Summer Reading: Lessons from my father’s reading plan

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My father was a Lutheran pastor, and a pastor’s life is a busy one. It’s filled with sermon preparations and visits and meetings of all kinds. Even with his hectic schedule, my father was a voracious reader. He normally read two or three books a week. Some reading was related to his work as a pastor. He also loved  »  Read More

Leadership Reading to Start Your Week: 6/12/17

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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

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Read fiction

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Sure, it’s important to keep up with your business reading, but you should read some fiction, too. It’s fun and it engages you. You get lost in fiction in a way you usually won’t with factual material. The good news is that reading fiction will help you become a better leader, too. Researchers from the  »  Read More

What hath Amazon wrought (so far)?

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Amazon went public in 1997. If you invested $10,000 in the S&P 500 on that day, your investment would be worth about $30,000 today. You’d have done better if you had invested in Apple. Then you’d have a whopping 2.5 million-dollar nest egg. But if you invested the same amount of money in Amazon, and held it  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 6/7/17

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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

Leaders and Strategies in Real Life: 6/6/17

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Instead of studying leadership, why not spend some time studying leaders and strategies in the wild? You can learn a lot from leadership experts, but you always see the leader and what he or she does through the expert’s personal lens. Supplement that learning with studying real leaders in real life situations and draw  »  Read More

Intentional Reading: How do you choose what books to read?

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The Intentional Reading Panel weighed in with their answers to the question “How do you choose what books to read?” We all had our own unique method, but we had several things in common. All of us used recommendations from trusted sources to start our search. We did research to enrich and test the recommendations. And  »  Read More

Leadership Reading to Start Your Week: 6/5/17

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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

Boss’s Tip of the Week: The Learning Loop

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If you want to learn to do new things, you need to try things, not just understand them. The Learning Loop consists of three actions. I use the acronym PARR to remember them. Plan what you will do. Act. If you’re just learning, it’ probably won’t be perfect. That’s OK. Learn by doing and … Review  »  Read More

Leadership lessons from watching a great cook

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I love to eat. Which is why one of the special blessings of my life is being married to a great cook. The way the Princess learned and learns to cook has several lessons about mastering any worthwhile set of skills, including leadership. Mastery takes time. You don’t become a great cook all at once. My wife began  »  Read More

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