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Published on: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Emotional Adventure of Leadership

Posted By: Peter Bregman
Filed Under: leadership, peter bregman, emotional risk
I was lost.

I looked at the map and my heart raced as I admitted to myself — only to myself — that I had no idea where I was. It felt too humiliating to let the others know.

This was the summer of 1990 and I was leading a group of students on a 30-day mountaineering expedition. It was the first day of our trip and the students had no experience in the outdoors. They were relying on me. My anxiety level had been creeping up and was now at full tilt.

We were already one hour late for our rendezvous with two other groups with whom we planned to camp and we had been hiking for about three hours. Where were we?


Published on: Monday, October 20, 2014

Chip Conley: Lessons From a Radical Entrepreneur

Posted By: William Flamme
Filed Under: innovation, william flamme, william flammé, entrepreneur, chip conley
As founder of Joie de Vivre, a boutique hotel chain in San Francisco, Chip Conley disrupted the hotel industry by growing his company into the second largest boutique hotel chain in the United States. His creative and disruptive spirit comes from his belief that business needs to create a sense of meaning and emotional connection with customers and employees. "Life and business," he said "is all about where you pay your attention."


Published on: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It’s Time to Address the Age Issue Head On

Posted By: Mark Anderson
Filed Under: mark anderson, job search, age bias, jean erickson walker
You've been working for a long time now... and you are really good at what you do. So why is it that when you interview you are being told, or can sense, that you are "overqualified" — as if that's a problem?!?

With an average membership age in the low 50s, we keep hearing that question from members in job search who we are in contact with. For a variety of reasons, being perceived as having too much experience, aka being "too old," is a problem executive job seekers struggle to overcome.


Published on: Monday, October 13, 2014

Peter Sims: The Origins of Breakthrough Ideas

Posted By: William Flamme
Filed Under: innovation, william flamme, william flammé, peter sims
The modern industrial corporation is well-suited to executing on known problems but poorly equipped to execute on discovery, experimentation and entrepreneurship. Companies and people today need to be more creative and entrepreneurial in order to meet with success. Peter Sims, coauthor with Bill George of the bestseller True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership and a member of General Electric's Innovation Advisory Panel, shared his views on the real life dynamics behind the creative process.

"Innovation and discovery in general don't often come in three to five million dollar chunks," said Sims. He warned that when you are doing something new you can't put it into a spreadsheet. Predicting how people will respond is an uncertain venture at best. It is better to place a series of small bets than to place a large bet. It is like in — — the batter is better off trying to get on base than swinging for the fences looking for a homerun. Small, concrete bets that you can learn from to drive discovery, with a hit rate of about 6 percent is a better approach.


Published on: Friday, October 10, 2014

The Best Strategy for Reducing Stress

Imagine you're sailing in the Bahamas, sipping a cold drink and listening to the water lapping the sides of the boat.

Relaxing, right? Not for my friend Rob.*

Rob is not usually stressed-out. For many people, Rob's daily work would be hair-pulling stressful — he's a real estate developer who routinely deals with a multitude of nagging problems related to renters, banks, lawsuits, property management, and rapidly changing valuations. But Rob routinely handles it all with steadiness and perspective.


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