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07 Sep

Your Executive Leadership Team Meetings Suck—Now What?

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

Call me an egomaniac but I have never attended a well-run executive leadership team meeting that I didn’t facilitate. And the reason is not because I am such a brilliant facilitator. No, the reason is because most CEOs and executive leadership teams are not even marginally skilled at the basics of facilitating a productive, worth-the-time

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16 Aug

Three Ways to Win a Gold Medal in Leadership

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

I don’t know about you, but I stayed up too late watching the Olympics. I couldn’t seem to get enough of Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Simone Biles and the rest of the athletes—big sports and small, medal winners and those who are happy just to be there. I loved the beauty of phenomenal athletic achievement and

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11 Aug

Mindfulness Tips for Logical Leaders (Inspired by Lieutenant Commander Data)

Chris OlsenBy Chris Olsen

Mindfulness has proven to be a powerful tool for leaders. Chief executives at large corporations like General Mills and Aetna have embraced the practice, implementing company-wide initiatives such as meditation and yoga to guide employees in becoming more mindful. The programs have resulted in happier workplaces, but have also increased profitability and sustainability. At The Bailey Group,

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02 Aug

How Leaders Respond to Failure

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

I am a recovering triathlete. Between 1995 and 2014 I completed over 50 triathlons and other multi-sport events ranging from sprint to half Ironman distance. In my prime, I was pretty competitive, frequently placing in the top of my age group and overall. In February of 2012, shortly after my 49th birthday, I had emergency surgery to

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15 Jul

Five Signs You Could Be Leading Like a Jerk

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

When we ask members of a team who THEY want as their leader, we hear a very consistent set of descriptors: someone who is trustworthy, authentic and respectful; listens to their point of view; truly values them as human beings; has good business savvy; and admits mistakes. Furthermore, they want a leader who allows them

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05 Jul

Eight Factors That Contribute to the Demise of CEOs

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

According to a study of CEO success conducted by Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2015, CEO turnover at the 2,500 largest companies in the world rose from 14.3 percent in 2014 to 16.6 percent in 2015—a record high for this particular study. The higher rate was driven by a combination of unusually strong mergers and acquisitions

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