Posts filed as “Leadership”

Your Carbon Strategy is a Market Opportunity

We recently had the opportunity to film Andy Hoffman, at the University of Michigan Ross School of Management, regarding market opportunities in a carbon-constrained world.  He frames the discussion in a purely apolitical manner – regulation is emerging at the state, federal and international levels that will dictate corporate carbon emissions; the question for you…

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Only the truth sounds like the truth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released their October jobs report and the numbers are pretty sobering – 6.5% unemployment rate, up 2 points from a year ago and a 14 year high – a net employment loss in the U.S. of almost 250,000 jobs.  Here’s Howard Behar’s advice to CEOs and senior leaders out there:…

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Save the World at Work

Addition – Jan 23, 2009 – you must see Tim tell this.  Click here to check it out. Tim Sanders mailed me a copy of his newest book recently and you must pick this up.  Aside from providing thoughtful, actionable ideas on how we can all join what he calls “The Responsibility Revolution” it has…

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In a Crisis Address the Immediate, Understand the Implications

My dog is dying, albeit a slow protracted decline. She is a twelve year old lab who has enjoyed a wonderfully rich life and brought great joy to my wife and I, and later our three young children. Her first seizure was about six months ago, and as you might imagine it was appalling and…

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Model the Way

The old adages “practice what you preach,” “put your money where your mouth is,” “walk the talk” – all boil down to one common denominator. Regardless of culture and geography the top four qualities that effective leaders have are: honest, forward-looking, competent and inspiring. Taken as individual traits each has a distinct role, but collectively…

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The Speed of Laughter

The other day John Sweeney came down to the studio and shared his wit and energy. He has applied his remarkable presence and sincerity to help people and organizations accelerate their innovation by bringing the philosophies and creativity of theater to the workplace. With his wife, he owns and operates the oldest running comedy workshop…

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It’s about Ethics – Compliance is dead

Pat Dixon shares this frightening story about investment bankers who don’t understand the very products they construct and bring to market. It’s definitely an amusing story but after the laughter subsides, realization sets in that people like this exist in the world and can construct such unnecessary and senseless complex investment tools, which can bring…

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The Journey to Authentic Leadership

When Bill George was conducting research and interviews for his book, True North, he sat down with Howard Schultz who tells a compelling story of how, as a child, he watched his father get fired and abused by company after company. He promised himself that if he ever had the opportunity he would build a…

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How Starbucks Got into the Music Business

If you walked into Starbucks’ original store fifteen years ago you would enjoy the custom mix CD of the store manager who liked to listen to interesting music while he worked. Quickly customers wanted to know what they were listening to and how could they get a copy. In 1999 Starbucks purchased a little company…

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Turn into the storm

Erik Weihenmayer is the only blind person to have climbed the “Seven Summits,” the tallest peak on every continent. He has scaled the 3000 foot rock face of El Capitan, skied down the tallest peak in Europe, and guided Tibetan blind teenagers to 21,500 feet on the north side of Mt. Everest. Erik is also…

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