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Clark Conine

Leadership and career
February 27, 2017

The Importance of Couching Your Strategy

By: Linda Henman On August 2, 2016 the Rio Olympics gave us a gift: the perfect metaphor for the intersection of absurdity and danger — a kayaker capsized after hitting a rogue sofa in Guanabara Bay.  Apparently, although highly skilled and highly trained, this particular kayaker had no knowledge or…
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Leadership and career
February 3, 2017

Are You Tough Enough to Cross the Rubicon?

By: Linda Henman During the Roman republic, the river Rubicon marked the boundary between the Roman province of Cisalpine Gaul to the northeast and Italy proper to the south. The river distinguished not only the geographic boundaries for the province but also the military restrictions for governors and magistrates. Therefore, rulers required generals to disband…
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Leadership and career
January 6, 2017

Don’t Let Employees Break Your Engagement

By: Linda Henman In virtually every industry, productivity ebbs and flows, depending on myriad factors. When we see these fluctuations, we rightly conclude that they have occurred because of an increase or decrease in employment engagement. We also hear countless suggestions for getting this right—for correcting the ebbs and banking…
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Leadership and career
December 19, 2016

Get More Without Settling for Less

By: Linda Henman Conquerors tend not to enjoy a laudable place in the history books, but they do offer lessons in how to get more without settling for less. Pilots refer to PNR—the point of no return. This technical term in air navigation refers to the point in a flight…
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Hiring
November 28, 2016

Are You Creating Your Own Culture Traps?

By: Linda Henman When people talk about the inner contradictions of an organization, they frequently refer to "culture," that omnipresent word that describes all pleasant and unpleasant byproducts of decisions. But they seldom identify the real problem: the decisions that create the traps. Here are 10 examples of how that…
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Leadership and career
October 21, 2016

10 Ways to Mentor Clever People

By: Linda Henman If you played sports in school, did the coach play everyone equally? Create an egalitarian form of governance in which each person had a say? Or, did the stars — the ones who had the innate athletic ability and drive to put it into action — receive a disproportionate…
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Recruiting
October 5, 2016

Just Say “No” to Interim CEOs

By: Linda Henman Last September, Chief Executive Jeff Smisek and two senior officials of United Airlines stepped down in response to a federal investigation into whether the airline had traded favors with the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The scandal involved United agreeing to reinstate money-losing…
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Leadership and career
September 26, 2016

Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better, Part 1

By: Taunee Besson Q : I’ve heard that small companies always lead our country out of recessions, yet the media tells us little about this workforce “best kept secret.” What is the case for giving up the big-business power and perks to move to a smaller organization? A: Anthony M.…
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Leadership and career
September 21, 2016

4 Things You Can’t Ignore When Making Tough Calls

By: Linda Henman However, when leaders understand that they must make the tough, often unpopular calls, and then have the courage to do so, organizational excellence can take root. These successful tough calls have four constructs: moral compass, sound judgment, fortitude and experience. A strong moral compass demands that leaders…
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Leadership and career
September 19, 2016

Successful, Yet Unhappy and Bored

By: Taunee Besson Q: I am a national sales manager of a medium-sized company. I rose from the ranks, overcoming every obstacle to attain my success. Yet my success is empty. I make a wonderful salary, am respected by my peers and enjoy a fine reputation in my industry. My…
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