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Motivation | HR Focus | 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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Leadership | Managing/Leading Change

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: 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.  Katty and Claire's latest book, The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self  is coming out on April 3, 2018. 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 | Leadership | Managing/Leading Change

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 | Leadership | Managing/Leading Change

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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Motivation | Leadership

Overcoming Adversity: How Did NBA Legend Bill Walton Stop Stuttering & Begin Sports Broadcasting?

By: Tony D'Amelio
November 1st, 2016

BILL WALTON: A DIFFICULT JOURNEY OFF THE COURT It’s amazing how we look at celebrities and presume they’re living a charmed life.

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Leadership | Managing/Leading Change | Organizational Culture

HOW MIKE ABRASHOFF MADE THE USS BENFOLD THE BEST DAMN SHIP IN THE NAVY

By: Tony D'Amelio
October 27th, 2016

 

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Leadership | Motivation

LEADERSHIP LESSONS: BILL WALTON ON HIS FAVORITE JOHN WOODEN QUOTES

By: Tony D'Amelio
October 25th, 2016

BASKETBALL COACH MAKES LIFELONG IMPRESSION ON NBA GREAT BILL WALTON, NBA legend, considers playing for legendary UCLA Bruins basketball coach John Wooden one of the greatest gifts of his life. “Coach Wooden was an English teacher who coached basketball to earn extra money,” said Bill. “He was about the most unlikely person to be coaching us. He never talked about winning and losing, but rather about the effort to win. He rarely talked about basketball, but generally about life. He never talked about strategy, statistics or plays, but rather about people and character.  His words and ideas have inspired me my whole career.  Coach Wooden never tired of telling us that once you become a good person, then you have a chance of becoming a good basketball player."  Wooden is perhaps one of the most remarkable examples of sports leadership ever.

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HR Focus | Leadership | Motivation

WOMEN, CONFIDENCE AND LEADERSHIP - INSIGHTS FROM THE CONFIDENCE CODE

By: Tony D'Amelio
October 20th, 2016

 

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