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Managing/Leading Change | Leadership | Organizational Culture

Mentor Ship is Steward Ship - Building The Leadership Pipeline

By: Mike Abrashoff
November 8th, 2017

DEVELOPING THE LEADERSHIP PIPELINE I have worked with thousands of executive teams since I left the Navy and one of the common complaints I hear is where to find the time to mentor the next generation. Schedules are double and triple blocked as it is. “I just don't have the energy or the time,” is the common refrain.

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Motivation | Leadership

Bill Walton: Learning to Lace My Shoes  was a John Wooden Success Lesson

By: Tony D'Amelio
July 11th, 2017

SUCCESS STARTS WITH THE FOUNDATION Basketball legend and top sports motivational speaker BILL WALTON will never forget his first practice under the legendary UCLA Bruins coach John Wooden.  Walton and the other star recruits, plus famous seniors and members of national championship UCLA teams, were anxious to get started.  But first, John Wooden says, “Men, this is how you put your shoes and socks on.”  Some of the returning players had been through this before; no matter - they were going to learn it again.   Walton, the country's top-recruited player that year, thought “WHAT!!!???!!!  We're top players!  We don't need this!" But learning to tie shoes properly was vital to Wooden.  It meant star players would never get a blister which would keep them from playing.  The team can’t be its best unless everyone’s able to play.    John Wooden is arguably the greatest coach of all-time, regardless of sport yet he never talked about winning.  Wooden taught his players to focus on doing their best; which meant practicing the fundamentals well.  Like the proper way to lace up shoes.  It was a John Wooden success lesson.   No matter what we do, the brilliant execution of the fundamentals is essential. Bill Walton credits the lessons he learned from Coach John Wooden for creating the foundation for his success on the court and in life.  A top sports motivational speaker, Bill draws on the wisdom of John Wooden and brings that message to audiences, as he does in this video:

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Leadership

My All-Time Favorite Leadership Speaker is a Musician Keynote Speaker

By: Tony D'Amelio
June 20th, 2017

THE POPULARITY OF LEADERSHIP SPEAKERS As a group, leadership speakers are quite possibly the most popular category of speakers. In a world that’s moving too fast, leadership is the ingredient that helps to focus resources, manage risk, and spot new opportunities. And of all the roles, leadership helps focus the organization's most important asset – its people – on the hard work of doing big change. In short, leadership skills are treasured. With that in mind: this column.

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Motivation | Leadership | Organizational Culture

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IDEAS FROM TOP LEADERSHIP SPEAKER MIKE ABRASHOFF

By: Tony D'Amelio
May 8th, 2017

THE SHIP THAT LAUNCHED A THOUSAND (PLUS) SPEECHES  In 1999 Fast Company magazine ran an article that got my attention. It featured a Navy captain who took command of a ship that was near the bottom of the performance rankings in just about every category. Twelve months later – under this new captain - the ship was the best performing ship in the fleet. How did that happen? Everyone wanted to know.

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HR Focus | Motivation | Leadership

Women at Work: Why Confidence is Important at Work - More Than Know-How

By: Tony D'Amelio
April 20th, 2017

  Women and Success When it comes to women at work – what matters more, confidence or competence? 
 
The answer is surprising because the latest research shows why confidence is important at work - even more important than actual skills.

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Leadership | Organizational Culture

Why Sports are a Terrible Metaphor for Business - Bill Taylor | Top Business Speaker

By: Bill Taylor
April 4th, 2017

BILL TAYLOR is the co-founder of Fast Company and the author, most recently, of Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways.  To access a free chapter of Simply Brilliant, please click here.  Bill is also a top business speaker managed by the D'Amelio Network.  Tony D'Amelio asked Bill to update his popular essay on this topic which originally appeared online in Harvard Business Review.  We hope you enjoy it. ----------------------------------------------------------- What's wrong with making analogies between sports and business?  Here in the United States, and truth be told, in most place around the world, we are crazy about sports, especially team sports…The Super Bowl…The NCAA Final Four…The World Cup. But the buzz around sports, at least among business executives who are fans of the competitors on the field as well as competitors themselves in their own industries, is often about more than just the game. Does the consistent excellence of a football team like the New England Patriots offer insights on teamwork that transcend the gridiron? Does the game-changing impact of basketball superstars such as LeBron James offer lessons about the value of high-powered talent on Wall Street or Silicon Valley?

