Leadership: Pragmatic & Proactive
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    How Can You Gain Credibility?

    Without credibility, you can forget about building a company, improving it, or leading it to greatness. You need credibility to create changer. In my latest Inc. column I discuss four ways in which you can build credibility.

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    This weekend CNN contributor Ronald Martin has written an excellent article about Pope XVI’s resignation.
    He writes, “It takes considerable courage for anyone to step away from the power bestowed upon them by a position, as well as the trappings that come with it.”
    For Martin, Pope XVI’s resignation was more about courage than anything else. The courage to know when enough was enough and turn away from the power of ones position.
    Today’s leaders need to learn …

  • Mountain Road B/W

    Your high-potential employees aren’t going to take over the world on their own. Here’s how you can help them help you.
    In an earlier column I wrote about traits shared by high-potential employees.  Now that you can identify who they are, how to do you get the most out of them? One way to move from high potential to high performance is with a leadership training program–one that’s uniquely suited to the entrepreneurial environment, and to …

  • Teaching students

    Inc. Article: Gen-Y Employees: How to Motivate Them

    Do you have a retention strategy for your young, talented people? Does it boil down to, “Pay them more and they will stay”?
    If so, you’re in trouble. On its own, money is rarely enough to keep employees on board and engaged. That’s especially true of younger talent, which is likely to come from Generation Y.
    Read the rest of my post “Gen-Y Employees: How to Motivate Them” at Inc.

  • Marissa Mayer

    Yahoo takes the Lead

    In an industry-defining moment, Marissa Mayer taking on the position as Yahoo’s new CEO marks the youngest CEO to head a Fortune 500 Company, and the first woman to take on the role while expecting.
    More than anything, it is the symbolic aspect of this event that makes the story so compelling. Only 37 years old, Mayer has already proven that she has the credentials for the post. Since joining Google in 1994, she has been …

  • Studying Map

    Inc. Article: The 5 Traits of High-Potential Employees

    As your company grows too big for you to do everything–the way you do now–you’re going to give over some of the leadership. (Relax. This is a good thing!) For reasons of staff morale, economy, and your own precious peace of mind, it’s better to find your new generation of leaders inside the company. But there’s a rub. Not every longtime loyal employee is really suited to be a leader.
    Read …

  • Cornell crew team

    “My team did this.”
    “My team accomplished that.”
    Today, the team perspective is dominant. Not too long ago, the point of reference was usually the organization–“We at GE,” or “We at Monsanto.”  Today teams instead have become the social, economic, and psychological fulcrum of organizational life. Therefore, at all levels of the company–from the “c”-suite to the shop floor–how leaders engage a team is essential to success.
    Read the rest of “Leading Teams: …

  • sheryl-sandberg

    In recent years, the name Sheryl Sandberg has appeared frequently on lists such as: “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune, “50 Women to Watch” by The Wall Street Journal, “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes, and “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time.
    A former graduate of Harvard Business School and current Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Inc., Ms. Sandberg is a prominent face representing women in leadership. She has …

  • Up and down arrows

    Leadership is about pushing new ideas; it is about mobilizing and motivating people and getting them to act as a collective team. It’s about projecting commitment and expressing enthusiasm to get things done.
    But sometimes a funny thing happens along the way.
    A leader pauses and says, like the late, great Gilda Radner’s character Emily Litella, “Never mind.”
    Read the rest of “How to Change Your Mind Without Being a Flip-Flopper” on Inc.

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