Digital Transformation Or Digital Free Fall: What Every CEO Must Know

Every organization occupies a unique place on the spectrum of digital transformation. Whether they have an accurate perception or understanding of what that means to their business is the bigger concern. Some see digital as little more than a portfolio of projects or initiatives to be implemented, others as a problem to be solved or an opportunity to be exploited, and yes, there are always those…

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The No. 1 Thing Holding You Back As A Leader

Leadership isn’t nearly as complex as people make it out to be, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard. The big difference between highly effective leaders and those just playing at leadership is often found in their willingness to do what doesn’t come naturally or instinctively. Real leadership begins in the moment you realize leadership has little to do with the leader, and everything to do with…

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The No. 1 Way To Spot Weak Leadership

You can spot a weak leader a mile off by simply looking at the types of decisions they make. Not surprisingly, weak leaders pander to public opinion, they manage the routine rather than the extraordinary, and they worry more about being right than achieving the right outcome. Weak leaders seek the safe decision rather than the courageous decision. News Flash: safe decisions rarely are. Great…

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5 Ways To Stop Corporate Crazies From Destroying Culture

Like it or not, we are judged by the company we keep. Corporate cultures reflect the quality and character of their workforce, and leaders will ultimately be judged for the leadership and talent choices they make. A primary function of leadership is to steward and guide culture, and when it comes to leadership, crazy is a dangerous thing. So, in today’s column I’ll share some thoughts on how to…

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The No. 1 Thing Successful Companies Scale

I’ve often said, “if leadership doesn’t scale neither will your organization.” Experience has led me to conclude there is no greater contribution a leader can make to the enterprise than developing a true culture of leadership. Here’s the thing – a culture of leadership can only exist when leaders understand their primary obligation is to develop other leaders. If leadership is sought after,…

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The Leadership ‘X’ Factor That Can Fix Any Business

Businesses don’t fail – products don’t fail – projects don’t fail – leaders fail. I have little use for leaders who can effortlessly call upon the right clichés and buzzwords in conversation, but fail to put into practice what they so frequently wax eloquent about. Words matter; but they matter more when put into action, when they become real, when they make a difference. If you’re a CEO prone to…

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5 Dead Giveaways You’re Not A Credible Leader

Fact: Getting a leadership position is easier than keeping it. Keeping a position of leadership is about one thing, and one thing only; your credibility as a leader – your ability to lead well.  Leaders either have credibility or they don’t… Do you? People arrive at a position of leadership in many different ways. Some individuals openly and aggressively seek out positions of leadership, while…

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Marissa Mayer: A Case Study In Poor Leadership

In March of 2013 I authored an article predicting the demise of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Here’s the thing – not every talented, successful executive is CEO ready; Mayer is a textbook example of this. It was obvious from the early days, at least to those paying attention, that Mayer didn’t have the leadership chops to pull off the admittedly tough assignment of turning around the once iconic Yahoo…

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5 Bad Leadership Habits To Leave Behind

News Flash – there is no perfect leader. But there’s also no arguing the fact that some leaders are much better than others. So, what’s the difference between those leaders whose career trajectory rockets upward with great velocity, and those whose careers move at a snail’s pace, if at all? The best leaders know when to stop harming themselves, they know when to get out of their own way, and they…

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Increase Employee Engagement With More Fast FACE Time

While the majority of our readers are CEOs, savvy senior execs, and seasoned entrepreneurs, I've noticed that we've been experiencing a rapid growth of late in readership falling within the ranks of developing leaders. So when Phil Gerbyshack was kind enough to offer to do a guest post I was estatic! Phil has established himself as a prolific writer and speaker whose savvy is well beyond his…

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