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3 Steps to Become a More Decisive and Respected Leader

As the leader of a company – regardless of the size – you’re always communicating. Sometimes that may be to an internal audience in front of your entire team or in a one-on-one meeting. Or, it might be externally to … Continue reading

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The Art of Giving Negative Feedback: Part 2 – Build a ‘Feedback Process’

If you’ve set the right context within your team – established objectives, focused on professional development and clarified expectations – the next step is to make feedback part of your company DNA and build a ‘feedback process’. For me, having … Continue reading

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The Art of Giving Negative Feedback: Part 1 – Set the Right Context

Learning to give negative feedback not only constructively, but gracefully, is one of the toughest and most important lessons of being an effective entrepreneur or business professional because it’s one of the skills that elevates you from being a manager … Continue reading

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Sleepless in Business: Tips for Managing Stress and Catching ZZZs

It’s to no one’s surprise that sleepless nights and stress go hand in hand with running a business, starting a company or working to advance your career. There is always something to worry about – an important sales meeting or … Continue reading

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Simple Rule: Don’t Give Negative Feedback in Email (or Via Text)

In my 15 years of being a CEO, there is one simple rule I follow: Never send negative feedback via email. That includes chat or text message and essentially anything electronic. Particularly for those of you in the workforce under … Continue reading

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Curate Your Company Culture – How to Build an Apolitical Company Environment

Politics and drama are often seen as unavoidable fixtures in business and corporate life. Is it possible to create a culture that spits out drama and minimizes the politics? I know a lot of accomplished business people who take a … Continue reading

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“No one ever got very smart from talking”

“No one ever got too smart from listening” – Mike Herning

As Mike Herning, Chairman of my company and my mentor often says you can never get too smart by shutting your mouth and listening. It’s something I always have to remind myself. As a case in point, I switched the channel to The Apprentice the other day as I do from time to time. I’m always struck by how the above quote applies. There’s always the same lesson to be learned: If you are called into the boardroom (perhaps any boardroom), it is best to keep quiet and speak when spoken to. No good can come of popping off. Speak when spoken to and learn from listening.

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Management Training from ‘The Corner Office’ Courtesy of the NY Times

I’m always interested in refining my leadership and management skills. It’s easy to forget the basics or become set in your ways. Each Sunday the New York Times publishes a column titled the Corner Office by Adam Bryant – http://projects.nytimes.com/corner-officeContinue reading

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