Help – It’s Not a Dirty Word!

With a new year staring us right in the face, I thought I'd dust off an old post as a useful reminder for leaders planning the year ahead -  "help" is not a dirty word. I have always believed asking for help is a sign of maturity as a leader. I think John Lennon said it best: "I get by with a little help from my friends." So my question is this - are you easy to help? Think about it...do you…

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The Difference Between Great Leaders And Posers

What is the difference between great leaders and posers? This may sound harsh, but the truth is I’ve witnessed far too many people in positions of leadership that wouldn’t recognize an opportunity if it hit them squarely in the face. If you cannot recognize, attract, and acquire opportunity you should not be in a leadership position. Just this week I’ve observed people in leadership roles who…

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Success Depends on You Asking the Right Questions

As a team leader, it may be uncomfortable for you to ask the right questions. After all, the people you lead expect you to have answers. While it may give you pause to develop a list of questions for success, a Harvard Business School study indicates it is a really good idea. Consider the following: Are you asking yourself and your team the right questions? Will those questions propel you to…

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The “Next Practices” of Strategy-Setting

Are your strategic planning practices flat and uninspired? Have you reduced your planning process to a once per year, budgeting exercise? Do your senior people feel disengaged and removed from your strategic planning? Does the rank and file even understand what's in your strategic plan? Clearly, it's time for a new strategic planning paradigm to emerge - one that features the right set of "next…

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Why Corporations Have a Talent Problem

The reason most corporations are broken when it comes to talent acquisition is they are simply looking for the wrong things through the wrong lens. Their hiring models are built for the old economy. They are looking for conformity rather than a non-conformity. They look to protect the status quo rather than disrupt it. They are hiring for the present and not for the future- corporations have a…

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A Company Health & Wellness Center that Delivers High Value Low Cost Healthcare – Is it Possible?

Each year HR professionals undertake an annual process to determine what benefits will be offered to employees as part of their benefit package – possibly considering what benefit will be taken away or how much premiums will increase to offset growing benefit plan costs.  The changing landscape created by the Affordable Care Act has made it difficult, but not impossible to assert control over…

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The Mylan EpiPen Debacle: How Tremendous Greed Can Lead to the Demise of a Leader

As you have likely heard, the pharmaceutical company Mylan and its CEO, Heather Bresch, have come under immense scrutiny for the firm's EpiPen pricing policy. The EpiPen is a medication delivery device intended for use by those susceptible to anaphylactic allergic reactions (e.g., peanuts, shellfish, insect bites etc.). The use of EpiPens during an allergic episode can make the difference…

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The Price of Core Values is 80 Dollars

I recently spent a couple of days in New York. It was hot and humid, so I didn't think twice being offered a ride in an open bicycle cart from Central Park to my hotel, which was approximately a 15 minute ride. I asked the driver to take the scenic road and enjoyed a last glance of the beautiful park, which added another 35 minutes to my New York experience. "It's 35 dollars sir' or at least that…

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Addicted to Wealth

“Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher If Schopenhauer’s quote is true, then the mining magnate, Gina Rinehart (one of the richest women in the world who’s worth an estimated $12 billion) is very thirsty indeed.

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The Brilliance Of Naiveté

* This post was originally published on Forbes I was speaking with a colleague last week who at one point in our conversation referred a third party as being naïve, to which my response was, “I’m not so sure that’s a bad thing – perhaps we should all be a bit more naïve.”  The seed I was trying to plant was that if people (particularly those in leadership) spent less time defending what they…

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How To Find The Perfect Job

For some, getting a job (much less the right job) has never been more difficult. They struggle with knowing how to navigate in a complicated, noisy world where the global job market is messy and very competitive. For others, it doesn’t matter what’s going on in the job market, because finding the perfect position never seems to present a challenge. The latter group knows a few secrets the former…

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The Leadership Lesson They Don’t Teach In Business School

I’ve always believed leadership exists to disrupt mediocrity, but I’m afraid in recent times many leaders are losing that battle. Somewhere along the way, they threw in the towel and settled for a weak-kneed, watered-down version of leadership – they have rationalized and justified themselves into an acceptance of mediocrity. The sad reality is that in many cases, the education, training and…

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When in Doubt, Rehearse!

By Brian Layer Chief Executive Officer, N2Growth Lately I’ve seen several leaders trip over the unexpected outcome of a grand plan. They failed to anticipate the mistakes and mishaps that happen in all organizations.  When I see an outcome surprise a leader, I’m reminded of a lesson I learned years ago from my Dad.

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5 Signs You’re Not As Smart As You Think

5 Signs You’re Not As Smart As You Think-- My question is this: Is your intellect an asset or liability? All one has to do is watch a very bright person defend their position to understand what I'm driving at with today's post. Observing intelligent people lecture, spin, posture, position, cajole, argue, rationalize, or justify their beliefs in order to "get the win" is oftentimes entertaining,…

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Leadership & The Expectation Gap

When it comes to leadership, I can share the issues of creating and delivering on expectations are no small matter. In fact, understanding how to come out on the right-side of the expectation curve can often be the difference between being viewed as an average leader and one held in high regard. Let me make this as simple as I can; managing expectations is gamesmanship - aligning them is…

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Why the “F” Bomb Shouldn’t Be Dropped

I recently read an interesting article on The Wall Street Journal discussing the use of colorful language in business settings. It prompted me to re-post an earlier piece I authored on the same subject. While both perspectives cover some of the same ground, the article in The Journal hedges a bit too much for my taste. You'll find my piece a bit more direct and firm in expressing there is NEVER a…

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