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Good Character

Good Character

Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece- by thought, choice, courage and determination. John Luther Read More »

Ignoring Employee Morale Will Cost You. Here’s the Solution

Morale Boosters

Most entrepreneurs start their company trying to serve the best steak in town, offer the best massage or build the best product they can. That’s where their heart and passion is. But then they quickly realize that they have to recruit complementary talent to help turn that dream into reality. Not only do they have to learn how to motivate, ... Read More »

How Successful People Stay Productive and In Control

Car control

TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence (90% of top performers, to be exact). The hallmark of emotional intelligence is self-control—a skill that unleashes massive productivity by keeping you focused and on track. Unfortunately, self-control is a difficult skill to ... Read More »

7 Management Lessons From a 7-Time CEO

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The way I manage companies has always deviated philosophically from standard textbook practices. Yet, as CEO of my now-seventh company, I can cite many, many practical tips I wish first-time CEO Jack Sweeney — circa 1993 — had known in order to make better management decisions. Looking back at my 22 years of setting management direction, building teams and analyzing ... Read More »

Life is a Book

The Old Man Reading

I would rather think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to come together and make sense. Rabbi Harold Kushner Read More »

8 Tough-Minded Traits That Assure Success

Screwed

Tough-minded people have grit at their core. They are persistent and resilient in the face of failure, loss, success and challenge. They are committed. Whatever they pursue gets their full attention and nothing less. No amount of hard work is too much to capitalize on a worthwhile opportunity. Because of their commitment they feel no temptation to slack. They stay ... Read More »

Creativity

Baker-animated-drawings

Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know… Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. George Kneller Read More »

The 8 Signs of a Bad Leader

Happy Bosses Day

It’s an interesting conundrum. Say you’re a manager, a senior-level executive, or a human resources employee; your job is to be a leader, yes, but also to pick out leaders, to select who will be promoted, given extra responsibility, head up a project or team. How do you know who will make a great leader in a given circumstance? There ... Read More »

Microcosm of the Universe

illustration of human cells

In some sense man is a microcosm of the universe; therefore what man is, is a clue to the universe. We are enfolded in the universe. David Bohm Read More »

5 Influential CEOs Weigh in What Makes a Good Leader

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The question is eternal: What makes a good leader? Predictably, we have no definitive answer. But one thing is certain: As business technologies and processes evolve, hot industries come and go and employee demographics shift, the best leaders are those who can change with the times. They’re the ones with foresight and adaptability, who don’t rule from a manual but ... Read More »

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