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10,000 Hours and Now an Expert

Becoming an expert is difficult to do. Conventional wisdom, initially discovered by Anders Ericsson, says it takes 10,000 hours of study to be an authority in a particular topic. For 18 years, I taught leadership at a superb graduate school in Boston – Brandeis University, located in Waltham, Massachusetts. If

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Storytelling and Story Tellers: Every Leader’s Responsibility

The power of storytelling for leaders has been featured in this space in the past, but many CEOs and C-Level executives aren’t sure how to become a good storyteller. The good news is that it just takes a desire to do so, a little practice and following the tips in this recent Forbes

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The Other Side of Clarity – Warren Bennis

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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Amazon’s Real End Game

If you are at all familiar with the history of business you know Rockefeller’s  Standard Oil, Carnegie Steel, Ford, and JP Morgan’s banking empire changed forever the business landscape and created in large measure the world we know today.  No doubt Amazon will be included in this commercial pantheon when

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A Long Drive With Jim Collins: Keeping the Flywheel in Motion

The pre-eminent business writer still wielding the pen is Jim Collins.  But if you’re a better listener than a reader, and if you have a long drive or a plane flight coming up, check out this 2.5-hour audio interview with Jim Collins on the Farnam Street Website.  This is an enjoyable and

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RIP Clayton Christensen

“In your life, there are going to be constant demands for your time and attention. How are you going to decide which of those demands gets resources? The trap many people fall into is to allocate their time to whoever screams loudest, and their talent to whatever offers them the

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As a Leader, Who Do I Manage First?

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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Today’s Investments Signal Tomorrow’s Winners and Losers

If you want to know what may happen tomorrow, watch what leaders invest in today. Specifically, careful consideration of the M&A market will shed light on what trends C-Level execs believe will yield the greatest opportunities in the years ahead.  “Business deals are both a lagging and a leading indicator

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The Silent Generation, Baby Boomers Gen X, Gen Y and Gen Z

Many executives who have been focused on managing Millennials would do well to remember that the next generational cohort is already bearing down on them.  There are now five generations in the workplace:   The Silent (World War II) generation, Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y and now  Generation Z (born

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Business Value:

Many companies are currently engaged in year-end planning and too many plans are not much more than “how can we do more next year?” This can happen when companies are enjoying success and assume, without much reflection or analysis as to why.   As we often say at #Vistage meetings,   “the

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