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12 Keys to Building a Leadership University

Build Leadership From Within 12 Key Points to Building an Internal Leadership University Companies hoping to retain millennial talent and build future leaders favor an internal leadership university concept. A client asked about the 'gotchas' involved in building a...

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Career Advice From a Successful CEO

I have a pretty cool job. I get to interview people with amazing careers, including CEOs and other top leaders from great companies. I’m pretty picky who I interview, so all of the experiences are amazing. In this post I share a nice simple tool one successful CEO used to chart his course to the top.

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Ethics Skeptics

ARE LEADERS ETHICAL? I teach an ethics and social responsibility course at a University. I poll my students on various topics. The other day I ran this simple poll on 40 students: "Most leaders I know are ethical." The majority of students gave a mixed response -...

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Return on Character in Practice

What happens when you bring a veteran leader into the classroom to teach students who are thirsty for knowledge of what it’s like in the “real-world?”

The answer – you get moments of extreme clarity of the importance of leading people.

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The Color of Bias

I'm deeply impacted by this study. Yale researchers found some interesting elements to bias. It goes past color, religion, sexual-orientation - bias comes from the perceiver's orientation. That orientation is adjusted, improved, broadened by taking this problem head...

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Why Read 1776

David McCullough’s book 1776 illustrates the important events of the most fragile year of the American Revolutionary War. Defeat after defeat threatened the survivability of a fledgling country. Up until the last five days of the year, failure was inevitable....

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15 Minutes of Power

How to Get Your Most Important Work Done... I’ll get to the point – if you are like me it takes too long to get focused on the work that really matters, or almost as bad, once you do get started you are very easily side-tracked. For those of us who are bursting with...

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Brave, Strong, True – A Book for All Leaders

Leaders247.com highly encourages listeners to read this book. In fact, we feel this is one of those critical leadership books that teaches true and authentic principles that help us endure traumatic leadership crises. In particular, this book reveals how to survive...

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Integrity Just Isn’t For Sale

What is wrong with taking advantage of someone else’s misfortune? My answer comes in the form of a true story about an ordinary football coach from an obscure little town in Oregon. The late Dewey Sullivan coached at the same school for 42 years and won more games...

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Classic Leadership Blunders

What Blunders Have You Seen? We've all experienced leadership that is good  and leadership that is bad. For fun, share with us blunders you've made, or that you've seen others make. We'll share them back with others anonymously so we can all...

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Leadership Scorecard

Leaders of large organizations are frequently inundated with data. However, the best leaders keep it simple and focus on two things: The mission. Their people. Simplify your leadership life and drive progress faster by focusing on the right things. I put together a...

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Will the Real Team Player Please Stand?

Does anyone other than me hate the idea of free-riding (getting equal credit for doing no work)? It seems to me that this probably happens all the time. Just think about this question: When was the last time you did most of the work on your team, or had to pick up...

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Atomic Brainstorming

In my new book on strategy I discuss the problems with brainstorming. But, if done right, working as a team to develop ideas can be powerful. I wanted to share how to do brainstorming the right way with a great example from one of the best organizations around. Atomic...

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Strategy

Strategy is over-taught and under-thought. Strategy itself is a rather simple concept. Unfortunately, the academic world,...

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Innovation Leadership and Creativity

Keys to Frugal Innovation Leaders interested in innovation, creativity, and establishing a culture that can achieve great things must watch this Ted talk. I want to emphasize three important concepts from this talk: Use what's most abundant to solve what's scarce. The...

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What Leaders Need to Know about Brainstorming

Brainstorming Does Not Work! Pulling people together to brainstorm cold is not effective. If you are considering running a brainstorming session watch these two videos first. A Successful Process for Idea Collection Atomic Object is a dynamic, creative, and energetic...

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Strategic Leaders Iterate

Strategy and the Tricky Nature of Iteration A classic example of a strategy is the United States Pacific Theater military strategy in World War II. The strategy was Island Hopping to bypass heavily fortified positions and concentrate limited resources on strategically...

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Strategy and Leadership

The Importance of Strategy What is Strategy? Strategy is from the Greek stratēgia, which has to do with the art of troop leadership, the office of general, command and generalship. The art of generalship included several skills such as tactics, siegecraft, logistics,...

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How We Help Leaders

Leaders 24x7 Promo from gordon on Vimeo. We are almost ready to launch our first courses. We plan on hosting the following topics: Dealing with mistakes Assessing your leadership without expensive tools The challenge of leading peers Developing talent under you...

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Leaders Fix Mistakes

Everyone Makes Mistakes It is important to recognize everyone makes mistakes. If you try to make your leadership experience one that is “perfect” and without “error” you will fail. Since making mistakes is a natural occurrence then we have to properly and quickly...

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Assessing Leadership

4 Simple Ways to Assess Your Leadership Impact The good news is you don’t have to buy a tool, develop a survey, or hire a consultant. If a leader is really honest with him or herself, then this simple method will be accurate, informative, instructive, and inspire...

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Leading Followers

Working with what you have Leadership is the art of executing goals and objectives through the efforts of others. However, we don’t often get the dream team. Washington encountered this phenomenon, and his advice is good for us today. The Continental Army lacked all...

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Leaders Teach

A Lesson from the Life of John Wooden Many years ago I read a book written by Andrew Hill and John Wooden entitled Be Quick But Don’t Hurry. Coach Wooden knew about building winning teams, nurturing talent, and creating lasting relationships. For those who don’t know...

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