The 5 Breaks You Need to Succeed

break·through ˈbrākˌTHro͞o/ noun: a sudden, dramatic, and important discovery or development; an instance of achieving success in a particular sphere or activity Notice how the buzzword “breakthrough” is everywhere? Breakthrough thinking, breakthrough performance, breakthrough earning, breakthrough conversations, and my personal favorite: breakthrough diet pills that make or keep us thin while we lounge on the sofa eating as much of any ol’ thing we want. I googled "breakthrough" and "book titles." In seconds, nearly 14 million … [Read more...]

A Little Magic Can Take Leaders A Long Way

Last week I heard myself give a textbook answer to the question, “What’s the difference between leaders and managers?” I won’t bore you by sharing what I responded because even if you don’t read as many articles and books on leadership as I do, you’d intuitively sense that there must be more to truly great leaders. After my acceptable answer popped toad-like from my lips, I almost immediately started reflecting upon what my authentic, deeper answer is, the answer that I didn’t have the courage or quick-thinking capacity to state at the … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Lead Like An Ass(umer)

Assumptions. We all make them, all the time. Or at least I assume you do because I do. "When you assume you make an ass out of you and me." You've heard that expression a thousand times. The ever-practical Ellen DeGeneres explains the expression: “You should never assume. You know what happens when you assume. You make an ass out of you and me because that's how it's spelled.” Got it, Ellen, funny. How often do you lead like an ass(umer)? Assumptions can be dangerous. If you don't realize how dangerous assumptions can be, look no … [Read more...]

Question: What Have You Learned from the People You Mentor?

Guest post by Susan Caba, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Leadership Fast-Track and co-author of BreakPoints - Where Businesses Get Stuck .... And How They Get Unstuck! Are your professional--or even social--relationships a two-way street of learning and  benefits? Shouldn’t they be?  This is a column of questions. Be forewarned--I don’t have the answers! I’m just asking. I was thinking the other day about a close friendship with a woman in the field of psychology and business coaching. She’s not a mentor, per se, but I’ve learned so … [Read more...]

Want To Be An Inspirational Leader? Get a Little Bit Crazy

Buzzwords like inspirational leader get bandied about and then quickly blurred with conventional wisdom about leadership. Be self-aware, be values-grounded, be credible, be a story-teller, be results-driven, etcetera. I suppose that’s all true. But what makes a run-of-the-mill leader, even those who at times flirt with greatness, markedly different from a truly inspirational leader ? I believe it’s the Little Bit Crazy Factor. Leadership gurus today, like New York Times best-selling author Bob Rosen, argue that great leadership requires … [Read more...]

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