Are mentors critical to career success?

On Leadership 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…

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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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What we learned from the Masters

We can learn a lot from the Masters. But in this case I’m not referring to the Old Masters of painting like Delacroix and Rembrandt and Vermeer, but rather to the Masters of golfing fame. The Masters is a tournament I watch with wondrous rapture every year, and this past weekend was no different. Except it…

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What worries CEOs the most?

What worries CEOs? Everything, of course. It’s part of their job description. Managing the executive team, developing strategy, sourcing financing, overseeing marketing, it’s all part of the job.  And if the CEO is heading a startup, the list of to-dos gets even longer. PwC and others have listed their top CEO concerns for 2017, and not…

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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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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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