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Why the World’s Best Brands Focus on Hospitality

As leader of the Union Square Hospitality Group and founder of Shake Shack, Danny Meyer is known as one of the world’s top restaurateurs. As I listened to him speak onstage at The Global Leadership Summit, I thought, “Who wouldn’t want to work for this guy?” His...

The Core Desire Of Every Visionary Leader

Hope: A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. At the 2017 Global Leadership Summit, Sam Adeyemi shared about the power of a compelling vision. Adeyemi defines a vision as, “The ability to see people, places and things not as they are, but as...

Look Back to Plan Forward

What did you do to welcome the New Year? Throw a party? Toast at midnight? Spend time reflecting on the past year and creating a plan for making the most of the new one? Researchers have discovered that transitional times (like the new year, or the beginning of a...

3 Strategies for Sustainable Organizational Growth

Getting started is usually the easy part, whether it is a diet, an exercise program or an organization. Continuing in a sustainable way—now that is a different story. I believe that sustained organizational growth is the direct result of intentional development in...

A Life Well-Lived: 3 Steps to Build Your Legacy

Will your legacy be celebrated for WHAT you do or for WHO you are? Will you be remembered for what you accomplished or who you were behind the scenes? Will others celebrate your life for the grand feats you tackled or for who you were when no one was watching? How do...

Which Business Are You Really In?

Successful companies often hesitate to change until it is too late because they forget who they really are. Instead they become obsessed with protecting the physical manifestation of how they make money. This is what happened to the publishing industry. Year after...

4 Disciplines to Execute a Winnable Game

The 4 Disciplines of Execution are designed to create a winnable game. They give you the power to execute your most important goals in the face of competing priorities and distractions. The disciplines are powerful, yet simple. However, they are not simplistic. They...

Can You Go Beyond High Performance?

To remain relevant in the 21st century you will have to reinvent yourself, not just once but repeatedly.  – Yuval Noah Harari Most of what people think about unleashing human performance is wrong.Current management models typically divide employees or volunteers into...

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...

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 stuck....

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...

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...

4 Disciplines to Execute a Winnable Game

The 4 Disciplines of Execution are designed to create a winnable game. They give you the power to execute your most important goals in the face of competing priorities and distractions. The disciplines are powerful, yet simple. However, they are not simplistic. They...

Can You Go Beyond High Performance?

To remain relevant in the 21st century you will have to reinvent yourself, not just once but repeatedly.  – Yuval Noah Harari Most of what people think about unleashing human performance is wrong.Current management models typically divide employees or volunteers into...

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Build Your Legacy… Today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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