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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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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