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Published on: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Michelle M. Smith: “Stop the Insanity”

Posted By: William Flamme
Filed Under: leadership, tony vlahos, michelle m smith
Michelle M. Smith has made a commitment to "stop the insanity of short-term thinking and to instead do what's really right for the organization." She wants us all to look at all the stakeholders to determine where the opportunities lie and more importantly, what's the right thing to do – for shareholders, customers, employees, vendors, communities and the planet.

Smith is a respected authority on internal branding, leadership and employee engagement, has a well-considered view on the need for authentic leadership and relationships.

Check out her interview with ExecuNet's Tony Vlahos, in which she shares her insights on:


As part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a bi-weekly teleconference called Six-Figure Hotline where members call in to ask the questions keeping them up at night, and to gain market and trend insight from the career experts who join me in talking about issues that are important to executives today.

In one such teleconference, I was joined by Patricia Romboletti, an ExecuNet networking meeting facilitator and executive career search expert, and a member asked us, "For those who do not enjoy networking, how can they effectively improve their networking skills?"


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.


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