3 Insightful Secrets of the Truly Successful Leader

3 Insightful Secrets of the Truly Successful Leader
Dec

12

2017

3 Insightful Secrets of the Truly Successful Leader

It’s human nature to desire success without effort. But unless you have a big inheritance (or, a mask and a gun), that probably won’t happen. The ancient biblical proverb says, “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” Following are three ideas you may find helpful: 1) The most successful people put out the most effort. While the…

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Great Leaders Are Mentally Ambidextrous
Dec

5

2017

Great Leaders Are Mentally Ambidextrous

“Great, so, what does that mean?” you ask. 
Do you remember that kid in grade school who could write equally well with either her right or left hand? She was said to be ambidextrous. In a similar way, most successful people learn to work from both their right and left-brains. We’re told that there are two groups of people: right-brained thinkers (those who are primarily…

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Truth Serum: Commit to Be the Real Deal
Nov

28

2017

Truth Serum: Commit to Be the Real Deal

I started my advertising agency, in part, because I didn’t want to work for someone else. It wasn’t arrogance that led me to this. It was conviction. As I surveyed the advertising agency world, I wasn’t impressed. Agencies seemed too focused on winning awards and padding expense accounts, and woefully disinterested in their clients’ true needs. Also, there was the morality thing. I didn’t like…

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Success: It’s Not About Power…It’s About Presence!
Nov

21

2017

Success: It’s Not About Power…It’s About Presence!

There are some fictions that we probably can live with. But there are some that, if we believe them, will ruin our lives. The advertising world expends a lot of effort and money trying to convince us that we “can have it all.” But the fact is, you can’t have it all. No one can have it all. Having it all is a fiction that…

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Which Type of Leader are You?
Nov

15

2017

Which Type of Leader are You?

As I discuss in my book, Fast-Forward Leadership, there are essentially two leadership models. The first is power-driven leadership. This is where a person with power leads through fear and intimidation. At its worst, this is a slave master who abuses a slave. More often today, it’s a boss who is more focused on his own career than he is on the greater good of…

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If You Want to Reach a Millennial…Lead With the Story
Nov

9

2017

If You Want to Reach a Millennial…Lead With the Story

This has been a tough learning curve for me. Like so many other leadership and motivational speakers, I have stood before many audiences and said, “The longest 15” trip in the world is from our heads to our hearts.” I believed it. That’s why I said it. After all, it had always been true in my experience. In my world, the facts (or mind) led….

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Truth Matters. Your Two Target Markets…
Nov

1

2017

Truth Matters. Your Two Target Markets…

During the 25 years I ran my advertising agency we often spoke of an advertiser’s “target markets.” By this we referred the age, income levels, genders, etc. of the people we hoped to reach with our message. Saying with our advertising metaphor, you need to understand that each of us has two target markets. We should determine to be a ferocious truth teller with both:…

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The Great Divide in Today’s Workforce…and How to Deal With It.
Oct

24

2017

The Great Divide in Today’s Workforce…and How to Deal With It.

There is a great chasm in our culture. This is the reason fifty-five-year-old bosses are clueless when it comes to motivating and dispatching their younger workforce. This is why parents feel adrift when communicating with their pre-teen and teenage children. This is why we don’t get along. What causes this? It is the cultural divide between Modernists and Post-Modernists. In case these are terms with…

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Four Tips for Handling Change
Oct

17

2017

Four Tips for Handling Change

Following are four tips that have helped me deal with change. You may want to consider using some of them the next time you are faced with a “change moment.” 1) Don’t wait for all the details. Good leaders want lots of details before they make a decision. That’s great…up to a point. Despite one’s best efforts, in most situations it’s impossible to get all…

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Fast-Forward Leadership Means Not Being Swayed By Herd-Think
Oct

10

2017

Fast-Forward Leadership Means Not Being Swayed By Herd-Think

Most of the failed people whom I’ve known have been herd thinkers. So, one of the things I warn audiences about is this phenomenon where people all do the same thing. A prime example is people buying the same investment that lots of other people are buying…not because it makes logical sense, but because everyone else is buying it. At the base of this behavior…

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