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For too many executives, strategy is a heavy topic. Either it requires a seemingly infinite time commitment, or it is easily mistaken for an organizational vision or (perhaps worse) a short-term operational plan.
If you’re trying to build a solid strategy, then there are a number of resources you can draw from. So many in fact, that it can get a little confusing.[…] Continue Reading »
We all know what it takes to succeed as a leader: hard work, intelligence, determination, luck. While those may be important, it turns out that they may not even approach the impact of one other key dimension: executive presence.
In a recent study conducted by Sylvia Ann Hewlett and a team of researchers at the Center for Talent Innovation, the senior leaders surveyed listed executive presence — being perceived as leadership material — as the essential factor in determining who gets ahead in an organization.[…] Continue Reading »
We’re told that experience is the best teacher. We’re reassured that we can learn from failure. In recent years, we’ve gone so far as to argue that we need to celebrate failure. Mantras like “fail more” or “fail faster” adorn many office walls where our prized motivational posters used to hang.
There are definitely positive lessons to be learned from failure, but new research suggests that the failure of others might be a better source of learning than our own shortcomings or missteps.[…] Continue Reading »
When we think of the ideal leader, we tend to think of a standard set of traits: extroverted, decisive, intelligent and even tall. Here’s one more we may have to add to the list: guilt prone.
Stanford professor Francis Flynn and his doctoral student Rebecca Schaumberg say that guilt-prone individuals may make better leaders. In their study, they administered personality tests to groups of four or five people.[…] Continue Reading »
It’s a tempting thought: The more we work, the more productive we are. For those in senior leadership, it can be irresistible. The organization needs its senior leaders to lead. The company will not stay afloat without their productivity.
There are only so many hours in a week, and any time spent working cannot be spent somewhere else.[…] Continue Reading »