A few weeks ago, we shared our list of five companies that really surprised us in 2010. At this point, it makes sense to shift our gaze forward and explore organizations that are poised to lead their respective industries in 2011. While you've definitely heard of one, chances are that there are a few surprises among our shortlist.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | January 6, 2011; 07:13 PM ET | Comments (2)
Together, these articles paint a fairly comprehensive picture of leadership. Some are stark warnings of what to avoid--the article about the Senate suggests that even the best of leaders can become overwhelmed by a dysfunctional culture. Others are shining examples that we would be wise to imitate.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | December 20, 2010; 02:51 PM ET | Comments (0)
In this perplexing year that was good for business but bad for the American worker, we wanted to highlight five business organizations that have not only had good years financially, but have also made efforts to either take care of their employees, the environment or their local communities.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | December 14, 2010; 01:54 PM ET | Comments (2)
Each of these individuals has managed to cut against the grain, been true to his or her unique vision, and somehow galvanized resources to make a positive impact. And some have managed to set the stage for large-scale change that will last well into the foreseeable future.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | December 7, 2010; 01:34 PM ET | Comments (0)
The Leadership Playlist has brought us down a winding and intriguing path, and who better to celebrate our experiences with than all of you. To kick things off, this week we put together a list of the top sites our writing and research has introduced us to. Enjoy and, as always, sling over your thoughts, comments and additions.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | November 30, 2010; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (0)
While individual views of leadership are shaped by deeply personal experiences, the events common to a generation also subtly contribute. In thinking more recently about the themes common to Generation X, we've started examining the ideals and values of our youth that have yielded to a harsher reality as we aged. We've "creatively" labeled this the Gen-X Disillusionment, and to follow are four examples of unrealized social campaigns that have played out through our lifetime, leaving us to wonder about their impact on leadership decisions, desires and methods.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | November 11, 2010; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (110)
Just as with Stewart's congested tunnel, the modern workplace is jammed with three generations cramming to move forward, but sometimes it feels like there's simply too much in the way of our meager little Xer generation to merge.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | November 1, 2010; 03:02 PM ET | Comments (56)
As Gen Xers we do have an interest in exploring the challenges that we (and Gens Y and Z, for that matter) will inherit as the Baby Boomers begin to exit the workforce. And we're looking forward to further exploring how generations can come together to find solutions to today's concerns. But first: time to make amends. Here are some of the most well known, most successful, most predictable Baby Boomers (and one movie) to ever grace a five-point list.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | October 26, 2010; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (3)
In 1971, Pete Townshend of The Who pleaded, "I'll get on my knees and pray; We don't get fooled again," singing against the "jaded and compliant" leaders of the day. Now, Townshend's Baby Boomers are the generation that's taken over, and seem to be doing some fooling of their own.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | October 19, 2010; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (122)
More Garrison Keillor than corporate and economics visionary, Levitt spun personal stories about failure, striving for success and the importance of originality in a competitive market. Candidly, he shared his experiences of tremendous failings and how they pushed him to deviate from his more successful economist colleagues to focus on novel topics and studies.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | October 12, 2010; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)
Personal relationships are vital, patience is necessary, experience and skill are critical, and today's leaders are much stronger exuding a gentle, thoughtful and patient persona. Finally, Gergen suggests that, "the Baby Boomer generation is not working out very well," but their children want to make change, they want to help the United States and they want to make a positive impact.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | October 5, 2010; 02:27 PM ET | Comments (0)
Decline is a function of hubris and denial, while success is a hard-won product of compassion and effort. Collins focused his talk on the collapse of business, breaking the process of corporate failure into five stages, but he continually flipped back into what makes success happen, the flip side of why failure occurs.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | October 5, 2010; 08:47 AM ET | Comments (0)
If you've made the Forbes list of wealthiest Americans, chances are you have unprecedented access to the media. Or, in Rupert Murdoch's case, you might own a portion of the media.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | September 27, 2010; 03:42 PM ET | Comments (33)
While Lady Gaga continues to push the bounds of innovation to drive her celebrity, is it fair to consider her a leader?
