This One Leadership Quality Will Make or Break You

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One of the most often overlooked aspects of leadership is the need for pursuit. Great leaders are never satisfied with traditional practice, static thinking, conventional wisdom, or common performance. In fact, the best leaders are simply uncomfortable with anything that embraces the status quo. Leadership is pursuit— pursuit of excellence, of elegance, of truth, of what’s next, of what if, of change, of value, of results, of relationships, of service, of knowledge, and of something bigger than themselves. In the text that follows I’ll examine the value of being a pursuer…

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How To Avoid The 6 Most Common Hiring Errors

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We would like to share with you some of the experiences, information and insights we have gleaned from helping our clients sidestep the six most common hiring errors.

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Why Steve Jobs Matters to You

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Editor’s note: This post was written after Steve Jobs’ resignation in August; upon the news of his death, we think it’s worth another read. All sorts of commentators, on this site and elsewhere, are asking all sorts of questions about the resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple, Inc. What does it mean for the company’s future? What does it means for the stock price? What does it mean for the computer industry, the music industry, and the media industry?

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The “New Normal” Requires a New Mindset

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Hunkering down may be the preferred strategy in tough economic times. But as these authors suggest, companies that recognize the opportunities and modify their business model can actually grow. Managers will learn some key tactics that will make their companies stand up and out during tough times.

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Restaurant Industry Stock Review

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The restaurant industry is finally showing improvements and seems poised for long-term growth. Riding on the back of a slowly reviving U.S. economy and the consequent rise in comparable-store sales, restaurant operators have managed to post improved results in recent months. We expect restaurant companies to continue delivering better numbers in the upcoming quarter over the year-earlier period.

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The Ideal Leader – July 2011 Newsletter

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The ideal leader has vision, charisma, integrity, emotional intelligence, an inspiring delivery and sterling character. But if there are leaders who don’t fit this image, then we cannot use our ideal to define leadership in general.

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Restaurant Industry Accounts for Nearly 10 Percent of U.S. Workforce

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The restaurant industry is not only an important source of jobs and careers, it is vitally important to the success of many other industries in the economy. As McDonald’s celebrates its National Hiring Day by adding up to 50,000 individuals to its roster, the National Restaurant Association has compiled a report of its research on the latest restaurant industry employment trends and the unique upward mobility that the industry offers.

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Three Steps to Building a Better Top Team

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1. Get the Right People on the Team… and the Wrong Ones Off Determining the membership of a top team is the CEO’s responsibility-and frequently the most powerful lever to shape a team’s performance. Many CEOs regret not employing this lever early enough or thoroughly enough. Still others neglect it entirely, assuming instead that factors such as titles, pay grades, or an executive’s position on the org chart are enough to warrant default membership. Little surprise, then, that more than one-third of the executives we surveyed said their top teams did not have the right people and capabilities.

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Reinventing Innovation

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It’s easy and in fact correct to think of innovation as a process. But if a company is to maximize and leverage innovation— to make it stand above the crowd— it must embed innovation in its culture, to make it the default position for how “things are done around here.” Innovation must become continuous and engage employees as well as customers. This article is a tall order made manageable for reinventing innovation.

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Reinventing Management

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Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategic and International Management, Senior Fellow, Advanced Institute of Management Research, and Deputy Dean (Programmes), London Business School. This article is drawn from his forthcoming book, Reinventing Management: Smarter Choices for Getting Work Done, Jossey-Bass, 2010.

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