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Insights, tips and best practices for executive business leaders and managers
John F. Kennedy

It's not a sign of weakness to say, "I take the blame."


People who demonstrate grace know that humility is more powerful than vanity, concern is more influential than command.

Emotional intelligence

Our reactions to obstacles, misfortune and adversity are often habitual rather than deliberate. A little training and awareness can help us develop the emotional intelligence we need to make smarter choices and be more succes

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Beta test

Entrepreneurs offer advice on getting beta testers for your product or service.

Last week's poll question: How willing is your organization to go above and beyond to take care of its associates?


Taylor Farms' CEO discusses one of the problems with growth -- finding enough talent.


Traits associated with emotional intelligence make for better leaders, and while these traits may seem natural and inborn, they can also be learned, fostered, developed and honed.


Listening is a leadership responsibility that does not appear in the job description. It isn’t hard, either, but it does require commitment.


For visions to be useful tools, they can’t be relegated to posters and badge cards. They must become a living and breathing part of day-to-day work and interactions.


What is your guidepost? Your motivation? Can you describe it in a sentence?

Prepare for your best work year yet with these tips


Learn to listen, not just bide time until you get to speak again.

Body language

Recognizing body language in others -- and yourself -- can help resolve and prevent conflicts.


Dominance can be a productive trait -- when used appropriately.