I just finished the design of a training program for the senior leaders of a multi-national company. As my partners and I collaborated with the client’s internal HR team, we had lots of good conversations about what this group of leaders did well and where they needed improvement. One thing...
A common question that often surfaces is whether it is wise to hire family members or friends. Opinions are generally strong concerning this issue, and there seem to be as many on one side of the fence as the other. In many cultures business is largely based on relational lines — many even in the […]
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Are you meant to be an entrepreneur? Do you have what it takes to build a business for yourself? Do you have a great idea that needs to be in the marketplace? 1. Do you love what you do? Are you passionate about getting up in the morning and starting to work on your business? […]
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We all negotiate — all of the time. We negotiate with our employees, with clients, with salespeople, with our children, with car dealers, and on and on. Most of what you read on negotiating skills makes it sound like you have to be a certain type of person to be a good negotiator. But the […]
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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This sentiment expressed by Winston Churchill so long ago is heartily embraced by many Americans today. In fact, nearly 27 percent of adults volunteered 15 billion hours in 2009 to U.S. nonprofits. Of these, many are proven business […]
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Winning your gold

As we watch the amazing feats of athleticism performed by thousands of dedicated Olympic athletes from all over the world, I wonder how many people devote Olympian time, energy, discipline, and focus to their passions, their dreams, or their businesses. What can business leaders learn from Olympic athletes? 1. Get great advice. Listen to smart […]
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By Mary Kelly Corporate managers frequently complain that employees are unfocused, unproductive, and struggle to work cohesively. Employees not actively engaged generally lack interest in the goals of the organization. In economics, we call this the ‘principle-agent problem’ meaning employees look out for their own interests before considering their employer’s interests. Motivating employees and ensuring […]
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Imagine walking into your leadership team meeting wondering whether the same old politics will play out. Would the same people work their own agendas, again? Would the same people be silent and watch it happen? Would everyone just be nice and kind and not honest, and let the meeting pass without ever addressing the elephant, […]
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In the vibrant new democracy of South Africa, Ubuntu is a way of life. With its roots in the Bantu languages of southern Africa, Ubuntu literally means “I am what I am because of who we all are.” This is the essence of true collaboration, where the primary focus of cultural transformation is to move […]
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WELLS FARGO/COLORADO SPRINGS BUSINESS JOURNAL LEADERSHIP FORUM October 27, 2011 Antler’s Hotel Colorado Springs, Colorado Reported by: Connie S. Dyke, RPR, CRR APPEARANCES Moderator: BOB BEVERIDGE, Wells Fargo Bank Panelists: ETIENNE HARDRE, Principal, Next Exit Advisors LISANNE McNEW, Director, Placement and Internships, College of Business, University of Colorado — Colorado Springs JAN MARTIN, President Pro Tem, Colorado Springs City Council MELISSA SCRUGGS, Division Director, Robert...
The Financial Times ranked the Center for Creative Leadership No. 6 among executive education institutions. The North Carolina-based nonprofit has offices in Colorado Springs, San Diego, Brussels,Moscow,  Singapore;,New Delhi and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ranking comes from a worldwide survey about executive education, according to a release from the group. This marks the second year […]
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Some people handle stress better than others. Some brag about their stress levels as a badge of honor. We’ve all seen or heard that person who constantly complains about being “stressed.” They are vocal about feeling overwhelmed and may even use it as an excuse. If every small thing is a source of anxiety, not […]
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