Book Review

Mastering Leadership – A Roadmap for Personal Transformation

December 1, 2015

Few would argue that “leadership effectiveness” is one of the most important elements of business success. Yet, how many leaders in their organizations make their own leadership development a top priority? Even fewer set out to make a monumental personal transformation along the way. Yet that just what’s needed in today’s complex work world: leaders […]

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5 Ways to be a Leader – and Only One Requires a Title

September 24, 2015

  Everyone has the capacity to lead. Not everyone agrees with this statement. In fact, it’s a hotly contested debate on many leadership blogs. I believe it. I believed it when I helped co-author The Character-Based Leader in 2012. And I believe it more with each passing day, especially as I coach my kids in […]

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Blueprints for Nine Essential Business Meetings

August 10, 2015

Let’s just put it right out there: pretty much everybody loves to hate business meetings. I’m on the record in support of meetings if they’re held for the right reasons and are run effectively. So, count me in the minority of people who think (some) meetings are OK. The problem is, we humans can muck […]

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52 Messages for Becoming a Disciplined Leader

June 15, 2015

As a leader, are you committed to “relentless self-control and positive work habits?” In the book The Disciplined Leader, author John Manning makes the case for discipline, writing that effective leaders employ “consistent application of certain mindsets and actions that are vital for [their] success.” Yet, as Manning found when he began conducting research for […]

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The One Minute Manager – A New Leader’s Story

May 7, 2015

In 1984, as a college senior, I was employed by my university as an Assistant Residence Hall Director (AD). It was the first job in which I had a staff that (dotted line) reported to me. During the day, everyone answered to the full time Residence Hall Director. On the evenings and weekends, I rotated […]

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A New Book for a New Generation: The New One Minute Manager®

May 4, 2015

Note from Jennifer: I’m honored to host this guest post from Ken Blanchard, business consultant and international best-selling author. Ken and his co-author Spencer Johnson have updated their classic management book “The One Minute Manager.” Here is Ken’s outline of the new book and why it’s as relevant as ever. Guest Post by Ken Blanchard On […]

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16 Stories to Energize Your Leadership

April 21, 2015

Feeling burned out as a leader? It’s a common feeling: work life is hectic and leaders feel especially “squeezed.”  This constant pressure can suck every last bit of energy from you and the people you lead, with unfortunate results. As Chris Edmonds, author of The Culture Engine, writes in the foreword of the recently released […]

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Women and the Politics of Promotion

March 23, 2015

Research indicates that ambitious women are in a double bind—if they’re too aggressive, then they’re seen as threatening; if they’re too accommodating, they’re not seen as senior leadership material. Even though this bind is easing as more women assume top leadership roles, it’s still evident in many organizations, particularly those that are traditionally led by […]

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Leaders Who Serve Others Drive Superior Results

March 16, 2015

  As a leader, how well have you served others? Serving others requires you to be daring, but not in the ways you might imagine. You probably won’t need to bungee jump off a bridge, or engage in some sort of epic battle. But you will need the courage step out of the spotlight, admit […]

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Being Neighborly Builds Trust – #Sprinkles by @ChipRBell

February 10, 2015

Service that delights, surprises, and amazes—it’s what we crave as customers. And, we are all customers.  We’re service providers, too. Whether it’s as an office professional, an entrepreneur, a restaurant manager, a volunteer, a manager, a parent—there is always the opportunity to serve. But “service with a smile” isn’t a given; companies invest millions each […]

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