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LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM EDMUND HILLARY

Being First: Ten Innovation lessons from Mount Everest “Well George, we knocked the bastard off”. These were the first words of Edmund Hillary to his old friend George Low meeting him near the South Col of Mount Everest¹. It was just after his historic climb with his Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on May 29th 1953. George welcomed Ed with hot ...

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WHAT LEADERS DO IN THE FIRST HOUR OF A DAY

How much does the first hour of every day matter? As it turns out, a lot. It can be the hour you see everything clearly, get one real thing done, and focus on the human side of work rather than your task list. Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about ...

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LEADERSHIP IS ADAPTABLE, ACCEPTABLE AND APPLICABLE:

Rather than seeking to maintain the status quo during difficult times, the new book Adaptability by Max McKeown argues that successful organisations understand the value of responding to turbulence. This management-issues book explains that adaptability is ultimately about “looking reality in the face” and responding with experimentation rather than trying to avoid challenges: Nelson MANDELA very profoundly said, “It is ...

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WHO INVENTED CHICKEN POPCORN? HERE IS A MAN!!

Joshua MarstonEugene Gagliardi One night in the late 1960s, Eugene Gagliardi was lying awake in bed trying to figure out how to save his company. He was thinking about the Philly cheesesteak. Gagliardi ran a family business that sold hamburgers and other meat to restaurant chains in the Philadelphia area. But within the span of a few months, the company ...

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leaders must learn : strategy about saying "NO"

Strategy sounds like a complex subject.  It isn’t.  It boils down to one word – no. Strategy is about saying “no” to things that will distract you from reaching your destination.  Too often we become enamored with the latest cool new idea when it would actually be best to say no to pursuing it.  Why?  Resources (including focus and energy) ...

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THE SERVANT LEADERSHIP IS AN IDEA FOR THE YEAR 2012

Just when we need to empower front line knowledge workers to think for themselves and take more ownership, the last thing they need is to be served by their managers. John F. Kennedy got the direction of service the right way around when he said: “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for ...

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Leaders are fast learners even though they are at NO- 1

To Be Number One, Get the Right Number Two Picking a number two is among the most important decisions any leader makes. Getting it right shapes a leader’s direction, effectiveness, and legacy. In U.S. Presidential elections, the choice of a running mate can influence voter views of the candidate and shift the dialogue, as happened following Mitt Romney’s naming of ...

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Discipline always cut the distance between you and goals

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Why don’t successful people and organizations automatically become very successful? One important explanation is due to what I call “the clarity paradox,” which can be summed up in four predictable phases: Phase 1: When we really have clarity of purpose, it leads to success. Phase 2: When we have success, it leads to more options ...

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WHAT LEADER SHOULD FINISH BEFORE LUNCH?

12 Tasks That Killer Employees Always Finish Before Noon ! A recent study published in an American Psychological Association journal, Emotion, suggests that early birds are generally happier than night owls. More than 700 respondents, ranging from ages 17 to 79, were surveyed and asked about their emotional state, health, and preferred time of day. Self-professed “morning people” reported feeling ...

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8 THINGS SMALL BUSINESS MAN NEVER SAY TO CUSTOMER

Here are eight verbal slip-ups you should try with all your might never to make: 1. Mangle a client’s name. Nothing frustrates people more than hearing their name pronounced incorrectly—or called by another name altogether. This is perceived as a clear indication that you don’t care. Do your research in advance and know all the names (and pronunciations) of the people ...

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The History of Happiness

Artwork: Yue Minjun, The Massacre at Chios, 2001, oil on canvas, 300 x 220 cm A modern Russian adage holds that “a person who smiles a lot is either a fool or an American.” It’s true that when McDonald’s arrived in Russia, in 1990, one of its first tasks was to train clerks to seem cheerful. I’ve spent time since ...

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3 GREAT TIPS TO LEADERS : FOR RESPONDING TO FAILURE

Everyone reacts differently to failure: some immediately accuse others while some take the heat themselves, even if undeserved. Next time you and your team fail, resist the temptation to place blame. Take these three steps instead: Think before you act. Don’t respond immediately or impulsively. Doing so can make matters worse. Take the time to consider several possible interpretations of ...

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LEADERS PREFER TO DIE FOR CREDITABILITY

One of the most critical traits of an effective leader is credibility. If your team doesn’t believe in your ability to do your job, you’ll struggle to motivate them. Don’t assume your credibility is apparent. Make an effort to establish it from the beginning by showing your willingness to work hard, modeling the behaviors you’re trying to encourage in others, ...

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INDIAN INC. MUST LEARN DEATH BENEFITS PAY TO DEAD EMPLOYEES.

Google death benefits pay dead employees’ families for 10 years   NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Google treats its dead employees better than some companies do their living workers. Google’s unusual “death benefits” include paying the deceased’s spouse or domestic partner 50% of their salary for 10 years, the company’s “chief people officer” Laszlo Bock revealed in an interview this week ...

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Why boards fail to choose the right CEO

  Directors must seize control of CEO selection and pursue the task in a way that’s fundamentally new at most companies. Here are a few of the most critical steps boards need to take. Leo Apotheker lasted only 11 months at the top of Hewlett-Packard By Ram Charan FORTUNE — It’s becoming an epidemic: the dead-on-arrival CEO who is doomed ...

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Leaders who want to foster innovation should ask themselves these questions:

Most important  3 questions. 1. In my quest for the next big innovation, have I overlooked smaller incremental innovations that could still have a big impact on customer experiences or on employee productivity? 2. Do I reinvest my spare capacity into expanding my own knowledge, exploring future trends and learning from others? Or does my focus on performance and results ...

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TALE ME YOUR IDEA NOT ABOUT MIND : LEADER SAYS:

Tell Me Your Idea (and Don’t Mind the Silly Putty) By ADAM BRYANT This interview with Laurel J. Richie, president of the W.N.B.A., was conducted and edited by Adam Bryant. Earl Wilson/The New York Times Laurel J. Richie, president of the W.N.B.A., says she’s learned to encourage employees to express their own points of view. At meetings, she says, she ...

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leadership lessons from great swimming player Phelps

What Leaders Can Learn from Michael Phelps About Preparation August 2 2012 Most of the world knows by now that U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps broke the all-time record for most medals won by an Olympian in London this week. It’s a truly amazing achievement on Phelps’ part but, honestly, not one in which there are many legitimate leadership lessons. Seriously, ...

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3 most isnpirational story of leadership.

The first inspirational story is that of Sandeep Mehto, who hails from Pathrota village in the tribal area of Kesla in Madhya Pradesh, a state in central India. Mehto has been working diligently to build the foundation of rural India. Bharat Calling, his brainchild, is empowering underprivileged but bright students from villages in the poorest parts of India by helping ...

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What is the diffeence between management and leadership

Leadership and management must go hand in hand. They are not the same thing. But they are necessarily linked, and complementary. Any effort to separate the two is likely to cause more problems than it solves. Still, much ink has been spent delineating the differences. The manager’s job is to plan, organize and coordinate. The leader’s job is to inspire ...

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