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Stan Van Gundy: The Soft Stuff Is the Hard Stuff—Especially When Leading in the NBA

At the age of 19, Zion Williamson was drafted number one by the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2019 NBA Draft.  Many experts immediately compared the young star to LeBron James, who had already cemented his place in history on the Mount Rushmore of basketball, alongside Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.  Those are some big shoes to fill. Pelican team owners likely realized they needed a new coach to…

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Improving Leadership Bench Strength

In our meetings with CEOs and HR directors, it is evident there is a growing concern within organizations needing to strengthen current leaders and support the bench of the future ones. After reading Gartner's report on How to Build Leadership Bench Strength, these are my conclusions: HR already invests 23% of its Training and Development budget in Leadership and 27% on the high potential…

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Succession in the Real World- With John H. Tyson, Chairman of the Board at Tyson Foods

Succession is one of the most popular shows on HBO. It’s sometimes even mentioned in the same breath as The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, and Veep. Succession showcases super-rich, but deeply flawed characters who struggle for power and seem to face an endless maze of existential conflict.  Viewers love watching the spoiled family members teeter on a knife’s edge of recognizable and relatable,…

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Can Lawyers Lead?

Recently I taught a brand new class on leadership at the Yale Law School. Despite popular misconceptions, young lawyers are hungry to become more self-aware and to sharpen their leadership competencies. One of the best leaders I’ve met is a lawyer named Wim Dejonghe. In this interview, you’ll hear his advice to aspiring lawyers who wish to become better leaders. You should take his advice…

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A Medical Innovation Factory in the Middle of the Desert

Do surgeons have a God complex? Are doctors stubborn, control freaks?  Sometimes, yes. But it’s not necessarily a bad thing. A surgeon, making life or death decisions during a heart transplant, for example, can see things go terribly wrong in the matter of a millisecond.  Inevitably, the patient wants a supremely confident and competent doctor who is in total control.  It makes sense and it saves…

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Are Doctors Great Leaders? Well, some of them…

Apparently, Zocdoc is doing something right. Their early investors are a ‘Who’s Who’ list of innovators and billionaires, including Marc Benioff, Founder’s Fund, Khosla Ventures, Bezos Expeditions, and Goldman Sachs. Zocdoc is an innovative medical care startup that solves a nasty problem we all face—scheduling an appointment with a new doctor.  Their mission is to make patients’ lives easier by…

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2020 Top CHRO List – The People Leaders To Watch

N2Growth and Stanford Graduate Graduate School of Business are pleased to congratulate those individuals recognized on the 2020 Leaders25 Top CHRO List. These Human Resource leaders represent the top 25 human resources leaders shaping careers, culture, and talent at the world’s most innovative people driven companies. History The inaugural version of our Top CHRO List was published on Forbes in…

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Dansby Swanson: Experiencing the Full Range of Emotions

Brené Brown has changed the way we think about vulnerability. She has numerous best-selling books, one of the most popular Ted Talks ever, and even has her own Netflix special. Almost single-handedly, she has sparked a revolution about how people process painful emotions like shame, grief, sadness, and anger.  She is the modern-day face of vulnerability. People around the world look to her for…

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Feedback Is a Funny Thing with Gerard Coops Ph.D.

On a recent visit to our N2Growth EMEAA headquarters in Rotterdam, Netherlands, I visited with my new friend Gerard Coops, Managing Director of HuReMa Consulting, to discuss his views on leadership as it relates to giving feedback and providing coaching. Interview Summary JH: Leaders providing proper feedback to their team members has been a topic of conversation for endless amounts of time. Why…

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Failing Forward: Brad Smith, Board Chair of Intuit Shares His Perspective

Let's face it; we all fail from time to time.  But how come some people seem to "fail forward" even when times are tough?  Brad D. Smith has a unique perspective. During one of the most turbulent times in Silicon Valley history, Brad D. Smith was the steady-handed, innovative, and always resilient President and CEO of Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU).  During his decade long tenure, the stock price…

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Here’s How Luka Doncic Won Over Mark Cuban

Why does Mark Cuban love Luka Doncic? The easy answer is that Luka is a bonafide star for the Dallas Mavericks. Luka is only 21 years old and already an All-Star He’s a permanent fixture on ESPN’s Top-10 list Maverick's season ticket demand has gone through the roof The economic value of the Dallas Mavericks continues to skyrocket since acquiring Luka But what really resonates with Mark…

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Leading and Succeeding With Accountability with Thandi Orelyn

Thandi Orelyn is a South African lawyer and business executive who has been active mainly in the financial sector. She is a co-founder and executive director of Peotona Group Holdings. Thandi chairs the board of BP Southern Africa and serves on the boards of Toyota S.A. and Toyota Financial Services (South Africa). She has also served as a non-executive director of the South African Reserve…

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Leaders Live in A Glass House with Arjan van Weele

Arjan van Weele, a Professor of Purchasing and Supply Management living in the Netherlands, discusses his perspective on leadership competencies that apply for any leader, no matter where you are within your career journey. Interview Summary JH: The Fourth Industrial Revolution brings unique and new dynamics when it comes to leading. There is a new business context that is happening worldwide,…

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Gray Versus Green: Who Makes the Better Start-Up CEO?

This article was co-authored by Laura Musgrave, Kevin Bijas, and Jeffrey Cohn. “People over 45 basically die in terms of new ideas.'' said venture capitalist Vinod Khosla in 2011.  “People under 35 are the people who make change happen,” he further asserted.  Taking the exact opposite tack, in a recent CNBC interview, Alan Patricof, founder of Greycroft Partners, an elite venture capital firm,…

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Direction, Alignment, and Commitment with Gerard Coops PhD.

Gerard Coops, Managing Director of HuReMa Consulting in the Netherlands, discusses the fact in a recent survey 80% of CEOs revealed they do not have the talent within their organization to execute on their current strategies. Because I found this disturbing, I wanted to dig deeper into what Gerard believes we can do to correct this leadership failure.  JH: Gerard, let us attack the obvious first…

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Assessing Culture Fit vs Culture Add

“They seem like a great candidate, but will they fit in our culture?” This is a question often asked that can have unintended consequences when used as a primary weight in assessing a candidate’s fit. If you have ever been in a position to decide on a new hire or taken part in the hiring process, you most likely have asked, “what is our culture missing?” or “What type of individual will help us…

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