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The power of intention

How to Motivate and Inspire

In my experience with new leaders, the question they most often seem to grapple with is how to motivate other people. Once they take a broader approach, they consider how to inspire. Inspiration is the real test of leadership. Motivation creates a willingness to act. Leaders who motivate open the door to action and compliance. Inspiration […]

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Donald Trump’s Emotional Intelligence 

I was interested to see Kelly Meerboot’s guest column in the Philadelphia Business Journal entitled, Does Trump need a dose of “emotional intelligence?” In it, she outlines the Donald’s politically incorrect comments and concludes with the following: “Polls seem to indicate voters like the idea of a successful executive vs. a career politician leading America, […]

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Why Mindfulness Matters

Why Mindfulness Matters: Executive Presence

Possibly the most important of the Six Positions of Power and Influence I have outlined in my work is Mindfulness or being Centered, which opens the door to emotional connection with oneself and others. Mindfulness allows a leader to focus and remain calm in times of stress or conflict as I described in my article about Charles deGaulle, When Leadership […]

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How Leaders Inspire in a World of Cynicism

How Leaders Inspire in a World of Cynicism

In the book Leadership Presence (2004), Halpern and Lubar mention that they always start their management and leadership workshops with a question about what participants hope to gain from improved leadership presence. The most consistent participant response is the desire to “be more inspiring.” They describe that sentiment as the “universal desire among those who […]

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Are Enemies of Learning Holding You Back

What Prevents Leaders From Moving Forward?

Confusing information with learning. A great deal of formal educational includes learning facts and information, much of which is retained for only a few days. Genuine learning includes not only facts and concepts, but it also means taking on new behavior that becomes comfortable over time. Ideally, learning leads to wisdom—judicious thought and decisions based […]

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