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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.”

Leaders must be the type who look at the glass as half-full versus half-empty. Why?

People need to be inspired, and they will only feel inspired if their leader is positively disposed — and joyful.

A leader inclined to be positive is one who looks at challenges as opportunities. A leader inclined to pessimism is one who sees challenges as roadblocks.[…] Continue Reading »

Imagination often arises from an ability to stop thinking literally. Management by contrast is a literal process. At the same time, good managers sometimes let thinks fly in order to create something new.

Creativity then is based on substance which in turn becomes transformed by the energy that an artist, scientist or entrepreneur expends in producing something new and something different.[…] Continue Reading »

How often do you think about mistakes you make in your job?

As an exercise, it may be worthwhile taking the time to itemize a top five list of mistakes you have made in your career. By focusing on what you did wrong, you will realize your limits, and you likely will also realize something else — your ability to recover from those mistakes![…] Continue Reading »

Before you can add, you must subtract.

A senior executive with whom I once worked asked members of the organization to become more entrepreneurial. At the same time, he was fully cognizant of the workload his people had so he wanted to make certain they had the time, as well as the energy, to think and do differently.[…] Continue Reading »

When a leader demonstrates he is open to new ideas, he makes it known that he values others.

One executive I know in health care makes it a practice to keep her door open to anyone in the company. That sets the tone for other executives in the organization.

We all want to be respected by others, but how often do we show respect to others, in particular those who report to us?[…] Continue Reading »