Individual Accountability

Can You Adopt A New Leadership Mindset?

There are few business leaders who truly deserve the title of “innovator” more than Mickey Drexler. Drexler was considered a man ahead of his time when he was CEO of Gap Inc. back in the 1990s. He also spent time on the board of Apple and was considered a mentor to the mercurial Steve Jobs.

Do You Relish The Pressures You Face In Your Leadership Role?

In my book, The Leadership Contract, I position that there is no easy path to being a truly accountable leader. Almost everything a leader is asked to do involves considerable hard work: delivering consistent financial results, attaining high team performance, executing strategy, leading change and driving innovation. All these tasks place enormous demands and pressures …

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Who Is Your Leadership Guru?

Last year, I spoke at a conference in California. Also on the agenda was Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, who was sharing some of his provocative ideas from his book Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time.

Do You Really Know How To Create A Culture Of Innovation?

At the end of the day, innovation is the life blood of a company. But if you’re a senior executive, how do you cultivate true innovation? In my interactions with executives, this desire is often expressed in the following ways: “We need our leaders to be creative.” “We need our leaders to challenge the status …

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Can You Lead Your Company Through A Critical Inflection Point?

This week, my colleagues and I launched another Leadership Contract™ initiative with a European client that is one of the world’s leading suppliers to the industrial and automotive sectors. The company is more than 100 years old. The Managing Director of Italian Operations began our session by talking to his top thirty leaders. He had …

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