A Step Back. A Step Forward: Finding a New Perspective in a Season of Change
by Carol Stephenson, O.C. |

Change is like looking at one of those paintings made up of individual images; if you look at it close up, all you can see is a jumble of faces, but when you step back and look at the...

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In Focus: Leadership
by Stephen Bernhut |

From “Yes, We Can” to “No, You Can’t”

In what still is for many the definitive book on leadership, James MacGregor Burns wrote that the classic role of the great leader is “to comprehend not only the existing needs of followers but to mobilize within them newer motivations and aspirations…” In the book, simply titled Leadership, the great American historian went on to describe this type of leadership as transforming leadership.


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The Collaboration Imperative
by Rick Lash |

For various reasons, the management challenges ahead will require the skills of a collaborative leader. Many leaders, however, lack the required skills to collaborate meaningfully. Readers will learn what those skills are and how they can develop them in...

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Lying Up on the Job: Does Deceptive Impression Management Work?
by John Carlson |

While lying in the workplace is prevalent, it simply doesn’t work, according to this author, who has conducted several studies on the the topic. In fact, the greatest risk is in turning a blind eye and making dishonesty acceptable. As...

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Neuroscience and the Link Between Inspirational Leadership and Resonant Relationships
by Richard Boyatzis |

“Relationships,” says a dejected Alvy Singer, Woody Allen’s character in the movie, Annie Hall. “Who needs them.” The fact is that every leader needs to have smooth, productive relationships with those around him or her. But what makes for...

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Developing Leadership Character
by Mary Crossan, Jeffrey Gandz, and Gerard Seijts |

The sum of virtues, values and traits equals good character, which, in addition to competence and commitment, is one of the 3 ingredients that make a leader effective and respected. For many, however, virtues, values and traits remain indefinable,...

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Occupy, Economic Inequality and Business Initiatives: Insights from India
by Hari Bapuji and Suhaib Riaz |

Occupy movements highlighting economic inequality have quickly spread around the world. But they have also excluded several countries. One interesting example of the latter is India. How have businesses in India coped with the dual pressures of enhancing shareholder...

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Growing Big by Targeting Small
by Stephen Wunker |

Business leaders are trained to focus on big, attractive markets, yet some of the most compelling sources of growth come from markets that start out as tiny footholds. Penetrating such foothold markets requires an entirely different approach than the...

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Smart Workplace Conversation: The Knowledge Economy’s (New) Organizational Value Chain
by Mark Hollingworth |

All of us – from those in the C-Suite to others at workstations – have heard a lot about how to have more effective meetings. Yet we still find ourselves in meetings that are poorly organized, run too long...

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Transformational Performance-Based Leadership: Addressing Non-Routine Adaptive Challenges
by Kari Granger and Doug Hanover |

A leader’s job is to create contexts that will allow followers to adopt new perspectives on the challenges they face, and therefore, new actions that lead to higher levels of performance. The observations offered by this author will be...

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Making the Best of a World Slowdown
by John S. McCallum |

Sluggish economic growth is hardly desirable, but as this author points out, it may be a blessing in disguise. In this article he outlines eight steps that executives can take to help their firms survive a slowdown and emerge...

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Learning From Conflict: Lessons From the Salmon Farming Industry
by Pat MacDonald |

That an inter- or intra-organizational conflict could be a prime learning opportunity may seem farfetched. But not according to this author, who writes that though a conflict may never be fully resolved, organizations may be able to learn how...

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