An Interview with Muhammad Ali

    A trailblazing leader who never wished to be one What? Ali’s dead? Yes, I know. He may have passed away in 2016, but he lives on in the minds of hundreds of millions of people. I’m one of them. As a small boy, I listened to his fights on the radio. Ali singlehandedly…

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Are mentors critical to career success?

An interview with Jacqueline Szeto-Meiers         It’s striking to me how many wildly successful people had mentors. Some notable examples include Richard Branson, whose mentor was Sir Freddie Laker, Mark Zuckerberg, whose mentor was Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates, whose mentor was Warren Buffett. I never thought of having one myself and…

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What Shoe Dog taught us about shy leaders

Back in the 1960s, who would have thought the humble running shoe could become a fashion icon? Well a shy, 21-year-old middle-distance runner named Phil Knight did. And Nike was the result.     When Nike founder Phil Knight was growing up in the 1960s, running wasn’t even a sport. “Running for pleasure, running for…

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The new leaders value empathy and vision

The new leaders: When Microsoft’s Nadella speaks about leadership he talks about empathy, while PayPal’s Schulman talks about inspiring hope. Leaders lead by inspiring others. But where do they find their own inspiration to lead? I was watching a Facebook Live interview with Paypal’s CEO Dan Schulman, and Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, and what struck me were…

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The ROI of writing a business book

While there are many good reasons to write a book (my website offers plenty of them), this post, courtesy of Mike Dowling at Wool Street Writers, absolutely nails it. It reveals how writing a book created nearly a million dollars of new business for one of his clients.   What kind of ROI can you expect from writing…

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