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CEO traits that led them to top leadership post.

What Does it Take for a CEO to be a Successful Leader?    

It’s hard to pinpoint the particular traits that enable CEOs to become successful leaders. They’re different, like you and me, coming from a variety of backgrounds without a single common denominator.

Nonetheless, a New York Times reporter has found a number of similarities in leadership styles in his interviews of CEOs for a weekly column called Corner Office in the SundayBusiness section.

Ten years and 525 columns later, Adam Bryant wrote his last column in yesterday’s edition and disclosed the lessons he learned about how to be the Big Boss.

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Characteristics of a successful leader

Does the President-Elect Possess the Qualities of a Global Leader?

The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States has many people thinking, and even obsessing, about the qualities required to be the leader of the free world.

Over the course of my career, I’ve worked for good and bad leaders. I’ll open with what I consider a leader’s primary duty – to communicate his or her vision for the organization.

Some experts would say this is the second step in being a leader; first comes the vision. But without communications across, up, down and outside the organization, a leader’s vision will never be realized. Above all, a leader needs to be communicating a clear and consistent message. Read More→

Performance Appraisal

Most Performance Reviews Are a Big Fat Waste of Time

The annual performance review stinks. It’s one of the most dreaded and inefficient uses of time that I can think of.

The manager has to scrounge up his recollections of specific good and bad things to discuss. The employee – or agency, if it’s a client review – dreads the thought that he’ll be told he did a lousy job and there is a pink slip in his future.

Quantum Workplace, an HR consulting firm, published a post not too long ago suggesting questions to help measure and boost employee performance. But in my view they were still too generic.

There has got to be a better way – and there is. Read More→

Favorite Blog Posts From Write Speak Sell in 2013

blogging, social media, employee engagement, brxandingIt seems like just yesterday that we were ringing in 2013 and here we are, 52 weeks and 52 blog posts later, starting the New Year.

I decided to look back at the topics that generated the most discussions on my website and social media networks and that addressed issues relating to my areas of business focus: blogs and social media, employee engagement and branding.

To be honest, several of these are subjective. They are my favorites – maybe because they stimulated discussions or because I just felt strongly about the topics. Read More→