Category: Confidence

The Other Side of Clarity – Warren Bennis

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One of the greatest management writers, Warren Bennis, once remarked that “leaders bring clarity.”   Perhaps one of the most important ways this happens is identifying what a company stands for (values) and how it’s going to make money (strategy).  The problem is that everyone in the organization may bring their own interpretation

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As a Leader, Who Do I Manage First?

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CEOs are urged to lead by example.  There are several ways to do this; perhaps the most important is for CEOs to manage themselves.  This article from Forbes offers a checklist to assess if you’re managing yourself well (and offers the example of Dallas Cowboys leadership as an example). Evaluate yourself

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The Economic Lookout – Where We Are Headed

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It’s Not 2008  (Yet): More market turbulence and some weakening economic indicators are causing many to assume a recession is around the corner.  Economist Brian Wesbury thinks otherwise and revisits some earlier downturns for some perspective which leads him to conclude it’s “This Is Not 2008”. Omens and Portents: Various metrics such as the yield

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A Great American – Herb Meyer – RIP

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A Great American, RIP Vistage, the international peer group organization for CEOs and KEY executives is truly fortunate to have hundreds of subject matter experts who bring expertise and wisdom to its C-Level Members.  One of the most prominent was Vistage Speaker Herb Meyer who passed away recently from injuries suffered

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Week of April 22, 2019

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“To build the next generation of companies, we must abandon the dogmas created after the crash. That doesn’t mean the opposite ideas are automatically true: you can’t escape the madness of crowds by dogmatically rejecting them. “Instead ask yourself: how much of what you know about business is shaped by

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Econ Recon

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Correction or Recession?: It’s been a while since Brian Wesbury sat down in front of a camera for one of his video chats about the markets and the economy.  If you have five minutes and sufficient interest, check out his recent Wesbury 1010 video in which he explains why sees the current turmoil

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“70 over 70”

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Many aging boomers are looking forward to retirement so they can, “ check out”.   Not Paul Tasner.  A few days before Christmas in 2007 at the age of 64, Mr. Tasner was called into a meeting and fired as director of operations for a company where he had worked for

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IQ, EQ and AQ

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For decades, the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) was the metric most focused upon in assessing one’s chances for success. In the 1990’s,  the Emotional Intelligence quotient (EQ) took on increasing importance as a predictor of career success. Now comes “AQ”.  A short Wired Magazine article provides a good overview of how AQ along

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The After 40 Effect

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The importance of emotional intelligence has been documented for years.   However, there are some very important traits that, while required for success, don’t have a visible effect on one’s career until later in life. This short HBR blog post outlines research that identifies the three personality traits that SIGNFICANTLY affect lifetime earnings,

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The Leadership Journey: How to Communicate so People Will Listen

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I have been hanging around the leadership arena for many years, and I can’t tell you how many mistakes I have made along the way with my communications. Why is this so? I know what to do, but my mind races ahead. I recognize I have the words to say

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