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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

“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


Lead With A Story

5 Steps to more effective feedback

I never considered myself an especially gifted manager of people. But every once in awhile I did something right. This week’s story is about one of those days a few years ago. I had a project review meeting with a junior manager in a corporate department that supported my team. He was an absolute top performer — the kind most managers dream of having work for them. Although he didn’t report to me directly, I worked with him often enough that I took an interest in him. At the end of the [read more]

Story Triggers – doing something remarkable other people will talk about

This week I'm joined by global storytelling expert Shawn Callahan from Melbourne. Shawn is the founder of Anecdote, a strategy story consultancy and training firm. He's also the author of a new book, Putting Stories to Work: Mastering Business Storytelling.  On the podcast, Shawn shared the following story about the chairman of the family-owned Mars, Inc., one of the largest food businesses in the world. . .  A few years ago, company chairman John Mars attended a presentation at a factory [read more]

Parenting with a Story

Battling obesity and anorexia: one girl’s personal struggle

If you were to meet Fadia Perez today, you'd describe her as nothing short of stunning. She's tall and lean, with high cheekbones, a figure that most women would envy, shiny jet-black hair, and a magazine-quality smile. Not surprisingly, she’s been encouraged many times in the past decade to pursue a modeling career, and she even considered it seriously once or twice. But it wasn’t always that way for Fadia. She was born in Mexico City, where she lived with her mother, grandmother, and younger [read more]

The life of a “smart coward”: Being courageous without getting your nose broken

While being courageous can clearly get you places in life, it can be comforting to know that it’s not an absolute requirement. In fact, one of the most successful people I know is a self-described coward. According to Jim Bangel, “the stories of my cowardice are legion” among his family and friends. And it all started on a basketball court in New York City. Jim was fifteen years old and had gone to play basketball at a court behind the local high school. He met up with some boys he knew and [read more]