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Leadership Inspiration for a Hot Day in August

Every leader has her or his own set of leadership quotes to keep handy for jolts of energy and inspiration, and to keep the focus on what is important. We have whole bunches ourselves, and thought you might like a short list to help you get the rest of the year kick-started in the right direction. We lead off with Michael Jordan's mindset about competing, and go from there!

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Great Leadership Quotes for the Holiday Home Stretch

Our Blog Ideas We offer some great inspirational quotes as a holiday present to help you finish off 2012 in style. We especially like the Alexander Pope quote about leaders who forget how much they do not know. Let us know what you think of our selection.

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How Kingsford Charcoal Taught DuPont a Thing or Two about Employee Engagement

Carol Sanford presents a great example of how employee engagement should work with a classic "judge the book by its cover" vignette involving DuPont managers and Kingsford Charcoal workers. We cannot find a better example to support our relentless focus on the Pursuit of Truth as a critical corporate mindset.

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Old United “Speech” Ad Still Resonates Strongly in the Digital Age

I was reminded of this old United Airlines ad a few days ago during a training session, and thanks to YouTube I could quickly find it again. It remains a classic capturing in just 60 seconds, of the core problems with corporate communication mindsets.

How do unproductive mindsets get embedded? Bad habits, mostly:

  • We get too busy to keep in touch at a more personal level.
  • We are impatient to

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Power Breeds Overconfidence in Leaders

We received an excellent article from  Strategy+Business this week. It summarized research that confirms that a leader’s ability to listen is inversely related to the level of power that leader holds. Retaining a mindset that the truth does not rely in one place or person, and keeping true listening skills sharp, can mitigate this fault and keep the leader fully connected, enabling better decision-making. Another reminder that the Pursuit of …

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