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The Danger of Mirrortocracy in Silicon Valley and Beyond

by Helen Whelan “We’ve created a make-believe cult of objective meritocracy, a pseudo-scientific mythos to obscure and reinforce the belief that only people who look and talk like us are worth noticing. After making such a show of burning down … Continue reading

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Personal Characteristics of Successful Leaders

by Marshall Goldsmith We wouldn’t drive backwards to get to our destination. Why do we think delving into the past will help us make the change needed to propel us forward?  There is a school of thought among psychologists that … Continue reading

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The Perils of Being the Shell Answer Man

Bill Garcia* is a manager at a manufacturing company who reveled in the fact that employees came to him for the answers. In fact, this made him feel really smart and helpful.  Problem was, when his company grew and his role as a manager grew, … Continue reading

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Positive Recognition Simple But Effective Tips

by Marshall Goldsmith One of my clients taught me a simple, yet effective system for getting better at providing positive recognition. The first year I reviewed this executive’s 360-degree feedback report (feedback from his direct reports and co-workers), he scored … Continue reading

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Are Blind Spots Derailing Your Ability to Make Smart Decisions?

The process of making smart decisions is similar to backing up a car.  Not getting the right information or having your vision blocked cripples your ability to gauge risk and make informed decisions.   In other words, you want to … Continue reading

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How to Avoid Creating Lapdogs at Work

  “Lap dogs historically were kept in many societies around the world by individuals with leisure time, as docile companion animals with no working function.” Wikipedia We’ve all seen “lap dogs” at work.  They can be seen as the favorites of the boss … Continue reading

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Leadership Coaching Advice for Joe Torre

by Marshall Goldsmith  As an executive coach who is accustomed to working with corporate chief executives, I found this recent request to be an interesting challenge: Give some coaching advice to two coaches, Joe Torre, the former coach of the … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Ad for the Next Great Entrepreneur

Here’s a great ad that will air during the Super Bowl. It’s created by the Kauffman Foundation, which studies and encourages entrepreneurship. We found out about it from Steve Case, an entrepreneur who founded AOL and is now Chairman of … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship Management Skill to Succeed

Entrepreneurship is not just a young person’s game.  You will hear more about young founders of startups but that is only because it has great sex appeal for the media. Now, more boomers and the generation just behind them are starting their own companies. … Continue reading

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Management Skills for the Entrepreneur & Change Catalyst

Yep. It can feel like this when you’re an entrepreneur or someone who is playing to win. Belly flops don’t stop you. They just make you smarter.  The success skills of entrepreneurs – influencing others, risking and making mistakes, bouncing back … Continue reading

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