When people hear the title of CEO, those three letters that command respect, they tend to imagine a relentless titan on a quest for entrepreneurial greatness. What comes to mind is the fiery temperament of a visionary like Steve Jobs, or the competitive drive of a leader like Travis Kalanick. Instead, they shared more traditional qualities, such as a strong sense of self-awareness, prioritization skills and, most of all, a willingness to listen and hear new ideas from their fellow leaders.
Ten-year CEO studies conducted by a team of psychologists, economists, statisticians, and data scientists don’t come along every day It turns out that being decisive is more important than you ever imagined for unlocking peak performance.
Change is hard. Leading change is even harder. Don’t let culture be an afterthought. Use it!
Though well-intentioned, that’s why over half of major transformation efforts fail. Why? Many reasons can include but aren’t limited to a bad strategy, a weak culture lacking trust and accountability, poor communication, low levels of buy-in, change fatigue and competing priorities. But one area where many company leaders fail regularly is learning how to leverage the company culture to drive change.
Our collective consciousness is defined by great leaders. Think about some of today’s most recognizable household names: Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, Richard Branson. All have ascended to the top of business and achieved quasai-celebrity status, forging new ideas and products that shape the way we live today. Here Bryan Adams, no, the other one, is writing for Inc exploring what these great leaders have in common.
It’s the combination of mental, business, and measurement models that enables real transformation. The airline industry is a cautionary tale of what happens when companies emulate new business models without bringing over the associated mental models.
Mentors, you want big box-office for the time you spend outside of that box you call an office on mentoring, right? (See what I did there?) Here’s the mission briefing for becoming a SuperMentor:
When you think about it, this quote makes perfect business sense. But it’s so rare and hard to find.
Excessive focus exhausts the focus circuits in your brain. The brain operates optimally when it toggles between focus and unfocus.
Emotional intelligence is an underrated quality for entrepreneurs, and a crucial one for employees. But, why is this quality important, and how can you tell if you have it?
Were you to ask any great leader in the world for his or her secret to success, the answer would be simple: listening. That’s because the best leaders aren’t necessarily the best at speaking, in order to dictate, but rather listening, to understand.