The Batman Syndrome


by: Kerry Wills In the movies, Batman learns to overcome his fear which makes him a great superhero because he no longer lets fear get in his way or control his actions. I wonder if, in the corporate world, people made decisions and took actions without any fear. There are plenty of places where fear creeps…

What Great Managers Do to Engage Employees


by: James Harter and Amy Adkins Less than one-third of Americans are engaged in their jobs in any given year. This finding has remained consistent since 2000, when Gallup first began measuring and reporting on U.S. workplace engagement. Gallup defines engaged employees as those who are involved in and enthusiastic about their work and workplace. But the…

Calculating the Market Value of Leadership


by: David Ulrich & Allan Freed In recent years, investors have learned that defining the market value of a firm cannot just be based on finances. GAAP and FASB standards require financial reporting of earnings, cash flow, and profitability – all measures that investors have traditionally examined. But recently, these financial outcomes have been found to predict…

Learn to Become a Less Autocratic Manager


by: Jeffrey W. Hull Mark, a ten-year veteran of the pharmaceutical RD world with a Ph.D. in statistics, was the obvious choice to lead the SAS software and data management group of a global healthcare corporation when the current director suddenly departed. Having managed a small team of bio-statisticians successfully over three years, promoting him to…

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Building Leadership Capability


by: Randy Hall Leadership is like magic. It’s reserved for the legendary few who are gifted with the secrets of being able to inspire others and stir something in them that mystically changes those people forever. Simply being in the presence of one of these gifted leaders can profoundly affect anyone lucky enough to be in…

By Being Authentic, You May Just Be Conforming


by: Herminia Ibarra Lei Jun, CEO of the $10 billion Chinese company Xiaomi, has made headlines for creating products that look and act a lot like Apple’s, such as its new thin smartphone.  And the comparisons don’t stop there — news reports consistently label Jun’s leadership style as imposture. As Business Insider put it: “Jun wears a…