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The wealth of effective leadership

“Most men can stand adversity, very few men can stand success” – Walter SachsOver the years, I have quietly studied some of the greatest American organizational leaders from the corporate to non-profit sector.  Due to my strides to be a great entrepreneur and leader, I knew that I had to be a devoted student and go through history to study the blueprints that past leaders left behind, so that one day the blueprint I create can share the same paper in the books that will be studied.The title...
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For the pursuit of excellence

"WE ARE WHAT WE REPEATEDLY DO. EXCELLENCE, THEN, IS NOT AN ACT, BUT A HABIT."― ARISTOTLEIn Mike Tyson’s early career as a boxer, he stated this in an interview: “No one wants to get up at 4:00am in the morning when it’s pitch dark, but it has to be done. The only reason why I do it so early is because I believe the other guy isn’t doing it. And that gives me a little edge. The most difficult part about fighting is the training because, believe it or not, the easiest part about fighting is t...
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Why sharing is caring

Leadership. Photo: Brainwells We do not know about you, but we LOVE being part of the knowledge economy. Especially these days when SHARING is a big part of the game.Sharing knowledge in this way is a fairly new concept, but still it is easy to get stuck in the old way of thinking about this. We are so used to holding back on ideas and insights and to share them only with a few. Most people do not understand how anyone can share valuable advice for free. Sometimes we even start thinking tha...
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Using silence to stamp out stress

Personal development. Photo: Yayimages To really shape the odds in one’s favor, it’s vital to have all the elements of life in balance and harmony: cue the work-life balance theory. There’s a lot of advice out there regarding achieving work-life balance, and the chances are, if you’re an entrepreneur, you’re always super busy and finding time for yourself is either not easy and/or not a priority, but it really ought to be.Evidence suggests that high levels of unmanaged stress wreak hav...
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Don't aim to be less

 Aimlessness by definition means having no goal, purpose, or direction. Most of the time you will hear people tell you how there isn’t enough time in the day to do the list of things they “chose” to put on their To Do List. But rarely will you hear someone tell you with excitement the strategies they formulated to tackle their one big goal or why all the listed activities on their To Do List will help them become a master of their craft.It all comes down to having clear vision with the unde...
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The power of change management for digital transformation

The business leaders of today must understand that the road towards digital transformation is ALWAYS under construction. The reason this is true is because humans are always evolving. And if human evolve, so does their approach in various aspects of business. We are going to experience things all the time that will test us, challenge us, and change us. Change will always be the necessity of life and we have to always repair the damages or reconstruct areas in our businesses so that we can be bet...
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The battle of the 'Creative Genius' vs the 'Performing Machine'

Caption: BrainwellsIsn't it peculiar how you can sometimes create something new, solve a complex matter or suddenly get really important insights - just like that! Bam! Suddenly it's there - no stress, no hard work, it's just like - playing!Artists - like authors and painters - often report of incidents that feel like being in a trance or state of meditation while working, losing total control of time and space. Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of "Eat, Pray, Love," talks about this in the Ted vide...
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Avoiding the greatest mistakes in hiring a sales leader

  While there are many obstacles to growing a sustainable, successful company, the most impactful mistake often made by executives in organizations of all sizes, industries and locations, is in hiring the right sales leader. The following real world case example (using a fictional name) illustrates the impact of many of the common practices in selecting and managing a new sales leader.Choosing the Sales LeaderTeckno has had strong market adoption and customer penetration within Small t...
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Six ways to make your life as a modern leader easier

Caption: Leadership.Courage.Fun.Photo: brainwells.comKristine Maudal and Even Fossen – founders of the leadership training company Brainwells and authors of the blog LeadershipCourageFun  – share their top six tips for making your life as a modern leader easier.The idea that what we do at work should fill not only our bank accounts, but also our hearts, is gaining momentum. We are seeing this demand more and more often with our clients as an increasing number of sma...
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The Human Side of Strategy (The only way to go)

  The Human Side of StrategyStrategy starts with you. It must become a natural part of your everyday life and thus a part of the company’s DNA. Only then, can you start dreaming of the success that you deserve.As you know – strategy is a plan. A plan of how to reach your goals. It can be printed on paper. Or presented neatly on PowerPoint. But no matter how good your strategy and enchanting your presentations, to succeed you must first hit a chord with your employees. And make sure tha...
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