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When you’re waaaay out in front

Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, served two separate terms during the years our country entered world wars. Many of her cutting-edge ideas became accepted, but many were still considered radical.

8 movies for the bold and ambitious

One leadership motivation tool that never gets dull is the movie that documents the true story of someone who overcame brutal challenges to become a legend. Here are a few of our favorites.

The pleasures of very sore feet

When is the last time you took a trip not because of its obvious pleasures, but despite the difficulties you knew it would bring?

The dark moment that may define you

Here are Morey Stettner’s simple action steps so that one day—hopefully no time soon—we can be of immense value to a staff searching for answers and comfort.


Today's Leadership Tip

We all know that a postmortem is conducted to find out what went wrong. A premortem is done like this: When you’re about to venture upon a major project, ask team members one question: “It’s one year from now and this thing has failed miserably. What happened?” Asking only for negative possibilities frees people to speak more bluntly since they know it’s pointless to temper their views. Premortems may well save you much heartache down the road.


Q. My efforts to motivate people are not doing so great, and I have a feeling what would work better is a bit of showy exuberance, or a fiery display of some kind to break the calm around here. How can something like this backfire?

Emotions didn't use to have a place in the business world ... but not anymore. People with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time. Why? Emotional intelligence. Watch the video now.

One way to define the role of a coach is to “take people where they can’t go themselves.” I think that is a pretty good definition,…

Three actions to adopt with your team.

Q: “My co-worker, ‘Carly,’ has very bad breath. If she comes into my office for even a few minutes, the odor is still there after she leaves. This is really bothering me, but I don't know how to tell her about it.” Gagging