Charles W.B. Wardell III

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Charles W.B. Wardell, III is president and CEO of the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer, based in Oak Brook, Illinois.

9 Leadership Principles You Can Believe In

Trust your instincts. How many times have we heard this phrase as advice for leaders? We shouldn't deny the importance of leadership instincts, but at the same time, we also should view them with skepticism. Many of our “instincts” are actually habits that were formed over decades in many different environments.

For a Home Run, Put Your Rookies in the Game

Another year of spring training has begun—and every major league baseball team will have its share of rookies on the roster who need to gain some experience before they can add real value to the team.
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