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Managing/Leading Change | Leadership

Fortune's World's Greatest Leaders 2018: Who Are World's Best Leaders?

By: Tony D'Amelio
April 25th, 2018

The World’s Greatest Leaders list for 2018 has just been announced by Fortune. Five years ago, GEOFF COLVIN (a long-time speaker on business for D’Amelio Network) led the first-ever effort to create Fortune’s fresh look at leaders through a different lens. It’s not the usual suspects of well-known business and political leaders, but instead, a list that celebrates the passion, commitment, and ingenuity of a surprisingly broad range of those who are making a difference in the world.

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Managing/Leading Change | Motivation | Leadership

LEADERSHIP Q&A: FIRST WOMAN USAF THUNDERBIRD PILOT IS ROCK-STAR AVIATOR

By: Tony D'Amelio
February 15th, 2018

COL. NICOLE MALACHOWSKI (USAF, RET.) has an indomitable spirit. Determined from the age of five to fly fighter jets, she went on to a distinguished 21-year career in the United States Air Force and became the first woman to be part of the Thunderbirds, the elite USAF air demonstration squadron. The ultimate high-performance-under-pressure team, Nicole and five other Thunderbirds flew at over 400 mph and 300 feet off the ground – separated by as little as 36 inches. Nicole is a rock star in military aviation and was inducted into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame Museum.

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Managing/Leading Change | Leadership

Bill Taylor's Leadership Quiz: Four Kinds of Leaders Who Create the Future

By: Bill Taylor
February 1st, 2018

This post, written by Bill Taylor, co-founder of Fast Company magazine and author of the bestselling book Simply Brilliant, is adapted from an essay that first appeared in Harvard Business Review.  It was published on December 18th, 2017.  The leadership quiz at the end of the article achieved unprecedented interest from HBR readers.

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Managing/Leading Change | Motivation | Leadership | Organizational Culture

Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.), First Woman Thunderbird Pilot, Joins DN

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 16th, 2018

COL. NICOLE MALACHOWSKI (USAF, RET.), a rock star in military aviation, has just joined the D'Amelio Network which will manage her speaking career.

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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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