Leadership and the Yellow Brick Road

I've often heard by those who take on new roles of leadership that they feel like they don't know what they're doing. There is, of course, the reality that this was caused by faulty promotional procedures. But let's assume for argument's sake that the placement is warranted. What leads to such feelings of uncertainty? Truthfully, it's because leadership is complicated…

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#WomenWhoLead: Wangari Maathai

Leaders are humans, and as such, anyone who classifies themselves as a human can be a leader. There is an ignorant thought out there that somehow a manager must be a man. In my studies of leadership theories, leadership psychology, and effective leaders (past and present), I haven't come across a single attribute that contributes to how amazing a leader…

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Relax Your Problem [INFOGRAPHIC]

When we face difficult and complex problems, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Using the concept of relaxation, we can solve problems with more optimal solutions by imagining the most optimal solution.     References Christian, Brian, and Tom Griffiths. Algorithms to live by: What computers can teach us about solving human problems. New York, Henry Holt and Company, 2016.

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Motivating Employees

Each employee starts off a job in a different place, given their work and education history (or lack thereof). Coming into a new position that offers a monetary bonus program, important decision-making abilities and company idea collaboration will extrinsically and intrinsically motivate an employee, especially if they were not offered those outcomes at previous jobs. Further, if an employee accelerated…

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See Through Adversity: Perseverance, Productivity, and Perspective Help You Hit Life’s Curveballs

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In his book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, Mark Cuban tells a story of when he was building his software company. Everything seemed to be going along fantastically, until someone threw a curveball into his life. His secretary emptied the business' bank account, stripping Cuban and his business partner of $83,000. This didn't even happen to me…

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