Tech-Savvy Youth and the Future of C-Suite Leadership

Did you know that American youth spend an average of six hours or more a day on screens? As a result of increased social media use and continuous screen time, young adults have become more reliant on the internet for information, learning, working, communication, and entertainment. Today I will share my thoughts on our youth and their relationship with technology and its potential impact on the…

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Gaining Strategic Advantage by Connecting Your Corporate Team with Sales

For over 18 years, I have been leading sales teams through the trenches of sales war. I have experienced corporations deeply connected to what was “actually” happening in sales, and other situations where it was quite the opposite. Throughout my professional career, I have navigated multiple industry segments from professional services to consumer goods and served a decade+ stint in the…

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Doing Well By Doing Good With Darrin Williams, CEO Southern Bancorp

Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp, may have been a little surprised when a world-class business school professor came knocking at his door.  He wasn’t used to that kind of attention deep in the heart of Arkansas. Yet, he could no longer fly under the radar. Professor Rebecca Henderson, an esteemed professor of management at Harvard Business School and a world-leading expert in reimagining…

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Breaking Through | A New Frontier of Technology and Innovation

We are witnessing the creation of an entirely new paradigm, a fierce wave of technological innovation boosting generations of new businesses and business leaders. Blockchain, machine learning, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, 3D printing, and robotics are among the most important technologies of today’s rapidly changing world. The pace of technological applications and innovations has…

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Stefania Mallett, Founder of ezCater Creates a $1B Unicorn

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  At least, that’s how my grandmother used to describe it.  Maybe there’s still something to this adage.  Stefania Mallett turned this old idea into a billion-dollar tech unicorn called ezCater.  Along the way, she learned some valuable lessons about leadership and culture. ezCater is a global marketplace for business catering.  Their strategy is to…

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What Sid Meier’s Civilization Game Taught Me About Business

Since childhood, I have played video games, and one of my all-time favorites is Sid Meier’s Civilization. The turn-based strategy game appeared in the early ’90s, and the game has evolved significantly since its debut, each version has new challenges for players to solve. As the title of this article suggests, I'd like to share what Sid Meier's Civilization game has taught me about business and…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Secrets of Employee Engagement with Stef du Plessis

Stef du Plessis is a thought leader in employee engagement and workplace culture space. There are very few professionals in the HR advisory field with depth, brevity, and perspective than Stef. He is a leader in the coaching and consulting industry and speaks articulately on what it takes to get engaged employees in the workplace with authority.  Interview Summary JH: Employee Engagement has…

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Leadership Interview: Rethinking The Future of Work

In a recent conversation with Sandile Hlophe, Partner and executive leader with EY-Africa, we discussed some ideas around what the future of work could look like over the next few years.  Even though this interview took place before the COVID-19 pandemic, I still believe the topic will be just as relevant as we emerge from the global disruption.  Leadership Interview Summary JH: I am always…

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