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Five Ways to Check Your Hiring Blind Spots

Good hiring checklists—the best ones—are inextricably linked to your organization’s mission. Deeper still, they’re linked to the specific skills and behaviors you’ve ascertained will achieve that mission. Now, we understand there are also a number of “must-have”...

A self-made leader doesn’t make much…

A self-made leader doesn’t make much [progress]. I first wrote that statement in 2008, in my book, Leadership Gold. Eight years later, I still believe it. After all, I’m not a self-made man. It took a lot of people investing in me to get me where I am today. You may...

Build Your Legacy… Today

Author:  Mark Miller - Vice President, High-Performance Leadership | Chick-fil-ARead Time: 2 min 33 sec. How are you doing on building your legacy? Leaders are responsible for moving people from where they are (Current Reality) to where they need to be (Vision/...

The Art of Managing Monkeys

Empowering leaders refrain from stepping in to solve their team-members’ problems. Instead, they foster a culture where team members become independent and take initiative.  Do you ever go home feeling that you’ve spent the whole day doing jobs on other people’s “to...

Leadership Blind Spots

Do you have any blind spots? …If you answered no, you now know where your blind spot is! Okay, I think most of us would acknowledge that we do possess blind spots. We assume there must be some areas where we “don’t know what we don’t know.” And we suppose that our...

12 Questions to Help Your Team Win

I have been great in leadership positions. And I have been, well, not so great. I have worked with team members who did well in their positions. I have worked with some that, well, were not so great. All of these significantly impacted the team and organization. You...

Integrating Your Succession Plan

Every leader faces the need to turn over responsibilities at some point in his or her career. Yet, in a 2010 survey by the search firm Heidrick & Struggles and the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University revealed that only 54% of boards were...

5 Ways to Value Team Members

Eight months into my retirement, my former assistant sent me a message reminding me of a critical day in someone else’s life that she thought I might want to acknowledge. No, she doesn’t work for me anymore and she did not have to make that effort. She did so because...

To Build a Great Team You Need Great Team Players

When you think of a great team player, what image comes to mind? Is it the tireless workaholic who grinds out long hours alone in their office? Is it the award-winning perfectionist, whose office is lined with trophies and certificates of achievement? Well, in his...

How to Get Employees to Think Like Customers

This article is co-written by Adam Grant (GLS 2015) and Erin Henkel, portfolio director at IDEO’s Chicago studio. We all know how important it is for an organization’s leaders and employees to empathize with its customers. Evidence shows that when people understand...

Stuck on What’s Next

When confronted with too many good options, it’s easy to get paralyzed. The complaint is that we don’t know what to do next because we’re pulled in many good directions—and doing one thing with focus means not doing something else.This is a common way to get...

To Overcome the Fear of Failure, Fear This Instead

If you do the math, becoming an entrepreneur is insane. The odds of success are tiny; failure is almost guaranteed. To make the leap, you have to be fearless. Or so I thought. I spent the past three years working on a book, Originals, about the people who champion new...

9 Bad Habits You Must Break To Be More Productive

Nothing sabotages your productivity quite like bad habits. They are insidious, creeping up on you slowly until you don’t even notice the damage they’re causing. Bad habits slow you down, decrease your accuracy, make you less creative, and stifle your...

“Why didn’t I crack this earlier?”

Today, business leaders are judged by their success or failure in achieving sustained, profitable growth. Often I meet CEOs – the aggressive go getters – who have expanded their service offerings, ventured into new markets, acquired new clients and hired new teams....

Don’t let life happen to you!

I just felt like giving up. I said that it was not worth it. I need to get a full time job. I can’t let the family down. I need to take care of them. Business had been bad. Money was running low. Customers were not coming in. We seemed to have reached the end of the...

Invest in yourself first

“I have invested about 3 Million and still spending 20,000 every month. I am yet to see revenues coming in” said an entrepreneur who was into dairy farming business. I asked him “In the hindsight, what would you have done differently? He said, “Firstly, I would have...

Mindset of an Entrepreneur

CEOs, business leaders, pastors and specifically participants at my workshops are asked these questions – Questions: What will you do if I gave you INR 200 today? With a specific mandate to invest this amount, where would you invest? By end of one year, how much would...

Growing pains…people challenges

[Continuing with my previous blog post of how a company lost a million dollar businessopportunity…] “I will put in my papers than promise to get you a project manager in just two weeks!” threatened a HR manager. To capitalize on a new business opportunity, this CEO...

Losing a Million – Dollar Project

“We lost a project worth a million dollars just because we did not have the right team in place,” rued the CEO of a 280-employee IT services company.” I had just then finished debriefing him and his team on the existing maturity of their people practices.  One...

Intrapreneurs Drive 10X Growth…

You can never unlock 10X growth in your business without a culture of Intrapreneurship. I was privileged to coach & consult a Billion Dollar Company with about 55,000 employees across65 countries. Many CEOs, Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders I interact with were...

INR 200 To USD 5 Billion

What can you do with INR 200 today? Spend on a medium-sized pizza and coke? Movie tickets? A book? Fuel? Transport? How far can this money go? Where will 200 take you 30 years down the road? I recently read a story in Economic Times, India’s leading Financial daily. A...

