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Thriving in Disruptive Times: How Benjamin Franklin Nailed it.

Benjamin Franklin, University of Pennsylvania, Whartona

Benjamin Franklin’s example shows how self-cultivation can be a smart strategy for leaders determined to survive and thrive in disruptive times. Looking back on a recent trip to Philadelphia (费城), the city where the USA was born, two things made…

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Skills for the Future: Break Patterns and Surprise Yourself, says Harvard’s Michael Puett

Tidal patterns, change, Michael Puett, Leadershipwatch

What are the key skills for the future? In our special multi-part series, experts share valuable and surprising insights we can use to build tomorrow’s world. In this part Harvard professor Michael Puett explains the skill of breaking patterns and…

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Our Top 5 Leadership Articles of 2016

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Find here the Top 5 leadership articles selected by our readers in 2016 In 2016 LeadershipWatch has again welcomed an amazing amount of readers, and we received lots of appreciation and nice reactions. Many thanks to you all! You are…

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Leadership: Do You Choose to Play in the Winners Zone or Not?

Our success, our feeling of accomplishment and our happiness, in our personal lives, as leaders, in our teams and in our businesses, it very much comes down to whether we ‘play to win’ or ‘play not to lose’. Are we…

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Leadership Introspection: The Only Person You Can Actually Change Is Yourself

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Many change initiatives fail because people are not willing or not able to follow the new direction. A huge amount of energy goes into trying to convince, motivate, encourage, stimulate, or force people to follow the change. And often only with mediocre results! What are we missing?

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Leading Complex Change Programs: Stimulate People to Think Impact!

Over the past 25 years I have been involved in various complex change programs for companies in all kinds of markets and circumstances. But in the past years I have seen the world of Business Transformation, Program and Project Management change substantially. I will share my insights and highlight 3 vital elements that determine the success of change programs in today’s business reality. In this article I focus on the first element: Stimulate your people to think and communicate in terms of impact.

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What Western Business Leaders Learn in China

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The Chinese learn from us more quickly than we learn from them. Let’s reverse the situation, and use working with Chinese people to our advantage. Jack Ma founder and chairman of the successful Alibaba Group, discovered the power of e-commerce…

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East and West Perceive Authority Differently. And It Affects Your Cross-Cultural Team

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When working with cross-cultural teams, especially teams where East meets West, team members can have very different perceptions of authority. Are you aware that these different perceptions affect the functioning of your team, and your role as a business leader?…

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5 Unusual Statements that Reveal how Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Thinks

What is your first thought when you hear the name Jack Ma? The king of e- and mobile commerce? The richest man in China? How did the founder and chairman of the Alibaba Group (Alibaba’s recent IPO was the largest in world history) build his success, and that of the countless people using Alibaba’s trading platforms? What lessons does he want to share?

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Stimulate Your Asian Team Members to Speak Up?

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In global teams, team effectiveness is not only impacted by personal (people’s characters and temperament) and organizational (level of team alignment from the start) elements. There are important cultural elements at play as well. Cultural elements that can, if not understood and properly addressed, quickly lead to frustration and ineffective teams.

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