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This post is an excerpt from “Your Leadership Story: Use Your Story to Energize, Inspire, and Motivate,” by Tim Tobin. Tobin is vice president, global learning and leadership development, at Marriott International. He is responsible for leadership development strategy, programs, curriculum and activities. His previous work includes Baker Tilly (formerly Beers + Cutler) and Booz Allen Hamilton.[…] Continue Reading »

Leaders place great emphasis on productivity, teamwork, focus and other catch-words to improve company efforts. In our race to get ahead, we may be losing track of one thing that unifies our thinking, our actions, and our interpersonal relationships.

Wisdom is a concept well worth bringing to light as we strive to succeed in business.[…] Continue Reading »

When you’re just getting started as an entrepreneur, you’re expected to wear a lot of hats. You’re a programmer and a designer. A financial planner and an accountant. A CEO, CMO, CFO … and everything in between.

The problem is, too many entrepreneurs — women in particular — never shed those hats. In fact, the majority of women-owned businesses are solopreneurs.[…] Continue Reading »

Every leader had to start somewhere. That’s true about the shift supervisor on the shop floor and the head of a multinational corporation. Rarely is a great leader just born; no one walks into the workplace with all of the skills required to manage a team, inspire people and help grow a business.

Unfortunately, many leaders fail to develop past the point of mere competence.[…] Continue Reading »

As leaders, we are taught to reflect, learn, and act. In other words, we have a bias for action, so our thoughts often flow in one of two directions:

  • Forward: What can we do differently that will more effectively motivate others, achieve goals, reduce costs, and increase earnings.
  • Backward: Quickly review the results of the last action, learn from our mistakes, and refocus on tomorrow.
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