Archives from January 2009

Cass Wheeler on How to Achieve Purpose Beyond Profit

The CEO of one of America's most respected organizations shows how to go from good to great.

January 30, 2009 / Podcast # 09-05

Cass Wheeler

We all know that the definition for success in the corporate world is fairly straightforward. To be considered great, companies first need to turn a profit. For organizations in the social sector, however, the challenge is much bigger. To be truly effective, they must stay relevant and, above all, stay true to their mission. For the past thirty-five years, Cass Wheeler has ensured that the American Heart Association has fulfilled its calling to save lives and educate the public about heart disease by adopting some of the same strategies used in the for-profit sector.
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Geoff Colvin on Why Talent is Overrated

The real answer to why some people are great at what they do.

January 23, 2009 / Podcast # 09-04

Geoff Colvin

Why are some people – Tiger Woods, Warren Buffett, Yo-Yo Ma – so incredibly accomplished at what they do, while millions of others in those same fields never become very good? Why are some people so extraordinarily creative and innovative? Why can some continue to perform great at ages when conventional wisdom would deem it impossible?

Those are the questions Geoff Colvin set out to answer in Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else.
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Ralph Sink on How to Bring Back High-Performance Management

Participative management has proven its remarkable capabilities again and again. So why is it passing into obscurity?

January 16, 2009 / Podcast # 09-03

Ralph Sink

“The high-performance systems ap­proach — also known as self-organizing teams and participative management — endows people throughout an enterprise with the skills, understanding, processes, and authority they need to make their own decisions on behalf of quality and business success, instead of having all the ideas and commands flow from the top,” writes Ralph Sink in his thought-provoking article “My Unfashionable Legacy,” published in Strategy+Business. Read more…


John Baldoni on How to Lead by Example

Ways Great Leaders Inspire Results

January 9, 2009 / Podcast # 09-02

John Baldoni

Taking over the top job, whether it’s the CEO of a company or the manager of a department, is never easy. When done the right way, it results in inspired leadership; when done the wrong way, it can lead to disaster. To be effective, the people in charge must give their team a reason to believe in their talents and their ability to get people to work together.

In Lead by Example, recognized leadership guru John Baldoni reveals the traits and abilities leaders need to know to inspire others to follow them. Read more…


Alex Kjerulf on How to Love Your Job, Love Your Life and Excel All Year Long

Once upon a time, happiness at work was considered a luxury. Today, both companies and individuals are discovering that it's essential.

January 6, 2009 / Podcast # 09-01

Alex Kjerulf

When people love their jobs, they are more productive, creative and motivated. They’re also happier in life. Similarly, happy companies find they are more efficient, innovative and make more money than their unhappy competitors.

Alex Kjerulf is one of the world’s leading expert on happiness at work. He is the author of Happy Hour is 9 to 5 – How to Love Your Job, Love Your Life and Kick Butt at Work Read more…