10 Business Clichés That Prove You’re Lazy

Recognize any of the platitudes on this list? Here’s why you should stop using them–now. Whipping out a platitude isn’t just annoying. Using some platitudes also shows you’re lazy–and not just in words but in actions: “Work smarter, not harder.” What happens when you say that to me? One: You imply I’m stupid. Two: You imply whatever I’m doing should… Continue reading

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

For all of the books (thousands) written on leadership, individuals (millions) who have participated in leadership seminars and dollars (billions) invested in leadership development, too many leadership experts still fail to distinguish between the practice of leadership and the exercise of bureaucratic power. In order to engage in a conversation about leadership, you have to assume you have no power… Continue reading

You Have to Treat People in Different Ways : Carlos Brito

Anheuser-Busch CEO says a people-friendly company is a successful company. Carlos Brito is the man who engineered the surprise 2008 buyout of Anheuser-Busch and its iconic American brands and brought them under the umbrella of Brazil’s InBev. A Stanford MBA, the Brazilian-born Brito worked for Shell Oil and Daimler-Benz before joining Brahma, a beer and soft drinks company. Over the… Continue reading

Leadership And The Art of Self-Alignment

The term “engagement”, although not a new term in the business world, has continually struck a chord that seems to resonate stronger as the years go on. What once meant to be a measure of employee satisfaction and buy-in is now seeping, rightfully so, into a yardstick for leaders. Likewise, “alignment” in an organizational application is not a new concept… Continue reading

5 characteristics of great leaders

1. Ambition. They drive forward, clearing a path for followers. 2. Humor. They endear themselves to others by not taking anything too seriously, especially themselves. People need camaraderie to succeed. 3. Vision. Great leaders see and talk about their vision in plain language. 4. Courage. They will knowingly step into harm’s way to help their people or advance the mission. 5. Accountability. Because they have… Continue reading