How To Navigate Your Team With A Moral Compass

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On a daily basis, and with increasing frequency, we witness those in business commit ethically questionable offenses. As the stories inevitably unfold, these poor judgment calls were not “honest mistakes” but rather thought-out and intentional business decisions. How and why does this happen? Is it possible that some leaders have gaps between their personal values […]

4 Tips To Help Leaders Attack Overcommunication

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The best leaders know that being engaged in their company’s day-to-day activities is vital to its success. Recognizing the need to being “in the know,” we have all begun utilizing a plethora of communication tools. Email, texting, phone calls, video chats, and project software such as Basecamp and Slack all help us stay aware and […]

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How The Best Leaders Handle Failure

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Throughout my years of working alongside many companies’ leaders and employees, I’ve come to realize that the concept of failure is often looked at in a very non-constructive way. Perhaps it’s because many professionals automatically revert to the “blame game” and pick one employee or department as the sole cause of the particular problem or […]

Start A Meeting Revolution In 2017!

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Is there anyone out there who hopes there will be more meetings in 2017 than there were in 2016? I didn’t think so. While a new year should be exciting for your business, it might just mean another twelve months of relentless and mostly meaningless, unproductive meetings. If this sounds like your company, I’ve got […]

The Post-It Story

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John Wilton, UC Berkeley’s Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance: When I first moved to Berkeley I found many of the administrative functions were siloed, just like systems had been at the World Bank. There were not tremendous synergies across units. Both organizations have a matrix structure, almost by necessity. In the Bank you would […]

The Lexmark Story

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Don Gogel, CEO of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice:  “In 1991, CD&R acquired the impact and laser printer business from IBM, which was starting a period of restructuring under then-CEO, John Akers. IBM’s vaunted and well-deserved reputation was established through its extraordinary mainframe technology. IBM product development teams operated with great discipline. For example, because the […]

The Key Lime Pie story

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Andrew Florance, CEO of CoStar: “One of the companies we acquired was holding one of their annual events–a conference for their biggest customers which included a very nice dinner. In the middle of this dinner, the person responsible for running the conference came up to me and, looking frantic, informed me there was an emergency. […]

 

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