• The Entrepreneur Who Learned How to Inspire

    As the research revealed, it takes much more than being inspired. The survey revealed up to 33 traits that help leaders in four key areas: “developing inner resources, connecting with others, setting the tone and leading the team.” Probing deeper it was found (among other factors) that inner resources are enhanced by stress tolerance and self-regard; connecting with others by humility and empathy; openness and unselfishness help to set the tone and vision and servanthood help entrepreneurs and executives to better lead.

  • The Leader Who (Finally) Made Friends with Herself

    The Leader Who (Finally) Made Friends with Herself

    “I am not a very good role model,” she said. “I am a poor manager, really and I have not always been a very good mentor. It won’t be long until my people will refuse to listen to me. Frankly Russell, I don’t think I have very much to say. Please don’t tell anyone that I feel this way!”

  • The Thoroughly Rested Entrepreneur

    The Thoroughly Rested Entrepreneur

    My “rested entrepreneur” is neither the kind of person who would like to live on a mountain top, nor is he a recluse. He loves to be around people, and in fact, he loves people. Maybe that is one of his secrets. A life long practitioner of the “hard” martial arts, Tai Chi and meditation, he is a kind and gentle soul who took a natural liking to business. Though it sounds contradictory, he has made his life work because he likes to bring people together, solve problems in a team approach, and to encourage everyone in his organization to trust one another and to work together.

  • Situations are Almost Always Workable

    Situations are Almost Always Workable

    Not long ago I worked with a vice president of operations at an international manufacturer of sporting goods. John’s philosophy of management was to place high expectations on all of the employees in his group. When they faltered, or he perceived them as failing, he got rid of them. They were either transferred or fired. There was no middle ground. His philosophy was simple, direct but very flawed: “When they start to fail, I no longer want to look at them. They’re dead weight.”

  • The Executive Surrounded by Tigers

    The Executive Surrounded by Tigers

    Pressures in the workplace have gotten worse, not better. Clutter is enormous. In addition to what comes at us – in the office alone, we are inundated with the constant flood of digital clutter. Whether our computers, smartphones, iPads or other devices; whether email, social media, texts, or calls, we are under a barrage of communication woes. Our offices, themselves, are not just physical anymore they are also virtual. An executive in Denver might have contractors in Hong Kong, Romania, Australia and Germany. The pressures to keep up and maintain are enormous. We feel chased by those tigers, we feel worried about the tigers who may appear below and even inadequate to handle all of the pressure, the thousands of “mice” who are gnawing away at us.

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