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How to Reignite Financial Performance by Empowering Your Employees

You’re halfway through the year and the company’s financial performance is below plan. You need to act! The most common response is to cut costs to improve the bottom line and/or fire or reassign a senior executive to create a sense of urgency. These actions create disruption and distraction at a time when the organization needs to be aligned and focused. There’s another approach.

Brian S. Cohen HR/Employee Strategies , Leadership , Strategy June 26 2014

5 Strategies for Maximizing Your Personal Future

In 1990, University of New Hampshire psychology professor John D. Mayer, along with now Yale president Peter Salovey, wrote the original paper on emotional intelligence. In his newest research, Mayer has introduced a similarly captivating construct—personal intelligence.

Bruce Rosenstein Leadership , Personal Effectiveness June 19 2014

3 Ways to Challenge the Leadership Norm and Achieve Exponential Success

Being able to see beyond what you know and analyze a situation using different angles and viewpoints is essential to achieving exponential success.

Osagie Imasogie Leadership , Personal Effectiveness June 19 2014

4 Elements of Strategically-Aligned Leadership Strategies

To successfully align business and leadership strategies, CEOs must take into account four organizational elements essential for superior performance.

Dr. David Dinwoodie Leadership , Strategy June 12 2014

Lessons in Navigating Global Growth From the Experiences of Former Avon CEO Andrea Jung

One of the most critical challenges today’s companies face is how to successfully navigate global growth. I saw first-hand the complexity of this challenge during my six-year tenure at Avon, where I worked alongside the highly acclaimed CEO Andrea Jung.

Deborrah Himsel Leadership , Strategy May 30 2014

4 Ways Leaders Can Solve and Manage the Toughest Paradoxes

Nearly every business challenge can be classified into two groups—puzzles and paradoxes. While puzzles can be tricky, paradoxes are always complex and multifaceted. Most leaders approach paradoxes as if they were puzzles with little or no success. As a result, they get stuck. Here are four ways to solve and manage your toughest paradoxes.

David Dotlich Leadership , Personal Effectiveness May 30 2014

How to Replicate Alan Mulally’s Corporate Alignment Success

When Alan Mulally took over as CEO of Ford, he knew immediately that he had an alignment problem in the company. Mulally built a strategy called “One Ford” and aligned the massive organization around it. In doing so, he demonstrated a mastery of key leadership actions that both energized workforces and drove sustained results.

Tony Rutigliano Branding , Leadership , Strategy May 16 2014

More Corporations Are Incorporating Open Innovation

Faced with an increasing number of disruptive challenges from new technology, social media, and global competition, U.S. businesses have responded by investing more time and money in innovation. Traditionally, the search for innovative products, services and processes was performed internally behind closed, secure doors. The results of these efforts, however, have been underwhelming.

Coley Brown Innovation , Leadership , Strategy May 7 2014

Executive Presence: The Elusive “X Factor” in Leadership

A significant body of management research has demonstrated that some of the highest risk to business can be attributed to the failure to find the right leaders with the right stuff and put them in the right roles. Part of hiring the right CEO is finding someone with that leadership “X Factor,” a quality that is hard to define, but essential to success. Here’s how you can develop that elusive variable.

Suzanne Bates and David Casullo Leadership May 7 2014

5 Ways to Find Your Low-Hanging Fruit Growth Opportunities

CEOs are often far removed from the thousands of processes carried out every day across the complex organizations they lead, resulting in easy growth opportunities missed. These opportunities can be uncovered using five key capabilities: problem-solving skills, cross-unit collaboration, fast decision making, strong implementation skills and real accountability.

Jeremy Eden and Terri Long Leadership April 18 2014

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