This is a conversation about a book that’s not like any networking book you have read (or ignored) before. In fact, it’s not about networking; it’s about how networks actually work. [click to continue…]



When successful people begin to feel uncertain or challenged at work, the one thing they want to know most is why things are going wrong after they have gone right for so long.

Leaders tend to rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers. Very few understand why or how to prevent it. [click to continue…]

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071: Lead Like A Rock Star | with Ruth Blatt

January 9, 2014

Ruth Blatt has a Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the University of Michigan and taught Entrepreneurship to MBAs at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has been writing about the social science behind rock n’ roll music and interviewing dozens of bands, managers, and other industry professionals for a book about teamwork lessons […]

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28 Ways Leaders Re-charge Their Batteries: How to Increase Energy, Improve Mood, and Manage Stress

December 28, 2013

In 2006, Google became concerned that their highly intelligent, passionate employees were burning out. The effect on Google was significant: illness, lost innovation (even though people still worked long hours), and turnover. In 2007, the company experimented with training 15 director-level Googlers on healthy energy management. Based on the results, Google began expanding the program […]

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055: How Pattern-Aware Leadership Drives Change | with Sylvia Lafair, PhD

September 19, 2013

Did you ever think “I wish my direct reports or co-workers would stop with their sob stories?” “I can’t listen to one more complaint,” or “Why can’t they just do their jobs and go home?” Sylvia Lafair, PhD, is the President of Creative Energy Options (CEO). With a doctorate in clinical psychology, Sylvia has taught […]

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018: How to Have More Great Days at Work | with Chris Rice

January 3, 2013

Christopher Rice is the President and CEO of global consulting firm BlessingWhite, which helps create high-performance cultures that drive results and reinforce organizational values. Chris has been recognized in each of the last two years as a “Top 100” thought leader by Leadership Excellence. In the first part of the two-part interview, Jesse and Chris […]

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3 Ways to Enjoy Work and Achieve More in 2013

December 26, 2012

I like to make an impact. And I’m very good at getting things done, solving problems, and achieving excellent results. As a result, on any given project or initiative, my natural tendency is to become the project team’s hub rather than one of the spokes. That means practically every decision or significant activity will require […]

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017: Engaging Lincoln Part 2: 6 Tactics to Be an Extraordinary Communicator

December 20, 2012

In the second part of the two-part Engaging Lincoln series, Jesse and Marty continue their analysis of Abraham Lincoln’s leadership by exploring the techniques he used to be a truly extraordinary communicator.  Lincoln’s communication skills were central to his ability to lead a divided nation and to engage a divided people.  Using Lincoln as a […]

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016: Engaging Lincoln Part 1: 5 Secrets Nearly Anyone Can Use to Be an Extraordinary Leader

December 13, 2012

This is the first of a two-part series examining the leadership of one of the top-two greatest presidents in U.S. history, Abraham Lincoln.  Jesse and Marty discuss the leadership principles followed by Lincoln during the Civil War to engage a severely divided nation.  Lincoln may have been a genius, but nearly anyone can use these […]

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013: Socially Smart: Things Gen Y Needs to Know that Schools Aren’t Teaching | Featuring Jenn Swanson

November 22, 2012

In this episode, Jesse is joined by the host of the Communication Diva podcast as well as author of the e-book How to Be Professional in the Workplace, Jenn Swanson. Jenn teaches Human Relation Skills at the college-level part-time, and the other part of the time she works with high-school students in youth ministry. So […]

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How to Be a Great Leader, Even If You’re No Einstein

October 5, 2012

Veteran executive coach and podcaster Tom Henschel released a new episode this week that provoked me to self-reflection. At first, it struck me only as a reminder that both self-awareness and self-management are fundamental principles of success, especially for leaders. Self-awareness means being aware of your own feelings and thoughts, as well as the impact […]

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001: 7 Habits of Highly Engaging Leaders

August 30, 2012

In this episode, Jesse discusses Stephen Covey’s famous Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and the importance of putting these habits into practice in order to become an effective leader. Jesse shares stories that illustrate how to apply business principles based on the seven habits to engage employees and increase your effectiveness as a leader: Be […]

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