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Stop! Don’t Make the #1 Mistake in Business

By Geoff Smart and Marshall Goldsmith What’s the #1 mistake in business? Marshall:  How do you define “#1 mistake?” Geoff:  Let’s define it as a mistake that is most common, most damaging, and most preventable. M:  I believe the #1 mistake in business … Continue reading

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Leadership Is a Contact Sport

My career as an executive coach began many years ago with a phone call from the CEO of a Fortune 100 company. I had just given a leadership clinic to the CEO’s human resources department. This is what I was … Continue reading

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‘Managers as Mentors’ Celebrates Publication Anniversary

The origin of the word mentor goes back to ancient Greece–specifically, to the character of Mentor in Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey.” As Odysseus departs for the Trojan War, he leaves his trusted friend Mentor in charge of both the … Continue reading

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Creating a Great Rest of Your Life

Frances Hesselbein is the former national executive director of the Girl Scouts of the United States and is now chairman of the Leader to Leader Institute. Management guru Peter Drucker considered Hesselbein to be the greatest executive he had ever … Continue reading

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The Success Delusion

Any human, in fact, any animal will tend to repeat behavior that is followed by positive reinforcement. The more successful we become, the more positive reinforcement we get – and the more likely we are to experience the success delusion. … Continue reading

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The Five Reasons We Give Up

Yes, change takes longer than we thought, and the process is harder. Acknowledging that from the get-go can make a big difference in helping us stick to the plan. by Marshall Goldsmith and Kelly Goldsmith Why do we set New Year’s … Continue reading

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Bashing the Boss

According to a survey by Badbossology.com and Development Dimensions International, a majority of employees spend 10 or more hours per month complaining or listening to others complain about bad bosses – and almost one-third spend 20 hours or more per … Continue reading

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Don’t Delegate More – Delegate More Effectively

When C-level executives are asked what change they could make to become a more effective leader, one of the most common answers is, “I need to delegate more!” My caution to these executives is always the same: Don’t delegate more. … Continue reading

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Why Don’t We Ask?

Why is asking so important? In the Information Age, leaders must manage knowledge workers. Peter Drucker has defined knowledge workers as people who know more about what they are doing than their boss does. It is hard to tell people … Continue reading

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The Best Advice I Ever Received

Like many young Ph.D. students, while I studied at UCLA, I was deeply impressed with my own intelligence, wisdom and profound insights into the human condition. I consistently amazed myself with my ability to judge others and see what they … Continue reading

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