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Active Listening: A Dire Need in a Polarized America

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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EXPERIENCE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, ACADEMIA AND NOT FOR PROFIT WORLD In decades of experience with leaders in companies, universities and hospitals, nothing beats active listening for great problem-solving, consensus building and choices which deserve and get buy-in by the most people. What is active listening? Asking questions and really listening so well that you […]

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HOBSON’S CHOICE: CHANGE FOR CHANGE SAKE

Saturday, November 5, 2016

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Background In our last post (Narcissists, Psychopaths and Other CEOs), we reviewed lessons from Professor Adrian Furnham on CEOs on the under-weighting of knowable negative factors to desired strengths in vetting CEOs. These negative traits often lead leaders to de-rail. Lessons from My Own World One of my clients is U.S. leader for a parent […]

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Coalition of the Willing for America

Monday, July 11, 2016

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CACAPHONY OF VOICES WITHOUT LISTENING We are a highly divided nation in an era of highly divided other nations. And, as a leadership expert, my view is that those in the public eye are feeding the frenzy, failing to lead us all, failing to inspire us all and so much is at stake for us […]

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Bad Advice to Leaders (New York Times article)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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SELF-DOUBT OF leaders has been among the top issues in my career as a coach to CEOs. One of the key learnings from interviewing three dozen CEOs in 2007 was the extent to which they worked on overcoming self-doubt and how they did it. In fact, I wrote a book about it: what made jack […]

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What Made jack welch JACK WELCH

How Ordinary People Become
Extraordinary Leaders

by Stephen H. Baum (Random House)

Most leaders of American companies started out as ordinary people. What prepared them for the top job?

Countless more ordinary people of equal talent never developed the leadership core required to run the show. Why not?

"Lessons for life about the core leadership traits of character, risk taking decisiveness and the ability to engage and inspire followers."
--Jim Clifton, CEO, The Gallup Organization

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