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Whenever someone would come to John Addison with a crisis he would always ask “how many people died?” The answer was always zero. It’s all about perspective. It’s easy to be a leader in good times but in the bad, the leaders with the positive attitude will be able to weather the storm. John Addison is renowned for his insight and wisdom on leadership, personal development and success. He was the former co-chief executive officer of Primerica from 1999-2015, emerged as a leader shortly after joining the company in the early 1980’s. During his more than 25-year tenure at Primerica, John rose in management and was critical to helping the company transition after the departure of its founder. Following the financial crisis of 2008, he spearheaded the process of separating from Citigroup. These efforts culminated with a successful IPO in 2010 that was 22 times oversubscribed.
At Cisco employees aren’t promoted above a certain level unless they’ve shown, with quantifiable data, that they’re able to connect with their customers. Not every company is this extreme but being able to connect with coworkers, vendors, and customers is crucial to success at work. Carmine Gallo is here to talk about his new book and how being able to tell a great and compelling story is a key skill in today’s workplace. Best-selling author, Carmine Gallo is also a former reporter and anchor for CNN and CBS. He has sat down with many of the most dynamic and respected business leaders of our time. In these interviews, Carmine gained insight into what makes a great leader. He formed Gallo Communications with the mission of helping business leaders discover and apply the untapped power of effective communications. Communications is a multi-faceted art form. From internal relationships to press conferences, from rallying investors to counseling employees, from inspiring greatness to managing crisis, managers need to educate, motivate and persuade.
We’ve all sat through really boring presentations. Kenny Nguyen‘s mission is to make sure that never happens again. He’s here with some tips for how to prepare and present in an interesting way, so you never have to present a presentation you’d dread having to sit through yourself. Kenny builds partnerships with powerful brands and shares his entrepreneurial tips with the community through outlets like TEDx, Forbes, and Huffington Post. He co-founded Big Fish Presentations after hearing the “worst presentation he had ever seen” and now leads ThreeSixtyEight in its mission to help brands rediscover their creative confidence.
How does Sydney Finelstein, author of Superbosses, define a leader? To him, a leader is someone who creates other leaders. When everyone around you is growing their leadership skills, you can’t help but get better yourself. Listen for more tips on leadership and more examples of successful superbosses. Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he teaches courses on Leadership and Strategy. He is also the Faculty Director of the flagship Tuck Executive Program, and has experience working with executives at a number of other prestigious universities around the world. He holds degrees from Concordia University and the London School of Economics, as well as a Ph.D. from Columbia University in strategic management.
Complacency is a real problem in the workforce but panicking and crying wolf to combat it doesn’t work. What John Kotter, author of That’s Not How We Do It Here!, calls “sustained urgency” will eventually wear off and complacency will set in again. Instead, as research as shown, positive energy can be sustained over time without fading away. John has this and other tips for us on how to calibrate your management style to your company and the issues at hand. Regarded by many as the authority on leadership and change, John P. Kotter is a New York Times best-selling author, award winning business and management thought leader, business entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and Harvard Professor. His ideas, books, speeches, and company, Kotter International, have helped mobilize people around the world to better lead organizations, and their own lives, in an era of increasingly rapid change.
Flip-flopping has been seen as a negative trait for years. Al Pittampalli, author of the new book Persuadable, is here to tell you that being able to change your mind is not a weakness. In a world that is changing faster than ever, being able to adapt your thinking to new evidence is actually a strength and a very important one. Al Pittampalli is the author of Read This Before Our Next Meeting, a manifesto for transforming the way organizations hold meetings. As a business consultant, Al has helped organizations like NASA, Boeing, Hertz, and Nokia adapt to a fast-changing world. He is a former IT advisor at Ernst & Young LLP and lives in New York City.
Diversity leads to innovation but it doesn’t happen magically. It’s about more than just getting people into the same room, it’s about creating an environment that fosters the free exchange of ideas. Dr. David Livermore, author of the new book Driven by Difference, published by AMACOM, is here to talk about how to foster an environment that nurtures ideas from all your people. David Livermore, Ph.D., is President and Partner at the Cultural Intelligence Center, a consultancy at the forefront of CQ assessment and development. The author of Leading with Cultural Intelligence, he has been cited by The Economist, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
Jason Wingard, author of Learning to Succeed: Rethinking Corporate Education in a World of Unrelenting Change, has a formula for how to keep up with the ever-changing business environment. On this episode he lays out a concise training strategy and how to overcome barriers to learning integration, with great tips for how to keep up with the expanding global market. Jason Wingard is the author of Learning to Succeed: Rethinking Corporate Education in a World of Unrelenting Change and Learning for Life: How Continuous Education Will Keep Us Competitive in the Global Knowledge Economy. He is the dean of the school of continuing education at Columbia University and former Vice Dean of the Wharton School, overseeing the education of more than 10,000 executives annually.
