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  • Leadership styles
    6 leadership styles: choose the right one for the situation
    Ever wondered how there are so many books and videos on management styles and techniques, and how they all claim to be right and yet are all different? The reason is not because most of them are full of bologna (although a lot of them are), it is...
  • Brands
    Would YOU Want to Work for YOU? book review
    Brenda Bence spent 20 years as a brand manager for Proctor & Gamble and Bristol-Myers Squibb. She has taken the knowledge gained in those corporations and translated it from products to people. She has written a series of books, all of which...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    How to See the Future First
    One of the biggest challenges innovators face is to truly understand the market opportunity space before they start creating a strategy and well in advance of product development. Since we can't see the future, we need to gain some real...
  • Workplace is not a sporting event
    If You Won't Listen Than You Won't Hear
    Sometimes saying SHUT UP is appropriate. I can’t hear you because I won’t stop talking…. Communication is a two way process and when you’re trying to share information with another person who is only content with hearing...
  • Daniel Burrus
    Why Martin Luther King, Jr. Did NOT Say, “I Have A Plan”
    Martin Luther King Monument DCWhen Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial fifty-two years ago and spoke to a great people about their greater future, he didn’t say, “I have a plan.” Instead, he shared...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    How to Develop the Next Generation of Innovators: Stop Treating Everyone the Sam
    You may have never heard of Joseph Schumpeter, an eccentric Austrian economist who taught at Harvard in the 1930s and 40s. But to those of us who study the strategic and financial dynamics of innovation, he is far more influential than his peers...
  • Daniel Burrus
    The New World of Cutthroat Apps
    There’s a new crop of apps intensifying competition among brick-and-mortar retailers by giving consumers a faster means of comparison and more advanced personalization. What this means is that businesses have to deal with the linear change...
  • Great Leaders' teams move in same direction efficiently and effectivley.
    How Successful Leaders Lead: What Really Matters – Part 1
    This is the first of a six part series. I promise if you take the time to really look at your typical ways of responding and tweak what you do and reflect on why you do certain things you will enter the ranks of esteemed and beloved leaders.Sounds...
  • What does your professional family tree look like?
    The most important role for a leader may surprise you
    “Your chance to critique the impact of what you did; or are about to do”Have you ever ran into somebody that you interviewed in the past and didn’t hire? Have you ever bumped into a newly crowned executive that wasn’t good...
  • Ten Best Presidents
    Greatness is achieved by effective leadership
    Politics has always been a full-contact sport and it is easy to see that one can become very beat-up and abused for standing on principle, particularly by the media. History has never been defined by great procrastinators or by great moderates...
  • Step of Faith to Future with Help from Professional Coach
    When Leaders do “NOT SEE” (say this fast and shudder!)
    Did you ever have to bite your tongue at work when someone annoys you? Did you ever want to call someone a bitch or stupid ass? Did you look away, walk away, or just compartmentalize and change the subject?We all get our buttons pushed and think...
  • Small Business of the Year
    Nominations for Kansas City's Small Business of the Year due by February 6
    The KC Chamber is seeking nominations from Kansas City-area companies for its Small Business of the Yearcompetition. Nominations are due by February 6 and all nominated businesses must have fewer than 250 employees and be a KC Chamber member to be...
  • Developing leaders at UPS
    Developing leaders at UPS
    A developing leader can learn a lot from Jovita Carranza. Jovita Carranza made herself a successful leader because, she flourished; knowing full-well in order to climb the corporate ladder of success; she must be willing to take advantage of all...
  • An eye on The White House
    Fresh approach to reporting ‘politics’ 2015
    Less is best. Here is what is in store for 2015 national politics examiner reporting. First, there is a change up in priorities. Instead of chasing the drivel as it is served up in the “Bullet” blender that is Washington which attempts...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    How to Lead Innovation like Superheroes: Knowing When Your Strength Becomes a We
    Your biggest strength--the quality that makes you stand out from other people--can also be your greatest downfall. We all have an underlying worldview that determines the way we approach all of the challenges we face. Some people are big-picture...