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The Must-Have Habitudes of Effective 21st Century Leaders

The conversation around must-have, 21st century leadership skills has been in full swing for years. From business to education; classroom to community, the debate on what is a “new skill” or an “always skill” can be both controversial and confusing. Although it’s almost certain we will never all agree to a singular list of skills, strategies, and competencies leaders must embody for success now and in the future, we do know what effectively operating and leading in a fluid, dynamic and every changing 21st Century world requires:
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Klout And Kred Are AntiSocial. Opt Out With Me.

I opted out of Klout years ago. Before I was ever listed, ranked, or nominated by Forbes, Huffington Post Tech, The Shorty Awards – before any of that. Before landing a book contract for A World Gone Social. Before winning my first consulting gig for social media strategy, or giving my first keynote on the topic.

Are you with me? Having no score on Klout hasn’t slowed me down in any way…. Read More»

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Dealing with Uncertainty

As technology automates even more work to increase productivity, and as workplace tasks become even more complex, today’s jobs are demanding higher cognitive skills with emphasis being placed on exercising judgement and coping with uncertainty.

In this respect, business leaders, managers and human resources departments are being challenged to identify, hire and reward engaged employees capable of thriving in ever changing and ambiguous environments…. Read More»

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The Essentials of Innovation

During a presentation on product innovation in New York City, I was asked a great question: “What tools do I need to be an innovator?” My answer was simple and for many, surprising: “Your eyes and ears.” Opportunities are all around us. When we take the time to notice them, they can stimulate more creative thoughts within each of us. And I really should have added “feet,” because the day before I had walked 40 Manhattan blocks looking for interesting and outrageous inputs to spur my own innovative thinking. Here are two examples of what I found…. Read More»

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12 Habits of Motivational Leaders

The mainspring of motivation is the belief that something different, perhaps better, is possible. It is that cause that motivational leaders tap into when inspiring others. And from such beliefs habits emerge that perpetuate goodness, possibility, and the desire to do more, to achieve more. Motivational leaders incite action and deepen relationships. The habits of motivational leaders foster a bias for action and connectedness amongst all those fortunate to be inspired by such people. … Read More»

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5 Employee Questions Every Company Should Answer

When companies tell me their workplace culture and trendy furniture build employee engagement, I try to help them see that they’re focusing on the wrong part of the equation. They’re focusing on what, not why. The “what” can reveal a lot about a company, but it’s the “why” that tells you it’s a good company to work with. What factors contribute to the “why” of employee engagement? Here are the top 5 questions I ask business and HR leaders to answer. They’re intentionally written from an employee’s point-of-view. If you answer honestly, your organization’s engagement strengths and weaknesses should become more clear:… Read More»

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It’s Time for Your BOLDEST Leadership Ever

During the past two decades of developing leaders and helping organizations thrive, I’ve learned a lot about what great leaders do to succeed in an increasingly complex and interdependent world. Global forces such as disruptive innovation, environmental degradation, population shifts, and stakeholder influence continue to converge to transform how business operates. These challenges require leaders to evolve their capabilities to do more than build profitable organizations; they must also create a better world.

With this landscape in mind, I’ve captured the most critical leadership capabilities in what I refer to as the BOLDEST Leadership Competency model stressing mastery in seven areas…… Read More»

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Making Social More Human

There is a plethora of articles, books, and blog posts about the need for and benefit of networking. They talk about the benefit to one’s career, being able to learn new ideas and viewpoints that lead to innovative business models, products, services, and impact, connecting people together that wouldn’t normally meet, which can lead to infusing new fresh talent in organizations and to creating a platform for sharing your own ideas and passions. Yet, one of the rarely discussed benefits of networking, perhaps because it’s less tangible, its rewards less apparent and wide-reaching, and its impact less glamorous, is…… Read More»

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