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Is It Time To Shut Down Your Job Postings? — Zappos Did!

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Zappos has once again stepped away from the traditional way of doing things. This time it is in regard to their hiring practices and their efforts to continue to create a more “human centric” culture. JoAnn Corley shares her interview with Zappos man Rocknee here…

Ten Things You Will Learn from Writing on LinkedIn

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Writing on LinkedIn

Leaders should write, not for the sake of writing — but to influence, inform, inspire, and engage a wider audience. Writing often also forces you to maintain clarity in your thinking, and sustain your perspective. I’ve been writing on LinkedIn for a few months, with some specific goals: Create a wider audience for my thought » Read More

Plain Vanilla Leadership

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If you browse the titles of some of the most searched and rated leadership books on the web, you will find a variety of themes and trends. There is 5-D Leadership. Results-Based Leadership. Leadership for the 21st Century (amassed from over 580 books). Leadership for different races, genders, and also for people groups and disciplines. There » Read More

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Must Wins

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It’s never too early to start planning for 2015. What do you want to accomplish? How are you going to get there? What are the critical things you must accomplish, and what lofty opportunity would be great, though not necessary to attain? Must wins help us know what we must do! Read more

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This Seems Like a Lot of Work For a Free Banana

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 Brian Sooy helped me raise my voice when I started on my own.  His voice is powerful. So please read this post and his book, Raise Your Voice: A Cause Manifesto, if you want to change your business…and yourself.  At age 52, I ran my first half marathon. Not 100 yards from the starting line, a child sat » Read More

10 Management Lessons from Dragon Army

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Business insights can come from unexpected places, including children’s literature. Science fiction writer Orson Scott Card paints a marvelous portrait of people management, vividly contrasting what motivates and what demoralizes, and what creates excellence versus lackluster results.

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How to Turn Customers into Raving Fans with One Email

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This last Christmas, my wife and I ordered some Baylor University fan gear from Fanatics. My experience wasn’t bad, although I do remember thinking the shipping seemed unusually slow.  I chalked it up to the holidays and really didn’t think much about it.  The sweatshirt, cap, and other things I bought were good quality and, overall, » Read More

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Epic Fail – 5 Ways to Build a Culture of Failure

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No one likes to fail. Failure feels like losing. But failure is more generous than we might think. Failure gives experience to those who try and offers wisdom to those who will try next. Failure fuels our quest for something better. It is the hunger that drives our discontent. Failure is the engine of innovation. It » Read More

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5 Things You Don’t Really Believe About Leadership

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I have a friend who often says, “The things we do are what we really believe. Everything else is just talk.” You would think with all our talk about leadership there would be few ideas left to explore. But the truth is, no matter how many posts you write, books you read, or conferences you » Read More

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Jump, Rinse, Repeat: Why do we keep implementing change like this?

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Everyone, it seems, is talking about change and the need to change.  But somehow we keep repeating a familiar pattern.  It’s like going to the edge of a 50-foot cliff and jumping when all you’ve witnessed are others ahead of you jumping away.  As a result, you don’t see what they did before they jumped, » Read More

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