Developing Great Leaders: The Human Workplace Perspective

leadership qualities

by Wendy Dessler   Putting the right people in place is a key part of achieving small business success. As a business owner, hiring people who can lead your company into the future is essential. While businesses spend millions of dollars a year on leadership development, nearly 71 percent of business owners feel like the…

15 Traits of Unstoppable People

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

From Entrepreneur, Deep Patel provides an excellent list of 15 traits of unstoppable people. These are my favorites from his list: 2. They develop a clear vision. Every path to success starts with a vision; it’s what gives you direction. It’s your reason for working as hard as you do. Once you have a vision for what you…

How to Tell Your Story 

what's your story

  From 99U, Matt McCue provides a terrific 5 step process for telling a story. Matt writes: Here’s a five-step guide for how to build and develop a compelling narrative. It uses 99U articles as examples, so readers can see how an editorial property evaluates ideas, decides which ones get published, and why. Granted, there is…

The Power of Storytelling

  Twenty years ago, I read Every Leader Tells a Story by Elizabeth Weil and was impressed by the power of storytelling. This article vindicated me because my staff at the time gave me a hard time about how many stories I told. More recently, storytelling has been a hot topic and the power of stories…

My dad and Jean Valjean

Roland Jerrold Gibson or R. Jerrold Gibson or Jerry Gibson

​My dad died three years ago. He was 85 and had slipped dramatically in the year before his death so it was not a surprise to anyone. My dad was a kind, generous, complicated man. When he played with young children, he was exceptional.  My godson, Jason, once called  him “Mr. Teaserman.”  Many of my memories…

8 Ways to Get a Difficult Conversation Back on Track

woman behind desk with two other people

  For a long time, I have believed that one difference between good and great people is their ability to have difficult conversations — conversations involving conflicts, delivering bad news, or other unpleasant conversations — and so I appreciate good advice on how to get difficult conversations back on track.  Monique Valcour, in the Harvard…