Category: Leadership and Management

The Best Talent Is Bringing Out Talent In Others

Filed under: Big Ideas & Innovation, Career Advice, Leadership and Management, Social Impact

“A superior leader is a person who can bring ordinary people together to achieve extraordinary results.” Many years ago, an entrepreneur told me that. He was right.

But this isn’t just true of leaders. It’s true of all human beings.

I’ve come to believe that the most valuable talent is being able to recognize hidden skills that others possess. Why? There’s only one you, and you only have so much time. But if you can bring out the best in others, you gain remarkable leverage.

So very hard…

I’m not just talking about recognizing talent. I’m talking about being able to recognize a look in someone’s eyes that tells you something valuable is burning inside that person.

I’m talking about realizing that if you take Jake’s drive, mix it with Julie’s intelligence and Dave’s creativity, then you will transform three mildly effective people into a spectacular team.

I’m talking about looking past what’s “wrong” with others, and instead seeing what’s special about them in very pragmatic and actionable terms.

How do you do this?

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How to Talk So Your Boss Will Listen

Filed under: Behavior in the Workplace, Leadership and Management, Relationships

Ever left a meeting with your boss feeling like she didn’t listen well enough or didn’t understand what you needed? Or maybe you don’t even bother to approach your boss because you don’t think she’ll see things your way. While there certainly are plenty of bad or unresponsive managers out there, often you can change the results you get by changing your approach.

Here are seven keys for talking to your boss – and maximizing your chances of really being heard.

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The Big Difference Between Leaders and Managers

Filed under: Leadership and Management


Leaders are a causal force — they cause things to happen that were not going to happen without their influence.

They are future oriented and they envision possibilities that are often discontinuous with the past. They are adept at innovating, articulating a vision, architecting strategies, and inspiring growth and development in others on behalf of the vision.

Leaders are rich in determination and unwavering in resourcefulness. Thus, every person in every role has the opportunity and responsibility to demonstrate leadership — to be fully engaged and to perform beyond their day-to-day management responsibilities.

Both leadership AND management are needed

Managers attend to operational excellence and, at their best, deliver against expectations. Managers provide the business and its stakeholders with reliability, certainty, and predictability, all of which are essential to the viability and longevity of the organization.

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5 Ways Women Are Better Bosses Than Men

Filed under: Leadership and Management

In the battle of the sexes, recent studies show that women have certain characteristics that make them better leaders–though men still hold the majority of these positions.

In the world of small business, there are more men than women bosses. However, two recent studies show that women may make for better leaders.

According to a survey conducted by Chris Bart, professor of strategic management at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, and Gregory McQueen, a McMaster graduate and senior executive associate dean at Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine, women actually run better performing businesses than men.

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