The Charisma Myth — How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Fox Cabane

I first read The Charisma Myth — How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Fox Cabane about 5 months ago and really liked it.  Recently, I re-read it and tried some of the exercises and found them very helpful.  She starts by identifying the three main aspects of charisma: presence, power…

“The Inspiring Leader” — How to Motive and Inspire

In The Inspiring Leader Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate by John Zenger, Joseph Folkman and Schott Edinger, the authors focus on one leadership competency — “inspires and motivates to high performance” — because their research showed it to be the most powerful predictor of someone being seen as an extraordinary leader and because it…

The Secrets to Building a Lucky Network – Anthony Tjan

  The Secrets to Building a Lucky Network – Anthony Tjan – Harvard Business Review.  Anthony Tjan writes about entrepreneurs and business leaders who attribute their success to luck.  He says that the “builder of a true Lucky Network is characterized by vulnerability, authenticity, generosity, and openness.”   His research revealed that 86% of the lucky leaders…

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation | Video on TED.com.  This is a great talk at a Ted conference by Daniel Pink.  Daniel Pink also elaborates on his ideas in his book Drive.  This talk is amusing and insightful.  He recounts a number of studies and experiments that demonstrate that contrary to popular belief,…

“The worst thing you can do is nothing”

“In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.” Theodore Roosevelt.  Teddy Roosevelt got it this one exactly right.  He also said, in the same vein,  “Do what you can with what…

Who’s Got the Monkey?

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  Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey? by William Oncken, Jr., and Donald L. Wass  This one of the greatest articles I have read.  I first saw it in 1986 when I was a subordinate and the managers at the firm wanted to encourage employees to take more initiative.  The article outlines the plight of a…

Building Resilience

Building Resilience – Harvard Business Review.  This is a great article my Martin Seligman who is called the “father of positive psychology”.  In it, he describes the phenomenon of “learned helplessness.”  In many studies, some people, when they experience a situation in which they had no control, became passive — even in a subsequent situation…