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Published on: Friday, November 07, 2014

How to Speak More Strategically

Posted By: Peter Bregman
Filed Under: leadership, communication, peter bregman, emotional courage
 
It had been three weeks since my throat started to feel sore, and it wasn't getting better. The pain was most acute when I spoke. So I decided to spend a few days speaking as little as possible. Every time I had the urge to say something, I paused for a moment to question whether it was worth irritating my throat.

This made me acutely aware of when and how I use my voice. Which led me to a surprising discovery: I spend considerable energy working against my own best interests. And if my experience listening to others is any indication, so do you.

 

Published on: Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The Mental Whetstone: Unconventional Ways to Hone Your Wits

Posted By: Laura Stack
Filed Under: productivity, laura stack
 
No doubt about it: you have to keep your wits sharp to successfully lead a team. Some experts claim that doing tough mental exercises will help you sharpen your mind: the New York Times crossword, Sudoku, logic puzzles, reading, learning new tasks, taking classes, and so on. While there's nothing wrong with any of those activities, some scientists say these studies are flawed — the jury's still out on that.

I tend to intuitively believe the studies that show dementia and Alzheimer's have large genetic components, so I'm always eager to know how to keep my wits sharp. But the way I look at it, I'm getting plenty of mental stimulation from the challenges of running a business and doing my job on a daily basis.

 

Published on: Monday, November 03, 2014

Scott Anthony: Leave Your Comfort Zone

Posted By: William Flamme
Filed Under: leadership, innovation, anthony vlahos, scott anthony, innosight
 
Scott Anthony, managing partner of innovative consulting firm Innosight and author of The First Mile: A Launch Manual for Getting Great Ideas into the Market, sat down with ExecuNet's CMO Anthony Vlahos to talk about being an innovative leader in today's world.

 

Published on: Friday, October 31, 2014

10 Reasons Why Customers Will Pay More…

Posted By: Geoffrey James
Filed Under: sales, geoffrey james, product branding, customers
 
Customers always want to pay as little as possible, right? Not so fast. Customers often willingly pay more for a product even when they can get a functionally similar (or even identical) product elsewhere for less. Here's why:

 

Published on: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Staying Amazed

Posted By: Erika Andersen
Filed Under: leadership, erika andersen
 
Tomorrow my husband and I are flying to Hong Kong. I have client work to do there, and he was able to take the time off (since he's now his own boss) to join me. We were talking this morning about what a pain it's going to be, having to be stuck on an airplane for 16 hours. But at least, we noted, we're traveling in business class, and so will be able to get some sleep.

Then I started thinking about my dad's dad's parents, two young immigrants from Denmark, Nils Andersen and Mina Jenson, who met working on a farm in upstate New York. They married, saved their money, bought a wagon, and traveled to Nebraska to start a new life on a farm of their own — taking advantage of the Homestead Act that offered free land to anyone who filed a claim and lived there for five years. It took them — and this is the point of the story — just over two months to make the journey.

 

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