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20 Feb

The Best CEOs Possess These Presidential Virtues

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

For the past several years, I have made a hobby of reading biographies of U.S. presidents. So far, I have studied all the 20th century presidents starting with Theodore Roosevelt, the first seven presidents (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Adams and Jackson), and Abraham Lincoln. In most polls ranking the “best” U.S. presidents, the top

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31 Jan

The Transformative Role of Mentorship in Business

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

On December 28, 2016, President Obama declared January 2017 National Mentoring Month. In his presidential proclamation he stated, “This month, we reflect on the transformative role mentorship can play and acknowledge the many ways that mentors have helped our next generation of leaders and innovators grow.” Mentoring often begins with students or young adults but

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23 Jan

Successful CEOs Get Their Hands Dirty During Strategy Execution

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

Question #1: Why are there referees in football, soccer, basketball and hockey and umpires in baseball? Answer: To enforce the rules and maintain order. Question #2: Why are referees and umpires allowed to call penalties, fouls and other infractions and “punish” offenders? Answer: Because influence alone is not enough. Without the power to impose consequences

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16 Jan

If Only Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Had Eaten a Slice of Pie

Danielle PaulsonBy Danielle Paulson

Almost exactly one year ago, my colleague blogged about the leadership trials and tribulations of several high-profile CEOs and the tough issues facing their organizations. Among them, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Target’s Brian Cornell and Volkswagen’s Martin Winkerhorn. Perhaps one of the most controversial names on the list was that of Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo.

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02 Jan

Mutiny on the Vikings

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

A leadership crisis appears to have erupted within the Minnesota Vikings. After the recent game against the Green Bay Packers, it was reported that members of the Vikings’ defense acted in defiance of Mike Zimmer’s game plan. (For those who don’t follow the Vikings closely, Mike Zimmer is in his second year as Vikings head coach

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