Articles: Senior Leadership

Executive Presence. Got It? Get It!

This is not a joke. Two leaders walk into a bar. The one, without saying a word, attracts the attention of every person in the room. The other disappears into the woodwork, or is avoided at all costs. Why? Executive presence. Executive presence is the sense of confidence and connection a leader brings to every […]

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How to Read Like a CEO

It’s not true because it rhymes, but its rhyme helps us remember the truth. And the truth is this: leaders are readers. That is, effective leaders are extensive readers. Why is this true? Because reading forces us to think. Really think. It compels us to consider different—sometimes radically different—perspectives. And reading provides us an inexhaustible […]

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Killing Change: Four Deadly Decisions

Change or die. That’s what the bumper sticker said on the car in front of me. As stark as that statement may seem, it’s been my experience from over a decade of working with organizations both large and small, the latter is preferred over the former. Not that anyone would it admit it. No respectable […]

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The Angry Leader: Critical Lessons from C-Suite Meltdowns

It started with an earthquake. Then came the tsunami. A giant 50-foot wave overwhelmed the seawall at the Fukushima Power Plant and flooded generators cooling the cores. In rapid succession, three nuclear reactors melted down. That tragic event happened five years ago this month. Thousands lost their lives and the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl […]

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