Leading Collaboration: It’s About Connecting, Not Calm

By Julie Benezet: You have decided that collaboration is an important company value and critical to its culture. However, what does that mean in practice to a leader? Consider the following scene: Leader: Okay, how are we doing on the Xerxes project? Engineer, how is the programming going? Engineer: It’s going, but it would go a whole […]

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Leadership and the Unknown: Looking Under the Hood

By Julie Benezet: Success for a leader requires embracing the unknown. Only by seeking out new ideas can leaders reach new strategic directions for their organizations. That is, after all, the job description of a leader. By their very nature, new ideas are untested. You will not know how they will turn out until you […]

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Invest in Developing Your High Potential Talent

By Julie Benezet: Before your high potential talent invests elsewhere. You may be familiar, or even said some of these typical comments we hear from senior executives:  “She’s terrific on projects and magical with clients. In the meantime, her staff is hollering that they have no idea on what they are supposed to focus at […]

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Humor As a Business Tool in Unknown Situations

By Julie Benezet: Humor is an underestimated tool in moving business conversations forward. One of the reasons is that making a witty observation involves risking that the audience might be offended, unimpressed or simply not amused. You do not know how it will go until you put your comment into the airspace. However, it is […]

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