Articles: Senior Leadership

Six Secrets to a Successful Skip Level Meeting

It’s great being a senior sales leader. There’s greater visibility within the organization and greater say in overall strategy. And, of course, there’s increased salary and status. That’s pretty great, too. But there’s one thing that’s not so great. You’re removed from the frontline, sometimes by as much as two to three levels. In fact, […]

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Intentional Culture Creation for Senior Sales Leaders

Culture! Culture! Culture! Culture! Everyone you follow these days, from business gurus to corporate executives, talks about the importance of organizational culture. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll find no less than two dozen articles that in some way address culture. It’s key to leadership and motivation. It’s key to hiring and […]

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How to Change the Habits of Your People (or Yourself!)

Change, like death and taxes, is one thing you can always count on in life and leadership. Especially today in the dynamic marketplace in which we work, we must change or die. Just ask Research in Motion, the makers of Blackberry. The people dynamics of change, however, are extremely challenging, because we’re asking team members […]

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Organizational Entropy and Its Antidote: Leadership

There are laws that govern the physical universe and laws that govern the organizational universe. Sometimes these laws are exactly the same. Here’s one that rules both worlds: the law of entropy. Simply stated, the law of entropy declares that every system left to its own devices moves from order to disorder. True in the physical […]

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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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