Seven leadership principles for leading in challenging times. By Retired Brig. Gen. Becky Halstead Founder of STEADFAST Leadership, LLC Today’s business environment is similar to a battlefield. In order to lead through volatile conditions, business leaders must adopt key principles that will guide them through the process of change in order to help themselves, their workforce and the company grow stronger […]
By Barry Banther Leadership isn’t just something you do, it’s someone you become. But that requires a personal transformation, not just a personal agenda. Roger hadn’t learned that lesson. During an interview for a new leadership position, the hiring manager asked why he switched jobs, and sometimes companies, every 3-5 years. Roger blamed the employees […]
People who want to learn to lead shouldn’t necessarily read leadership and management books, writes Andrew Waitman. Many self-appointed business gurus learned the wrong lessons from successes and failures, meaning their advice is either worthless or harmful. “You can modestly improve your odds by learning to avoid obvious mistakes; but you can also become confused […]
Despite their concerns about the current economic environment, the majority of Hispanic small business owners (64 percent) are optimistic about their business in the year ahead, compared with general market business owners (40 percent), according to a new survey just released by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®. The survey, which served as a barometer […]
State your long-range goals and the milestones you will have to pass to achieve them. Then make a timetable for accomplishing specific short-term business objectives that will enable you to reach your larger goal. As an example, your long-range goal may be “to be the largest manufacturer of computer furniture in the Northeast.” First you […]
According to Smoothie King CEO Wan Kim, it is important for entrepreneurs to learn from their mistakes and to believe in the work of their organizations. “You have to stick with one direction and keep looking ahead. It will be a lot easier to stay in one direction if you truly believe what you do,” […]
If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours. – Ray Kroc. He joined McDonald’s in 1954 and built it into one of the world’s most successful brands.
Why Work Doesn’t Happen At Work Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. In his talk, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work.
Memorable Presentations Require You To T.H.I.N.K. By Kevin E. O’Connor, CSP Too many presenters say things like: “I know you can’t read this but…” “This is pretty dull stuff so I’ll try to get through it quickly.” “You may be bored by my presentation today but it is really important.” “Let me tell you a […]
The Power of Introverts In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. Our world prizes extroverts […]
Giving Up The Driver’s Seat Over the years, research has shown a counterintuitive fact about human nature: That sometimes, having too much choice makes us less happy. This may even be true when it comes to medical treatment. Baba Shiv shares a fascinating study that measures why choice opens the door to doubt, and suggests […]
By Moe Glenner Once again, a technology-based company has exposed to the world their classic misunderstanding of change. In Instagram’s case, the failure was two-fold: a failure in planning and an even bigger failure to communicate. In late 2012, Instagram tried to generate revenue by sharing its users’ photos. (The new policy has since been […]