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Are You the Bottleneck?

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Peter Drucker once remarked that, when it came to a company’s overall performance,  the “bottleneck is always at the top of the bottle.”  Does that describe your impact on your company?  In the long run, companies won’t be better than their leadership and that means continual learning.   This article from Entrepreneur magazine

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Jumpstart 2015: Try November Resolutions

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We are less than two months away from New Year’s Day and the resolutions we’ll make (but probably not keep).   If you want to escape this vicious cycle, try starting in November with a 30 day technique that will dramatically enhance your chances of success.  But don’t take my word for it. 

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Speaking of Leadership® – If It Works at Google, Is It Right for Others?

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The management practices of successful companies are often touted as ground breaking. Some like Zappos claim to have abandoned traditional management structures altogether in favor of “holacracy”.   Yahoo at one time allowed large numbers of employees to work from home (although the latest CEO Marissa Mayer quickly put an end

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If You Can’t Wait for Karma, Try This

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella garnered some unwelcome publicity this week when he suggested that women in tech should be patient and  wait for “karma” to bring their salaries in line with those of their male counterparts.  Social media quickly excoriated Nadella for his remarks and he has spent the past few days

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The Innovators: Knowing Where (and WHERE NOT to Play)

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The art of competition requires a sense of where , and where not, to play.  In the music business, it turns out that knowing what to play is equally important.  Case in point: Jethro Tull,  one of the most successful and enduring rock and roll bands in the world led by frontman Ian Anderson for nearly

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Just Do It!

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I can just hear my readers now. Oh, you stole the Nike phrase; you’ll have a problem. Having the ethical values I do, I went to the Nike web site and explored throughout, looking for the phrase “Just Do It” with a copyright. Nope, but I did see a phrase

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“E” Ethics: The Underpinnings of Leadership

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Every time I pick up the business page of a newspaper, I read about another corporate ethical situation, albeit carried over form the heydays of the late 1990s. The latest one is the additional indictment of other individuals associated with Enron. While moving through my alphabet of topics, I couldn’t

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“E” Enjoy Life Today

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Many business leaders indicate that their success is based upon their ability to focus “in the moment.” Recently, I have been interviewing business leaders in the Boston area for an article that I am writing and to learn from their experiences. To a person, they have all communicated that a

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“D” Don’t Give Up

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How often are we in the middle of a struggle, trying to get an undertaking or objective achieved, when we just want to give up. “There is no way I can accomplish this,” we say to ourselves. “I’m just not going to be successful.” Whether you are a sales professional

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“C” Consider Things From Every Angle

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Have you ever heard the phrase “Ready, Fire, Aim?” Oops, “I meant Ready, Aim, Fire.” Unfortunately, in business and in our personal lives, it is the former that drives our behavior. We speak and act before we think about what we really want to do or say. Successful leaders need

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