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Excuses, excuses: Leadership that avoids the blame game 
Forbes 
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” So said Yoda, the Jedi Master from the Star Wars space opera. It’s good advice for anyone of any age. But with confidence in politicians at record lows and daily headlines about corporate stumbles, excuses are in rich supply.

 

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Leadership matters: The power of humility 
The Huffington Post 
Great leaders are rarely inspired by their own success. Rather, they view personal success as a necessary step on the ladder that leads to the elevated platform of leadership, where they can observe those they lead and find and nurture talent. In his groundbreaking work on leadership, Jim Collins tells The Huffington Post that truly great leaders, who accomplish sustainable success for their companies or their countries, have two characteristics in common: personal humility and professional will. 

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6 key traits leaders need to manage through a crisis 
By Betty Boyd 
Does there always seem to be a crisis in your organization? When there is, do your leaders have a duck-and-run mentality? A leader must be able to make decisions, and how leaders work through trouble is crucial for the success of any organization. As President John F. Kennedy once stated, “There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” Here are six key traits that are necessary for the management of crisis situations. 

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4 areas of your company that need to budget for thought leadership 
Forbes 
So many business leaders consider thought leadership strictly a marketing tactic that’s confined to one department and one budget. But adopting this narrow mindset limits the benefits and reach of your thought leadership content. Thought leadership isn’t only a marketing vehicle; it’s a way to naturally draw recruits, brand advocates, investors, partners and potential clients to your company. 

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6 skills remarkable leaders execute better 
Entrepreneur 
Do you know what makes a remarkable leader remarkable? In today’s highly technical and globally competitive business world, it might seem that remarkable leaders need to have a heightened understanding and appreciation of technology, multi-national cultures and global business trends. While all of these are important and incredibly useful, separating yourself as a remarkable leader simply comes down to better executing a few traditional leadership characteristics. 

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Are you a manager or a leader? 
Forbes 
Are you a manager or a leader? A manager could be defined as someone who outlines a vision of the future and directs others to engage with that vision. A leader is someone who does this in the face of great uncertainty, obstacles and even danger. At the core, the difference between management and leadership is courage. 

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Leadership tips for small business owners 
The Globe and Mail 
Even the most experienced leaders, whatever the size of their business, know learning how to be a great leader is a journey without end. This journey begins the first day on the job and continues throughout the span of their career, and will likely draw on lessons learned that very first day. 

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What’s the big deal about motivation? 
By Anne Rose 
Thousands of books have been written about motivation. It’s a popular subject for seminar presenters, talk-show hosts and magazine columnists. Researchers study and publish scholarly articles on the subject. So what’s the big deal? Why does the subject of motivation merit this amount of attention? Because it’s crucial to a successful organization. Motivation spurs your staff to action. It inspires them to perform above minimum expectations. But what is the best way to achieve it? 

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Leadership skills every entrepreneur must develop 
Business 2 Community 
Every entrepreneur is a leader. You might not have a staff right now, but you could in the future. Furthermore, as a business owner you are a community leader as well. So even if you’re still a “solopreneur” and focused on keeping your head above water, it’s time to develop some serious leadership skills … and in fact, it might be those very leadership skills that help your business get past the start-up stage and into growth more quickly. 

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Success can be a result of loyalty in leadership 
Liberty Voice 
In certain successful organizations like the military, police and several others, the unity that derives from a result in loyalty in leadership is the most important instrument that these members rely on in order to complete their goals. However, loyalty is not just a tool for those who risk their lives — it has a very systematic function that resides deep within our biological makeup. 

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Want to be a thought leader? 
Business 2 Community 
So, you want to be the next Seth Godin? Gary Vaynerchuk? Malcolm Gladwell? Well, we already have those guys. What the world needs is the next you. Many marketers and entrepreneurs want to be thought leaders, but they’re under the false assumption that becoming a thought leader requires publishing a book, or gaining some distant and lofty number of Twitter followers or landing that one big client that will finally allow them to do the work they always wanted. 

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Executive confidence hurt by lack of leadership development 
Forbes 
Deloitte just released new research which shows an astounding gap between what business executives say and what they do, and one of the biggest issues highlighted is a lack of focus on leadership development. A majority of America’s top business leaders say they are very confident that their organizations will outperform the competition over the next 12 months. 

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What makes someone an engaging leader 
Harvard Business Review 
“How can we have the highest profitability in five years and still have gaps in employee engagement?” asks an executive at a large industrial products company. The reality is that the two don’t necessarily go together. This management team, like many others, has fought to increase profitability through business transformation, restructuring and cost-cutting, without devoting much thought to keeping employees engaged and connected. 

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What you can learn about rallying a team from Madison Bumgarner 
Inc. 
After the recent World Series victory, Madison Bumgarner isn’t just a San Francisco Giant. He’s an American Giant. The pitcher turned in one of the most memorable World Series performances ever, allowing only a single run in 21 innings while sealing two victories and saving another. Bumgarner put the franchise on his back, and along the way, taught us a few tips on how to rally a team — both on and off the field. 

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