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Best Business Books 2015: Managerial Self-Improvement

Dec 23, 2015

Best Business Books 2015: Managerial Self-Improvement

Managerial self-improvement might include a healthy emphasis on understanding and developing your character. Companies might start evaluating the character of new hires in a more rigorous way and seek out leaders who demonstrate integrity, responsibility, forgiveness, and compassion. Where might that lead?

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Why your boss needs to be a jerk

Dec 10, 2015

Why your boss needs to be a jerk

On today's show, we'll talk about Anglo American's plans to slash its workforce; a continuing drop in China's import and export numbers; and why your jerk boss might need to be a jerk.

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BOOK REVIEW: Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win

Nov 18, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win

Hot-off-the-press, here is a new book that sounds worth reading! Amazon describes it as follows: Does the character of our leaders matter? You may think this question was answered long ago. Countless business authors and analysts have assured us that great leadership demands great character.

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Leadership Innovation & Strategy Podcast

Nov 17, 2015

Leadership Innovation & Strategy Podcast

Fred Kiel is the author of "Return on Character." He is is a founding partner of the leadership development and strategic analytics firm KRW International and a pioneer in the field of executive coaching. In this interview, we discuss his recent research showing how the character of corporate leaders can make a tangible difference to the bottom line.

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The Real Reason Why Project Managers and Their Teams Win

Nov 13, 2015

The Real Reason Why Project Managers and Their Teams Win

There’s something inside us that wants to believe that the good guys win in the end, right? We want to believe that if you treat people well, keep your promises, and work hard, that it all pays off with increased opportunity and reward. Fred Kiel has data to support that you don't have to be Gordon Gecko from the movie Wall Street to win. In this episode, we talk with Fred about his new book Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win.

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Why so many bosses are jerks

Nov 9, 2015

Why so many bosses are jerks

Think about all of the bosses you’ve had. It's a good bet that at least one of them has been a total jerk. That may not be an accident. Research suggests not only that some bosses are jerks but that many of them are bosses because they are jerks. That is, being a jerk in one form or another can actually help you become a boss. Not a good boss necessarily, but a boss.

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THE 4 LEADERSHIP TRAITS THAT TRANSLATE TO BUSINESS SUCCESS

Oct 12, 2015

THE 4 LEADERSHIP TRAITS THAT TRANSLATE TO BUSINESS SUCCESS

When leaders of large corporations step down amid controversy, their character is often called into question. Recently, Volkswagon CEO Martin Winterkorn stepped down from his post when news broke that the German automaker installed technology intended to defeat emissions testing. Though he claimed not to be aware of the wrongdoing, Winterkorn is known as being a hard-driving perfectionist bent on securing the top spot among global car manufacturers.

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Character And Grit Make Winners At The Top

Oct 1, 2015

Character And Grit Make Winners At The Top

Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy 's (NASDAQ:WEN), didn't have the pedigree usually associated with Fortune 500 leaders. There was neither a family dynasty nor an Ivy League college degree propelling him to win big in the fast-food industry. Yet he reached the pinnacle with his burger chain. What made him a victor? Integrity and tenacity, says Robin Koval, co-author with Linda Thaler of "Grit to Great."

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How Much Is A Leader’s Integrity Worth?

Sep 29, 2015

How Much Is A Leader’s Integrity Worth?

From Enron to Volkswagen, we’ve watched in horror as leaders who lack integrity have destroyed businesses time and again. But the real tragedy happens when regular leaders, who are otherwise great, sabotage themselves, day after day, with mistakes that they can’t see but are obvious to everyone else.

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