John Maxwell doesn’t want you to set goals. Goals, once met, tend to stagnate. Even the process of setting a new goal takes up too much time. Instead, he wants you to be growth oriented. If you live your life with the intention of always being better the results will get you further than any goal you set. John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 25 million books in 50 languages. In 2014 he was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. He has also been voted the top leadership professional in the world on LeadershipGurus.net for six consecutive years. As the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and The John Maxwell Leadership Foundation, he has trained more than 5 million leaders. In 2015, he reached the milestone of having trained leaders from every country of the world. The recipient of the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, John speaks each year to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business leaders. Follow him at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell.
“If you don’t do, somebody else will.” There is no company that is too big to fail. There will be outside forces coming that will either be competitors or change the landscape of industry, it’s only a matter of time. Ram Charan, author of The Attacker’s Advantage, joins us to talk about how to get out ahead of competition and adapt to all changes. Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including GE, MeadWestvaco, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, and Grupo RBS, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem. His real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable—the kind of advice you can use Monday morning.
Herminia Ibarra wants you to get an outside opinion. For your business strategies and your professional development, it’s important to ask questions and consider alternatives to what’s already been done. As Ibarra says in her book Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, the most common mistake leaders can do is be too introspective. While it’s important, it’s equally important to ask around, get feedback, and change accordingly. Herminia Ibarra is the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning, and Professor of Organizational Behavior at INSEAD. Prior to joining INSEAD she served on the Harvard Business School faculty for thirteen years. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils, a judge for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, and Chairs the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School. Thinkers 50 ranked Ibarra #9 among the most influential business gurus in the world.
We’ve all encountered a performance review a few times in our life. So often that conversation is about things the employee needs to stop doing. Rarely do bosses and their employees discuss what the employee wants to do more of. That’s where Richard Finnegan’s Stay Interview concept comes in. Detailed in his new book, The Stay Interview, published by AMACOM, this kind of discussion increases transparency and therefore retention of the quality employees before they start heading out the door. Richard P. Finnegan is the CEO of C-Suite Analytics, a consultancy specializing in engagement and retention solutions. He has been cited by BusinessWeek and Chief Executive as the leading thinker on employee retention. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cass Sunstein defines “groupthink” as “when you have a group of people whose members don’t disclose what they actually know” and instead make a decision based on what they think is popular to the group as a whole. This conformity can be disastrous. Luckily Sunstein is here to talk about his new book Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter and how to make informed decisions. Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations.
Devora Zack wants you to stop multi-tasking right now. In fact, you weren’t even multi-tasking, you were task-switching. Moving from one project to another always requires a mental reset and even if it’s only momentary those moments add up and take time out of your day. Instead, put all your energy into one task at a time. You’ll get more work done better by doing what Devora calls Singletasking. Devora Zack, CEO of OCC, Inc., is an expert speaker, strategy consultant, and executive coach. She is the author of Networking for People Who Hate Networking and Managing for People who Hate Managing. She is a certified practitioner in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Ms. Zack has also worked as an investigative reporter, emergency counselor, actress, and disc jockey in the U.S. and Italy.
David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, uses lists so he doesn’t have to make a plan. This may seem counter-intuitive but it’s actually extremely intuitive thinking. As soon as something crosses your mind it it best to deal with it immediately in the most appropriate way. Most of the time that means writing an action item down on a list to do later. But addressing thoughts as they occur to you, even if that just means acknowledging it and planning on saving it for later, frees up your mind so the real critical thinking can be done on issues that really matter. David Allen is a productivity consultant who is best known as the creator of the time management method known as “Getting Things Done”. He is the founder of the David Allen Company, which is focused on productivity, action management and executive coaching. His “Getting Things Done” method is part of his coaching efforts. Allen has written four books, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, which describes his productivity program, Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life, a collection of newsletter articles he has written, Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life, a follow-up to his first book and in 2015 a completely rewritten version of his first book Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity was published.