10% Growth or 10X Growth?

We were recently discussing strategies to scale our business exponentially. One option was to take our flagship program to a specific target segment. We deliberated a few key questions – How many prospects will we target? At a bare minimum, how many of them will...

Even Smart Leaders Make These Mistakes

Adam Grant (TGLS 2015) gave Summit attendees an insightful look into a workplace that contains givers, takers and matchers. He recently interviewed Suzy and Jack Welch (TGLS 2010) about their new book The Real Life MBA. The interview focused on common leadership...

Do You Use Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Empty-Chair Strategy?

Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos frequently leaves one seat empty at the company's most important meetings. It's there for the most important person in the room - the customer. According to Forbes, Amazon tracks its performance against five hundred measurable goals. And...

The Second-Best Investment a Leader Can Make

Leaders are asked to make investments on a regular basis. We all are chasing infinite opportunities with finite resources. Here’s the kicker: like virtually all investments, the trade-offs are often unclear. If we invest in a new facility, what will the return be...

The Right Thing 101

A few years ago, I published a book called Ethics 101. In it, I proposed that ethics was not a changeable thing, based on your situation or personality or industry. Instead, I explained that I believe that ALL ethics boils down to one thing: The Golden...

The Pinnacle of a Successful Company Is…

Brace yourself for this. It’s not pretty. The pinnacle of a successful company, the quintessential activity that makes success possible, is a CEO’s weekly staff meeting. Yes. A staff meeting. Now, if you’ve read any of my books or essays, you know that I’ve talked...

The 3 Numbers Every Business Owner MUST Know

It doesn’t take long to feel thoroughly inspired when listening to Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC’s The Profit, talk about business. He is a wealth of information and has a proven track record of success to back up every piece of advice he offers. It seems that this...

Integrating Your Succession Plan

Every leader faces the need to turn over responsibilities at some point in his or her career. Yet, in a 2010 survey by the search firm Heidrick & Struggles and the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University revealed that only 54% of boards were...

How Do You Create a Healthy Culture In an Organization?

Did you know that in less than two years a company tripled its revenues and substantially increased their profit by 75% by changing its organization culture? Yes, leaders can achieve record-breaking results by focusing on using organizational culture as a strategic...

How to Determine a WIG

Determining a Wildly Important Goal, a WIG, can be difficult.. Chris McChesney offers coaching on how to figure out your WIG among the many goals at an organization. Chris McChesney is a Wall Street Journal #1 national bestselling author of The 4 Disciplines of...

A Leader’s Primary Responsibility

Simon Sinek discusses the primary responsibility leaders have to build a trusting team. Simon Sinek is fascinated by the people and organizations that make the greatest, lasting impact in their organizations and in the world. Best known for popularizing the concept...

Why Success Leads to Outcome Bias

Rasmus Ankersen explains why successful organizations are susceptible to outcome bias, and he coaches leaders on how to overcome it. Rasmus Ankersen is an expert on performance development and a trusted advisor to businesses and athletes around the world. He is the...

Strategies to Ensure Quality Decisions

John Venhuizen shares his method for making quality decisions.John Venhuizen is the Chief Executive Officer of Ace Hardware, the world’s largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative. Venhuizen joined Ace as a young marketing associate in 1992, and rose through the...

Multiplier Leaders Ask More Questions

Liz Wiseman describes a key practice of Multiplier leaders who successfully empower others. Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. She is the president of The Wiseman Group, a leadership development firm, listed on the...

The Innovation Engine

Dr. Vijay Govindarajan unpacks his innovation equation, describing the most effective way to execute an innovation strategy. Top 50 Management Thinker; Professor at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Ranked #3 on Thinkers 50, an elite list of global business minds...

The Wildly Important Goal

“Ron, I am now working on removing all the distractions to focus on business growth,” said the CEO of a Leading Real Estate Company. Grabbing the coaching moment, I simply asked, “How much time would it take to do exactly that?” 45 days was his quick reply. My next...

Executing An Idea

Vijay Govindarajan, New York Times best selling author and professor of business, talks about innovation and the persistence that execution of an idea requires. Top 50 Management Thinker; Professor at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Ranked #3 on Thinkers 50, an...

Blame Absorbing vs. Blame Shifting

Sheila Heen compares the potential pitfalls for anyone who may shift or absorb blame Sheila Heen (GLS 2015) has spent two decades at the Harvard Negotiation Project, specializing in our most difficult conversations—where disagreements are strong, emotions run high and...

The Mindset Necessary for Managing Change

John Venhuizen explains how he approaches change management. John Venhuizen is the Chief Executive Officer of Ace Hardware, the world’s largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative. Venhuizen joined Ace as a young marketing associate in 1992, and rose through the ranks...

Leadership Shot: Alive at Work – Experimentation

From Daniel Cable’s book, ‘Alive at Work,’ this Leadership Shot teaches how experimentation is a key component to increasing engagement at work. Leadership Shots are front-running, power-packed leadership concepts taken from a new book and delivered through video with...

How to Drive Performance & Engagement

Every single organization is searching for ways to increase performance and engagement—ideally without blowing up the company and starting from scratch. But how can you do it? We know the answer. But it’s easy to overlook, because we expect the solution to such a...

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