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How to Turn a Reorganization Into a Leadership Disaster

Today’s guest post is by Mike Figliuolo, co-author of Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (you can get your copy by clicking here). You can learn more about Mike and the book

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“Papers please.” A John Ray birthday lesson worth remembering

Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho once said, Everything will be okay in the end. If it isn’t okay, it isn’t the end. It’s become one of my favorite inspirational quotes, for a number of reasons. I’m enamored with the


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Finishing the race

MEXICO CITY IS A world away from the East African country of Tanzania, where John Stephen Akhwari lived. But that’s exactly where he found himself in October 1968, representing his country in the Summer Olympic Games as a marathon runner. The Race Unfortunately, Akhwari suffered a fall during the race. And it wasn’t a gentle tumble on a grassy knoll. He fell hard on rough concrete, badly cutting his right leg and dislocating his knee. Medical personnel arrived quickly and bandaged his [read more]

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Get more creativity from your team with the help of a 9-yr-old boy

Getting your employees to be more creative might be one of the toughest jobs a leader ever faces. It’s hard enough to figure out how to be more creative yourself, much less find a way to get other people to up their creative game. But sometimes getting your employees to be more creative isn’t the problem. The problem is getting their less-than-imaginative manager to give them the space to invent. The following story illustrates that point in a way even the most controlling of bosses will [read more]

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Persistence, grit, and the presidency

The psychologist most responsible for the study of grit, Angela Duckworth, defines it as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” It’s a combination of zeal and persistence even in the absence of encouraging feedback. So grit isn’t just about trying hard. Anyone can try hard . . . once. Grit means continuing to try hard after you’ve already failed. One of the best examples of that you’ll ever come across is a man you probably already know and admire. His story When he was seven [read more]

Holly Getter

The long division contract: learning what it means to keep your word

“Your word is your bond.” We say that to our children, but what does it really mean? Holly Getter can tell you. At the age of ten she had to stay up half the night doing math just to find out. Holly grew up in Rockford, Illinois, in a time when much experimentation was going on in education. One such experiment in her fourth-grade class taught her how to do long division, but more important, it taught her about honoring her word. The Contract When starting a math section on division, [read more]