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Managing/Leading Change | Leadership

Fortune's World's Greatest Leaders 2017: Who Are World's Best Leaders?

By: Tony D'Amelio
March 30th, 2017

The 2017 list of Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders” has just been announced.  As usual, it's a list that's full of surprises.     The list celebrates an inspiring group of achievers who have been especially effective in 2017.  It’s hard not to be moved by the passion, commitment, and ingenuity of the individuals honored here, and perhaps take away lessons to apply to your own efforts – be it your business, your charity, your community, or just your own block in your neighborhood. It was four years ago that GEOFF COLVIN, senior editor-at-large at Fortune led the effort to create the magazine’s first-ever “World’s Greatest Leaders” issue.  I'm proud to say that Geoff is a D’Amelio Network speaker -- click here to get a free chapter from his bestselling book Talent is Overrated.  Leadership is a subject he's covered extensively for Fortune, so Geoff was the perfect choice to come up with the unique approach that has characterized this list. 

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HR Focus | Motivation | Leadership

Katty Kay: 2017 International Women’s Day and The Confidence Code

By: Tony D'Amelio
March 8th, 2017

Today is International Women's Day, a day set aside to celebrate globally women and their economic, political, and social achievements around the world. It is also a time to focus on places and situations where women's rights, equality, health, and safety still have a long way to go. The work of BBC World News’ KATTY KAY is a perfect fit for the mission of International Women’s Day. Katty has had the privilege of speaking at many IWD events over the years. Interest was first driven by her bestselling book Womenomics and most recently by the groundbreaking work on confidence she and co-author Claire Shipman did for their bestselling book, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know. International Women's Day provides a great opportunity to focus a bit on confidence, since it’s such a vital ingredient for the issues that are the focus of this day.

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Innovation | Managing/Leading Change | Leadership

A Simply Brilliant Way of Leading Innovation and Organizational Change

By: Tony D'Amelio
February 23rd, 2017

Don’t Let What You Know Limit What You Can Imagine If you’ve been frustrated by the hard work of making organizational change happen in your company, you’re not alone. That’s why this interview with BILL TAYLOR, co-founder of Fast Company magazine, may be a compelling read for you. Beginning with his work at Fast Company, Bill had a front row seat to the revolution in management and competition driven by technology. He’s met and profiled the mavericks and rule breakers who have achieved outsize success by taking a different path. In his latest book, Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways, Bill gives his audience the best new examples of people and companies who are using groundbreaking new ideas and techniques to compete, innovate, and succeed. The book won many honors including “Best Strategy & Leadership Book of 2016” by 800CEORead. Read here as Bill and I discuss his book and the success stories he encountered in the process of writing it his book.    

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Innovation | Managing/Leading Change | Leadership

50 Reasons Why We Can't Change: Why Adapting to Change is So Hard

By: Tony D'Amelio
February 7th, 2017

THE HARD WORK OF DOING BIG CHANGE BILL TAYLOR has encouraged a generation of executives and company-builders to muster the courage and skills to think differently about change, leadership, and the new world of work. A spirited and hard-charging entrepreneur, Bill co-founded Fast Company, easily the most influential voice on business and innovation in the last two decades. The publication changed the very idea of what a business magazine could be. After the publication was sold for $340 million, Bill became on of the top speakers on managing disruptive change – helping organizations and leaders understand how to adapt to, and take advantage of, the relentless pace of radical change and disruption.

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