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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

What you can learn about creative problem solving from an old air conditioner

Before I became an author, I spent 13 of my 22 years in the corporate world working in consumer research. So I got to attend a fair number of consumer research conferences. One of my favorite parts of those conferences was getting to hear about interesting research challenges and what the researcher did to overcome them. One of the most memorable and impactful examples I ever heard wasn’t even from one of the keynote speakers. It came from a guy I was talking to over a break at the coffee [read more]

“Better 1 or better 2?”: A one-question leadership quiz

Which of the following do you think would work better? Imagine you’re an executive at a large, multi-national company. You have a crop of 25 newly hired research analysts in a large conference room waiting for some wisdom and inspiration from you, the boss, on their first day on the job. You have one piece of advice to impart that you think will make the biggest difference in their ultimate success or failure in their first two years. Among your other welcoming remarks, you share the [read more]

Parenting with a Story

Would you rather be the head of a dog or the tail of a lion? Leadership opportunities for kids

The kind of goals people deem worthy can vary over time and across cultures. In the U.S., for example, we often tell our kids to set lofty goals. If we fail, so what. At least we tried. In Asia, on the other hand, setting an aspirational goal and falling short might not be what most parents would wish for their kids. In fact, there’s an ancient Chinese saying that it’s “better to be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion.” Let’s look at how that value might play out in someone’s [read more]

How Larry Bird Picked His Agent

Larry Bird was already a basketball hero in his home state of Indiana by the time he was a senior in high school, graduating as the all-time leading scorer at Springs Valley High. By the time he was a senior at Indiana State University, he was being touted as the best college player in the nation. It was no surprise, then, in June 1978 when the notably shrewd president of the Boston Celtics, Red Auerbach, drafted Larry before his final college season, a tactic allowed by the NBA at the time. [read more]