Simplification made simple

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It doesn’t seem that long ago that people were planning a memorial service for JC Penney. But things seem to be heading the right way after Marvin Ellison became CEO in August 2015. One of the things that Ellison brought over from Home Depot was the importance of simplifying things. At JC Penney, they call it “Project  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 9/28/16

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Independent business blogs are blogs that aren’t supported by an organization like a magazine, newspaper, company, or business school. Those people provide lots of great content, but they don’t need any additional exposure. In this post, every week, I bring you posts of quality from excellent bloggers that  »  Read More

By and About Leaders: 9/27/16

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I think that one of the best ways to learn leadership isn’t studying “leadership” at all. Instead, study individual leaders in their natural habitat and decide what they do that you want to try. Articles by and about leaders and interviews with them are mini-case studies that show you an actual leader in  »  Read More

Review of Leading Jesus’ Way

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Three things impressed me when Mark Deterding and I had our first discussions about the book that became Leading Jesus’ Way: Become the Servant Leader God Created You to Be. First, Mark had a successful career in business and poured what he learned into the book. Second, Mark road-tested the material for five years in  »  Read More

Leadership Reading to Start Your Week: 9/26/16

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Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms, to start off your work week. I’m pointing you to articles about leadership, strategy, industries, innovation, women and work, and work and learning now and in the future. Highlights  »  Read More

Stories and Strategies from Real Life: 9/22/16

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Some of the best learning happens when you read stories about real people and real companies. Read them for ideas, for lessons, and inspiration. This week’s stories and strategies from real life are about Lucky Shot USA, JonnyPops, Sephora, PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy, and ITT Technical Institutes. From Kyle Arnold:  »  Read More

Vince Lombardi’s Most Important Lesson

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When Vince Lombardi took over the Green Bay Packers in 1959, things had been going bad there for quite a while. For more than ten years, the team had been on a downward slide. The year before Lombardi took over was their worse season ever. They won only one game. They were so bad that the year’s top draft picked opted to  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 9/21/16

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Independent business blogs are blogs that aren’t supported by an organization like a magazine, newspaper, company, or business school. Those people provide lots of great content, but they don’t need any additional exposure. In this post, every week, I bring you posts of quality from excellent bloggers that  »  Read More

By and About Leaders: 9/20/16

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I think that one of the best ways to learn leadership isn’t studying “leadership” at all. Instead, study individual leaders in their natural habitat and decide what they do that you want to try. Articles by and about leaders and interviews with them are mini-case studies that show you an actual leader in  »  Read More

Book Review: Smarter, Faster, Better

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I’ve tracked my own personal productivity by one means or another since I was in my teens. I’m now 70. So, I’ve learned a lot along the way. But there’s always more to learn. I picked up Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business to learn more. I read Charles Duhigg’s book on  »  Read More

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