The principal rule: stand by your principles

I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve seen good business writers make basic mistakes with two words in the English language. And if good writers, including people who regularly publish on the web are making these mistakes I can only imagine the millions of not-so-good writers who must be making these errors as…

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The Best Performing CEO’s in the World

The lead article in the November 2016 issue of the Harvard Business Review is entitled, The Best Performing CEOs in the World. Although it is an interesting article in its own right (the three CEOs interviewed, Martin Sorrell, Pablo Isla and Lars Rebien Sørensen have a lot of intriguing things to say about executive pay,…

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Do leaders get better with age?

Do leaders get better with age? It’s not an easy question to answer, so let’s start with a different but very definitely related question:  How important is it for a leader to look smart in the eyes of subordinates?  Is your boss that person? Does he or she feel the need to look smart and…

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Should consultants write a book?

Former Deloitte consulting partner Michael McLaughlin wrote an interesting post where he asked a question: Should business experts write a book? It’s such an important question that, with his permission, I decided to re-post key excerpts from it here in my blog:  It doesn’t matter whether you self-publish or go with a big publisher. Few things…

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How Do You Get Your Book Published?

Every would-be author wants to know how to get his or her book published, and business authors are no different. You have two options: find a traditional book publisher, or self-publish. There are pros and cons to both, but it gets a little tricky if you decide on #2 because there are a vast array of…

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What’s wrong with the next generation of leaders?

The era of Bill Gates and Andy Groves and Steve Jobs has come to a close, and a new group of entrepreneurs and leaders is emerging—one as talented and driven as any previous generation I can think of. But there’s something profoundly wrong with the next generation of business leaders, as business channel CNBC has…

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Givers & Takers & Great Motivators

One of the things that most impressed me about Adam Grant’s thinking in his book Give and Take was that “givers” develop a devoted following in part because because they are such wonderful motivators. They are not the brash, hyper, rah-rah type of motivators, however, but the quietly persistent type – you know the ones….

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Givers & Takers & Four-Legged Treasures

Giver, Taker,Matcher, Faker,Rich Man, Poor Man,Beggar Man, Thief I came across Adam Grant’s book, Give and Take, only recently, and it left an indelible impression on me. He says there are three groups of people in the world: givers, takers and matchers. Actually, there’s a fourth group, which I’ll get to in a moment. Most…

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Is blogging really that hard?

Well, is it? Is blogging that hard? This is actually a loaded question because there is no easy answer. If you’ve never blogged, for example, it can be a little difficult to get started, either because it’s a little intimidating or because of simple procrastination (my own personal experience). And if you blog regularly, but…

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Complex is easy. Simple is hard.

How you tell your story is more important than what story you tell   Whether you are the CEO of a startup or an executive trying to make a career move, the challenge is the same: You need to persuade people you do not know to get to know, like and trust you. It’s not…

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