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If you are a leader working in an organization today, you are constantly riding the competition-cooperation seesaw. You must simultaneously cooperate (to get and keep clients, to get work done) and compete (for internal resources). Leaders who struggle with the competition-cooperation see-saw face constant anxiety, frustration and often career-ending jobs.
This week’s Grounded Leader, Pharrell Williams, had an incredible year. His song, Get Lucky, won big at the 2014 Grammys — Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. He also won Producer of the Year for the hit song, Blurred Lines. In the world of music and entertainment,
The high profile meeting of the minds going on at Davos is where you will find our Grounded Leader of the Week. You’ll find her blogging, interviewing, tweeting with and about today’s global leaders, issues and the future. These days, Arianna Huffington is definitely in a global state of mind.
Social and behavioral scientists want to know what makes leaders successful. In Grounded, Bob Rosen’s research clearly reveals that personal mastery, self awareness and openness to feedback are healthy roots embedded in successful leaders. Everyone has the capacity for personal mastery because it is a function of attitude, not DNA.
Key Lesson: Be authentic in how you interact with others and you will win both hearts and minds. Be your authentic self in all you say and do. That makes a socially healthy leader — and this week’s Grounded Leader does just that. Mary Barra’s commitment and belief in teaming has
He has the title “Chief Big Ass.” and he leads the tribe called Big Ass Fans. Carey Smith is the CEO of a fast growing Kentucky manufacturer of large industrial fans. The recession tested Chief Big Ass’ philosophy of people investment and management. Going against conventional wisdom, Big Ass Fans
Americans have an enduring taste for PBS’ Downton Abbey. This past Sunday was the premiere of Season 4. Trending everywhere on social media, the British period drama TV series depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era. The show’s timing reflects the growing
This week’s Grounded Leader, Graham McKay, was an “inquisitive internationalist,” a man who possessed the global literacies to expand his business at a time when his own country, South Africa, lacked a strong educational system. McKay had a dream to become a global player and needed to create a strong
Most leaders are measured by what they do in the world – their accomplishments and achievements, and their successful campaigns and enterprises. Nelson Mandela will be remembered for something very different and much more fundamental. We will remember him for who he was as a human being. In the words
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