The Leadership Challenge


Multitasking Makes Managers Less Thoughtful 

October 10, 2013 | Gretchen Gavett | HBR

You’re sitting at a meeting checking your e-mail on your iPad or your texts on your phone. Or, if you’re like the average college student, your attention is divided at least three ways, among the lecturer, your laptop, and your text ...

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What Is Your Heroic Purpose?

October 3, 2013 | Fabio Malagisi | HCI

What a great and profound question. In fact, I would argue it is the only question for a leader. I first heard this question while watching an interview with John Mackey, co-CEO and founder of Whole Foods, where he discussed his perspective on conscience capitalism, a movement toward businesses doing good to do well. I consider the shift toward conscience capitalism an essential part of the curriculum for any aspiring business leader today. 


Leadership Burnout: A Simple Way to Re-engage 

September 30, 2013 | Janice L. Marturano, Founder and Executive Director | Huffington Post

All too often, we as leaders lose our way. Rather than face into what is most important, we allow ourselves to get pulled into the surrounding chaos or distracted by the 'emergency of the day' while the truly important matters are left ...

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Closing the Leadership Gap 

September 30, 2013 | Stedman Graham | Huffington Post

We are living in times of the greatest opportunity ever experienced in human history. The changes taking place today, and over the next several years, are creating opportunity and access to markets around the world like never before. ...

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Nice Managers Finish Last, Study Finds

September 26, 2013 | TIME

According to a new study from the IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland, the problem stems in mixed perceptions: managers tend to view giving their employees emotional support as going above and beyond their job descriptions. Thus, many ...

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7 Traits of Highly Effective Leaders

September 13, 2013 | Peter Economy | Inc Magazine

A remarkable amount of time, effort, and money has been devoted to the study of leadership. Despite all this research, there is little agreement about exactly what leadership is.
Still, people know effective leadership when they see it. ...

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The 3 T's for Bosses

August 28, 2013 | Wally Bock | HCI

Being a boss has never been easy, but in the last few years it seems to have gotten even harder. Today, we ask our leaders to be a combination of paradoxes: decisive but thoughtful; change managers but status quo protectors; honest but diplomatic. 

BlogWomen's Strength

Ladies, a Job Well Done Isn’t Enough

August 7, 2013 | Lexy Thompson | HCI

Most women are aware that even in today’s “progressive” world, the presence of females in upper management is rather scarce compared to males. Study after study proves that having more women in these key leadership roles makes companies more productive and successful. Some have even concluded that women are better leaders than men. This naturally leaves many asking “Why not?” Why aren’t there more female leaders in leadership roles? Why do women hold only 4.6% of the CEO positions in Fortune 1000 companies?


Can You Overdo People Skills?

August 1, 2013 | HBR

In our work with leaders on overplayed strengths, people sometimes object to the idea that every strength can be taken too far. For instance, an academic journal editor once held up publication of a research article stating flatly that "it ...

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