About the author: John Baldoni | SmartBlogs

John Baldoni John Baldoni is chair of leadership development at N2Growth, is an internationally recognized leadership educator and executive coach. In 2014, Trust Across America named him to its list of top 100 most trustworthy business experts. Also in 2014, Inc.com named John to its list of top 100 leadership experts, and Global Gurus ranked John No. 11 on its list of global leadership experts. John is the author of more than a dozen books, including his newest, “MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership.”

I’m a big fan of old movies, and I especially like the dramas that focus on men and women who beat the odds. We say those characters have moxie.

Moxie sums up the guts and gumption a leader needs to succeed when times are tough and the circumstances are daunting.

Leaders with moxie are do-ers, enablers and achievers.[…] Continue Reading »

This post is excerpted with permission from “MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership,” by John Baldoni (Bibliomotion, 2014). Baldoni is a regular contributor to SmartBlog on Leadership, chair of leadership development at N2Growth, and an internationally recognized leadership educator and executive coach. In 2014, Trust Across America named him to its list of top 100 most trustworthy business experts.[…] Continue Reading »

Beware of bright shiny objects!

That could be a lesson contained in J.R.R. Tolkein’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy when we see characters who find themselves in difficulty because they have strayed from their moral center.

Today, the term “bright shiny objects” is used in reference to organizations that cannot formulate a strategy, or if they do develop one, they fail to adhere to it.[…] Continue Reading »

Judgment, writes Schumpeter, the business columnist for The Economist, “is too often missing from leadership studies.” The reason is that it is a topic too hard to quantify with metrics but as the Schumpeter column notes, “[J]udgment is what matters most.”

The problem is that too much reliance on the facts can lead one up a blind alley, especially when the assumptions that generate the facts are faulty.[…] Continue Reading »

Leaders should show a sense of vulnerability.

This is advice I have given to many senior leaders because it shows a sense of humanity and openness, even transparency. It brings people to them because it shows that the senior leader does not have all the answers.

But does this advice apply to those in middle management and below?[…] Continue Reading »