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Life Habits: Finding Balance

Danny Meyer describes one life habit that has made him a better leader. Danny Meyer is CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and the founder of Shake Shack. Highly acclaimed for some of New York’s most beloved restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern, and more, in 2015...

10 Things Great Bosses Do Every Day

We’ve all heard the adage, “People don’t leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses.” It makes great fodder for after-work gripe sessions, but is there really any data to back the claim up? As it turns out, there’s a ton. In one study, 61 percent of those working for bad...

Tips: Simplifying Complex Ideas

Simon Sinek shares the secret for making complex ideas accessible and spreadable. 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 “start...

Make Mistakes—But Live & Lead with No Regrets

I labored over the letter for about a week. I tweaked the words and added sentences. It needed to say some important things. I wanted to get it right and it needed to be understood properly. Finally, it was done! I knew the letter said all I needed to say. And I knew...

Set Your Highest Priorities

Bishop T.D. Jakes coaches you to set priorities based on the unique contribution you alone can bring. Bishop T.D. Jakes is a visionary, provocative thinker and entrepreneur who serves as senior pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organization and...

Anticipatory Leadership

Craig Groeschel challenges leaders with practical ways to anticipate future threats and opportunities. Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life.Church—an innovative, pacesetting church meeting around the United States in multiple locations and...

4 Dysfunctional Myths of Leadership Passion

As I write this article, I am on vacation with my family. I needed to get away…we needed to get away. What we discovered was that we were trying to do life on an empty passion bucket. Our family was just going through the motions every day and we were living for the...

Tips: Team Building and Technology

Simon Sinek explains why human interaction is essential to building a healthy 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 “start...

How to Develop Leaders

Heidi Brandow outlines her approach to leadership development. Heidi Brandow Head of Global Learning & Talent Development Tesla, Inc. Heidi Brandow serves as the Head of Global Learning & Talent Development for Tesla, Inc. She began her career as an...

Complexities of Cultural Differences

Erin Meyer teaches leaders how to identify their own style of feedback and conduct culturally sensitive feedback conversations. Erin Meyer Professor; Author and Consultant Erin Meyer is a professor at INSEAD in France, one of the world’s leading business schools. Her...

This One Phrase Can Help You Win Any Argument

Voss is the founder and CEO of strategy consultancy Black Swan Group, and prior to working in the private sector, he was the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the lead crisis negotiator for the New York City Division of...

Just Get It Done: The Mirage of Perfection

When my oldest daughter was 3 years old, we went to the store to buy a toy. In my mind, this event would take about 3-5 minutes. However, 20 minutes later, I watched her go back and forth from among 3 shelves (not even 3 aisles), trying to pick the perfect toy. She...

Moving Toward a Bigger Vision

About the Speaker   Erwin McManus Author, Futurist, Founder Mosaic, Los Angeles   Erwin McManus is known for its innovation, creativity, diversity and social entrepreneurism. A thought-provoking communicator, McManus has spoken to more than a million people...

Creative Leadership in a Rapidly Changing World

About the Speaker Fredrik Härén Business Creativity Expert; Author    Fredrik Härén is a business creativity expert who has authored nine books, including The Idea Book—credited as one of “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time.” He is a global speaker who has...

Speeding or Stuck? 4 Ways to Get In Gear

Leaders move stuff ahead. They leverage their influence with those they lead and on the teams they serve. But leaders can all too often find themselves either moving at warp speed in isolation or with a failure to launch, weighed down with endless adjustments and...

How to Pitch an Idea like Mark Cuban and Reid Hoffman

Sometime this year, you pitched a new idea to someone. If you’re an entrepreneur, you probably tried to convince an investor to fund your startup. If you’re an employee, you might have asked your boss to support improved working conditions or better parental leave...

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...

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...

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...

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 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 to become Executive Vice President and ultimately President...

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...

Eliminate Defects

Eliminate Defects

Horst Schulze discusses the difference between efficiency and cost-cutting in a successful business. Horst Schulze Chairman & CEO - Capella Hotel Group As CEO of Capella Hotel Group, Horst Schulze inspires client loyalty by raising the bar for customer service....

Leadership Shouldn’t be a Grind

Leadership Shouldn’t be a Grind

I really enjoy golfing, though I’m not very good at it. But even if I were a fantastic golfer, I wouldn’t want to do it professionally. Most of my friends think I’m crazy. “How could you not want to get paid lots of money to play golf on beautiful courses around the...

Practices to Increase Innovation

Practices to Increase Innovation

Jason Jaggard describes two practices that he uses to help leaders increase their capacity for innovation. Jason Jaggard is an internationally sought-after coach, speaker and author. He is the CEO of Novus Global, an elite executive coaching firm helping leaders and...

Life Habits: Take Time for Yourself

Life Habits: Take Time for Yourself

Simon Sinek describes one life habit that has made him a better leader. 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 “start with why,”...

Three Questions Every Follower Asks

Three Questions Every Follower Asks

John Maxwell shares three important questions every follower asks of their leader.. John C. Maxwell, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association and the world’s most...

Life Habits: An Outside Perspective

Life Habits: An Outside Perspective

Rasmus Ankersen describes one life habit that has made him a better leader.Best-selling Author; Entrepreneur Rasmus Ankersen is an expert on performance development and a trusted advisor to businesses and athletes around the world. He is the chairman of FC...

5 Diseases That Kill Teamwork

5 Diseases That Kill Teamwork

Don’t you just love teamwork? I mean, it really is a great thing. More can be accomplished. Greater heights can be reached. Bigger goals can be achieved. “Teamwork really does make the dream work.” When the team is healthy. But, when the team is unhealthy, it can kill...

How Important is Being Consistently Right to a Leader?

How Important is Being Consistently Right to a Leader?

Patrick Lencioni differentiates between leaders who focus on having right answers and those who lead with authenticity and the impact of each. Patrick Lencioni Best-selling Author; Founder and President The Table Group,Inc. Patrick Lencioni is the author of eleven...

3 Essentials to Manage Your Own Performance

3 Essentials to Manage Your Own Performance

It’s time for performance reviews. And, if we’re honest, the internal dialogue in our heads goes something like this: “The system is broken. The ratings are either forced or all fives. Reviews require a whole bunch of time we don’t have, and stress and anxiety we...

Life Habits: Journaling

Life Habits: Journaling

David Livermore describes one life habit that has made him a better leader. David Livermore is a social scientist in global leadership and cultural intelligence—the capability to relate effectively across culturally diverse situations which transcend ethnic,...

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