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Business Strategy: 5 observations about leadership


I recently read a great interview in the New York Times with David Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell. He made some insightful observations about leadership which I have summarized and commented on here. 

Employee engagement: how to help a struggling employee
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One of the keys to effectively manage and coach your people is to make everyone’s performance visible. The Harvard Business School calls this management approach “radical transparency” and it has been found to deliver superior results.

Business Strategy: advice to my younger self?
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Imagine you could go back in time to when you were starting out as a manager, leader or entrepreneur. What 1 piece of advice would you give to your younger self? 

Productivity: take time to reflect (to get faster)
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If you are anything like me, life seems to be getting busier and busier, and the rate of change means you feel like you are running faster and faster just to keep up. The ability to drive business execution at a rapid pace is a vital ingredient on the path to success, but if you are not careful, you can become so stuck in “busy-mode”, that you spend all of your time “doing” and not enough time “thinking, reflecting and learning”.  

Brainstorming 2.0

Brainstorming to drive business execution

I learned many years ago from my friend Doug Hall that the way most companies conduct brainstorming is ineffective. He documented these findings in his excellent marketing book, Jump Start Your Business Brain. Here’s a quote:

Employee engagement requires "difficult" conversations (sometimes)
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One of our clients emailed me recently wanting to know, “How do you hold people accountable or punish bad results and unmet deadlines in a professional manner, especially in a small family business where employees I’m responsible for have more experience than me?”

How to be a better business leader
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Much has been written about leadership. Most of it is useless. But there are things you can do, and some books you can read, that are helpful to learn to be a better business leader. 

How to get everyone on the same page to improve employee engagement
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A few years back I attended a presentation given by business author and former Gallup researcher, Marcus Buckingham. One of the highlights of his presentation was how he defined the difference between leadership and management as per his book, First Break All the Rules - What the world's greatest managers do differently. 

It's all about attitude when it comes to company culture and results


Picking patterns and trends is an important role of a leader. Below are seven patterns I've noticed in business leaders who successfully and consciously take their company to a new level – building a good copmany culture focused on results. 

what GEN Y wants [@work]
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You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about Gen Y (or the millennial generation) so let’s put some context around who that exactly is and why you should pay attention to what’s happening. If you’re part of the previous generation (Gen X), you may have a testy relationship with your younger colleagues, so I’ll include some insights on how to better engage them.

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