Month: September 2009

Personal Board of Directors

Top performing leaders almost invariably have a formal or informal group of advisors and mentors, a sort of Personal Board of Directors, with whom they share their problems and from whom they seek advice and counsel. How can you create or improve your …

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Personal Board of Directors – Sep 04,2009

Top performing leaders almost invariably have a formal or informal group of advisors and mentors, a sort of Personal Board of Directors, with whom they share their problems and from whom they seek advice and counsel. How can you create or improve your …

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What’s Wrong with Praise?

“Praising People Does Not Motivate Them” is the title of Chapter 12 in MANAGEMENT OF THE ABSURD by Richard Farson (1997).People often respond to praise defensively.  There are several reasons why they may do so:Praise is an evaluation.  It’s …

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Real Leaders do Real Work

From Louis V. Gerstner’s IBM memoir, “Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?” (2004):  Soon after I’d joined the company, I asked one of my most senior executives to provide me with a detailed analysis of a major money-losing business at IBM…

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