or painful as you think. Listed below are ten tips to make it a powerful, positive experience.

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Chuck Hagel Lunches (And Learns From) Service Members

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

When you want to know what’s going on in an organization, especially a very large one, you talk to the people who make the place run well.

That is what Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is doing every since he assumed his current position last year. While Hagel was a Senator and businessman prior to taking this job, he is a two-tour Army sergeant Vietnam veteran – in fact the first enlisted man to become Secretary of Defense. He knows first hand what it means to serve on the front lines.

 

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On Being an Authentic Leader

By Grant Wattie
President, N2growth Australia

Wolfgang Beltracchi is the most successful art forger in history. His fake paintings have sold for $46 million to museums, and private collections all over the world.  He says the experts hate him because he managed to fool them for decades – he eventually wound up in jail. Some say what he did was a crime against the art culture and others think it was acceptable because he didn’t hurt anyone.

This story paints a strong allegory to leadership. It might sound a far fetch, yet how often have we tried to pass off our own behaviour as fake to maintain a façade?  In the following article I’ll share some observations, insights and research on how we can be more authentic and learn to spot our own in-authenticities.

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