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | September 20, 2010; 03:49 PM ET | Comments (22)
All game jerseys are now back from the dry-cleaners, cleaned of last season's face-paint and mustard stains, pressed for a new year. With the NFL season kicked-off, the MLB playoffs soon to get underway, and the NBA season looming, let's look the organizations that have given fans good reason to swell with expectation. The following franchises are amidst storied turnarounds, pumping new energy into their team, their fan base and their city, behind leaders whose commitment to excellence is proving infectious.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | September 13, 2010; 04:58 PM ET | Comments (2)
Every other day, each miner eats two spoonfuls of tuna, a sip of milk, a bite of cracker, and a slice of peach. Without their foresight and, more importantly, the discipline to stay with an increasingly difficult plan, it is doubtful that all of the men would have survived the search period.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | September 3, 2010; 03:52 PM ET | Comments (0)
With nearly 30 books and 85 years behind him, Warren Bennis is among the preeminent figures in the field of leadership studies. When the International Leadership Association (ILA) announced its 2010 webinar series entitled Leadership Perspectives, Bennis's August 25th presentation was a can't miss.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | August 30, 2010; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (3)
Perhaps the most compelling example of leadership in this convoluted story came from leaders of various religions, including Jews, Catholics, Presbyterians, Baptists, Episcopalians, Mormons, Sufis, and Muslims. These leaders put their religious differences aside to issue a joint statement supporting the construction of the mosque. Their reasoning was simple: at one time or another, every faith has been "denied its right." Rather than continue the cycle, they argue, Americans of all faiths have the opportunity to be an example of religious tolerance for the rest of the world.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | August 23, 2010; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (13)
NFL training camps around the country are gearing up for another season, and fans of every team can afford to be hopeful.2010 is still a blank canvas, but as we look forward to the upcoming season there are a few leadership stories worth highlighting.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | August 17, 2010; 03:23 PM ET | Comments (3)
"a place that is truly devoted to help one another achieve hopes, dreams, and aspirations would tend to be livelier, tend to have more arguments, tend to hear more debate because people aren't afraid to speak up - they want the place to be great. That's the kind of place that people love working for. The deeper and more sincere the love is, the higher the expectations are of one another and performance."
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | August 9, 2010; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (1)
Positive praise has a powerful effect, yet most managers and leaders either don't use it, or when they do their attempts lack substance. Leaders have been trained to find and correct faults. Managers need to learn from their employees what type of "currency" to use when providing praise.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | August 5, 2010; 08:59 PM ET | Comments (2)
With more and more people telecommuting and/or managing groups across borders and seas, let's take a look at some resources that bring out the best in long distance leaders.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | August 2, 2010; 09:42 AM ET | Comments (0)
Despite Mark Zuckerberg's well-chronicled follies, Facebook continues to grow. Here are five leadership lessons from this 20-something billionaire.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | July 25, 2010; 07:34 PM ET | Comments (3)
While few would argue that Apple has been consistently ahead of the curve with their smartphone technology, the folks at Apple fell behind this story early and had trouble catching up.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | July 18, 2010; 04:14 PM ET | Comments (8)
Each turn of the BP oil crisis has presented opportunities for leaders to rise to the challenge or fail spectacularly, what have we learned from these moments?
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | July 4, 2010; 09:39 PM ET | Comments (2)
Video is now a mainstay on the web, but finding informative and entertaining clips can be a painstaking process. While there are thousands to choose from, we've gathered up five videos that we think all leaders will be better for watching.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | June 28, 2010; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (0)
The Princeton-educated Bob Bradley is a no-nonsense, straight-talking throwback of a coach who's shaved head and cold stare make him seem like he'd be more at home in a Clint Eastwood Western than on the soccer sidelines.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | June 22, 2010; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (1)
The good news: Developing leaders in your company helps the bottom line. Bad news: Most leaders do a terrible job of managing change. Here are quick digests of five new leadership studies with important findings.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | June 13, 2010; 06:18 PM ET | Comments (0)
Legendary basketball coach and leadership guru John Wooden died last Friday night at the age of 99, leaving a giant void, not only in the sport world, but in the world of leadership.
By Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl | June 7, 2010; 01:10 AM ET | Comments (2)
We're in the midst of the worst economic crisis in decades, and many people in leadership positions haven't seen anything like it before. Surviving a recession can feel a bit like sailing without a sail, so here are a few tips to help you stop, think and weather the crisis.
By Merydith Willoughby | June 5, 2009; 02:08 PM ET | Comments (0)
With first-time ever Chief Information, Performance and Technology Officers in the Obama administration, maybe it's time to coin a few more executive titles: Maybe Chief Recession Officer?
By Andrea Useem | May 8, 2009; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (2)