A Simple Way to Test Your Company’s Strategic Alignment

There is no universal or one-size-fits-all prescription for a winning business. But corporate leaders today seem to agree that strategic alignment is high on the list.<p>Strategic alignment, for us, means that all elements of a business — including the market strategy and the way the company itself is …

3 Habits of Remarkably Likeable Leaders

When these three forces of nature happen, it’s like catching lightning in a bottle: legacies are made, careers advance, and companies flourish.<p>Ever been placed in a situation where you were really put to the test? Perhaps it was a defining moment for your personal life or professional career?<p>Many …

How the US Can Defeat Putin’s Shadow War – The Daily Beast

Matt Dunham/WPA/Getty<p>THREAT<p>How the U.S. Can Defeat Putin’s Shadow War<p>Vladimir Putin has a czarist vision of a greater Russia, and his first order of business is getting the U.S. out of Europe. To defeat him, we first must learn to play by his rules.<p>Recently, one of my students asked me: Why doesn’t …

7 Steps to Building a Recognized Personal Brand

The concept of building a brand is not new. While we normally think of brands as companies or products, people are brands, too. In fact, you’ve been cultivating your personal brand since childhood in the form of word-of-mouth reputation and your digital footprint. Today, the stakes are higher than …

People Won’t Grow If You Think They Can’t Change

Have you ever worked hard to improve a valuable skill and made real progress, only to have your development go unnoticed by the people who told you that you needed to improve? Perhaps this led you to look for a new job. Or maybe you’re a manager who’s been disappointed by poor performance and …

5 Tips For Branding Yourself for Success

Success as a corporate executive, entrepreneur or professional requires careful, calculated branding, both to enter the arena and to stay in the game. Top corporate executives, Hollywood icons and high-profile athletes have long tapped into the branding model to create and build a personal brand. …

Former CIA Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Be a Spy

Rule #1: Learn to live a lie.<p>The complex life of a CIA officer is unveiled in this fascinating AMA on Reddit, which reveals an existence that is both terrifying and amusing, but never boring.<p>Names, places, and timelines are redacted, but that doesn’t lessen the impact of his words, as it’s easy to …

All KPIs Are Metrics: The 3Ms of Scaling

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Management guru Peter Drucker often gets the credit for this quote, and it’s a truth that every organization will face. From true startups to internal launches, we need numbers to help us know if we’ve made our mark and reached a milestone. Investors …

Leadership: Three Ways to Show, Not Tell

This month I attended Basic Combat Training graduation at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.<p>As I watched as Private Donnie Dixon, the son of the non-commissioned officer with whom I served and for whom Easter Seals Dixon Center is named, I thought about the leadership being developed in the nearly 850 …

Fixing business models by design

We live in a time of new business models, exponential technologies and digital native customers. Businesses are being challenged and looking for innovation. Some designers who design products and services today are the creators of new organisations and businesses tomorrow. Let me share some of the …

Why I Give My Employees $1,000 to Do (Almost) Whatever They Want

Last month, one of my employees invoiced the company $300, plus tax, for French lessons. Another one billed us for a $190 real estate course. And then there was the surprise bill for $82 worth of pottery making classes. I signed off on each expense with a smile on my face.<p>These employees are taking …

Want To Be A CEO? Five Essential Qualities Boards Look For

In a much-read article in Forbes.com –“How To Become A CEO”— fellow contributor Christian Stadler presented a sensible, research-based summary of career steps to the top job: pursuing specific education, choosing particular functional paths, and developing personal qualities like “drive and …