Some of the problems that have occurred, or are still occurring, in some of the best known brands, are because of what I call leadership implosion. Senior leadership in some places, for an entire generation or two, have insisted that no one is a worthy advisor, or a worthy leadership hire, from outside their industry. They say that unless you know our industry and have lots of experience in it, you cannot possibly help us,

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Business & Education: Great Combination!!

Posted by Dr. Robert Bliss on January 01, 2000
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When I wrote my first book there were three distinct areas of interest to leaders in business and/or higher education….leadership, accountability and motivation.  The latter being individual motivation, on overcoming  personal seemingly  insurmountable obstacles in life.  As a result, the book resulted in several speaking engagements from a wide range of audiences in both business and higher education. The talks in higher education circles has prompted a second book (in the draft stage) tentatively titled,

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Thinking And Acting Like a Leader

Posted by on January 01, 2000
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If you are a leader, one of the challenges is to always think and act like a leader, on or off the job. A big part of effective leadership is having genuine respect from those who work for you, from your peers, and from your boss. This can be especially challenging sometimes for those who are new to leadership. If you have had bad habits in the past (e.g. drinking too much, sexual harassment, etc.),

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Leading Outside the Box

Posted by on January 01, 2000
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An excellent leader should attempt to keep the business or organization at the leading edge of competition within the applicable industry, to attempt to be continuously outside the box, instead of just attempting to keep one step ahead or on a par with the competition. An excellent example of this is the current status in the mobile operating systems industry. Apple iOS and Google Android are apparently marching ahead with such speed and innovation that

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Maybe the toughest thing in management to do is persuade others to go along with you when you have no authority over them. I once heard Jim Collins, the leadership expert and author of Good to Great (Social Sector), analogize this situation as the equivalent of Lyndon Johnson leading in the Senate. As Senate Majority Leader in the Fifties, Johnson was able to drive through legislation through the power of his persuasion. He was a good

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Democracy is based on the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people. – Harry Emerson Fosdick Reason 1: Rookie Mistakes Your city council is a collection of novice members who are continuously being replaced. Every one of them starts out as a raw rookie. I don’t care what their professional background is; when they first get elected to office, they start out as a raw rookie. Sometimes these raw rookies have run for office on

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Four Ways to Evaluate a Major Decision

Posted by John Baldoni on January 01, 2000
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The tough part of management is not administration; it is people. Well-managed systems may run themselves. People, on the other hand, are not to be managed; they must be led. Part of the governance process in any organization is getting people to go along with ideas they themselves have not initiated. Good leaders know that most people, if not all, are motivated by self-interest. While politicians cater to the interest of voters, true leaders understand

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No Days Off for Leadership

Posted by on January 01, 2000
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Leaders may, and should, take days off, but the leadership system can never have a day off. It has to be functioning 24/7/365. The leaders of a nationally well known organization seemed surprised by the results of their premier event of the year. Had they had the proper leadership systems in place, they should have not been surprised at all. Rather, everything should have been tested out thoroughly in advance and they should have, like

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Don’t Wing Your Next Crisis

Posted by John Baldoni on January 01, 2000
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Oil spills. Terrorist attacks. Pandemic influenza. Hurricanes. Each of these events can disrupt your business significantly. It is therefore important to develop what a 2009 report from the IBM Business Values Institute calls “human capital resilience,” which the study defines as “an organization’s ability to respond and adapt rapidly to threats posed to its workforce.” The word resilience captures how leaders must learn to cope with adversity. The report outlines a number of steps that

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How to Replace a Missing Star

Posted by John Baldoni on January 01, 2000
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Sometimes if you scratch beneath the surface of a good team, you may find that team performance depends upon the efforts of one or two high achievers. That may be okay for the short term but what happens when one or two of those stars move on? What does the manager do next? First look to the team. Ask for the members of the team to step up. One or more of them may be

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