Individual Accountability

Learning to Be More Optimistic Could Save Your Life

BIG IDEA: The power of positive thinking is backed by science. Mental health has become a critical issue as we continue to deal with the global pandemic. The stress, fear and isolation that many people around the world have experienced is creating concern about the short-term and long-term psychological impact. This is certainly a theme …

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“Let That Uncertainty Help You Grow”: Lead the Future with Jeff Desjardins

BIG IDEA: The rate of change is only accelerating. It’s not just your imagination: technological change is happening faster and faster. When we interviewed Jeff Desjardins, the editor-in-chief of Visual Capitalist and author of the book Signals: Charting the New Direction of the Global Economy, he argued, “It’s even faster than you think.” Can you …

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CEOs Must Lead on Diversity: Lead the Future with Laura Liswood

BIG IDEA: Diversity is mission-critical for business today. A lack of diversity is a critical business risk for companies today. For one thing, building diverse teams is the first step towards building innovative teams. If everyone on your team looks the same, they’re likely to all think the same, too. Diverse teams bring different perspectives …

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Tom Brady is an accountable leader: lessons for making those around you better

I have covered various examples of Tom Brady being an example of what an accountable leader looks like. Most recently, he showed up and did it again. Here are some lessons from the field on stepping up and building your team. Gut Check: Do you make those around you better? Almost a decade ago, on …

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Gut Check: Are You Aware of the Unspoken Brutal Reality of Leadership?

The last two weeks have been quite dramatic for many reasons. We have witnessed the second wave of the global pandemic spread at a ferocious pace. We have also watched President-Elect Joe Biden, and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris earn a historic win in the U.S. election. At the same time, we have also seen President …

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Gut Check: Are You Strengthening the Resilience and Resolve of Your Team?

In Cook County, Minnesota, USA, located on the shore of Lake Superior, you will find an unforgettable image. Growing out of the bare rock, on the shoreline of the lake, is a lone tree that is twisted and gnarled. In the book, In the Company of Trees, author Andrea Fereshteh shares that the tree has …

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Gut Check: Are You Ready to Lead the Future?

One of my favorite quotes by the great Harvard Business School Professor and Innosight co-founder Clay Christensen when he said: “the new game begins before the old one ends.” We all seen companies unable to change, pivot and transform themselves in the face of a changing context. In many ways, all the unprecedented events that …

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What is in Accountable Leaders and Why I Wrote the Book

On July 23, 2013, I launched the first edition of The Leadership Contract. That was seven years ago today. I was in New York City speaking at the Human Capital Institute conference. I held a book signing after my presentation and there was a buzz around the table as people lined up. The feedback I received …

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