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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!"

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

By: Tony D'Amelio
October 27th, 2016

  Mike Abrashoff - "It Was All About the Culture" Imagine you’re put in charge of a new project. You’re given goals and objectives and a team of people to work with. This team, though, has a horrible performance history. In fact, they are among the worst teams in the organization, yet your job is to meet the objectives – no excuses. And – you can’t fire bad performers, or financially reward good performers, or hire new help. What would you do?

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