Why Leaders Get Better With Age

As we age as leaders, I hope we make the effort to share the wisdom we have gain through many hard lessons with the youth following behind us.

Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

Companies prize young talent. And rightly so. In an era of instant communication, they need young, tech-savvy leaders who can help them to get things done faster.

Still, speed by itself doesn’t equate to business success. Sydney Finkelstein wrote about this in a recent BBC article. In it, he recalls the classic Aesop’s fable about the tortoise and the hare. It’s the plodding tortoise, and not the speedy hare, that crossed the finish line first.

Experience may not bring speed – but it does bring wisdom and other traits/abilities. Among them:

Perspective – Age brings a greater ability to reflect and put into context what is happening around you.

Deeper compassion – This extends to the people in your life, both at work and at home.

A dose of reality – The illusion of perfection has long gone.

Empathy – “Once you’ve live a little, it becomes harder to go…

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Reality Check: How Was Your 1st Quarter Business Planning?

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By Marga Dela Cruz

Quickly, we will be watching the first quarter of 2014 fading fast into becoming “yesterday.” As you soon bid a quick farewell to the 1st 3 months of the year, it is good to have a reality check: How did your company fair during the 1st quarter? Great if your company stays afloat on top of stiff competition. But what if you are a struggling entrepreneur? Or a serious business leader who really wants to make a change? If you fail from the 1st quarter, here are 3 vital areas you need to focus on:

Strategy

Many who had been in small and medium business owners for quite some time now may think that they no longer need a strategy. Having this frame of mind is like having a free pass to “Doomsville.” Customers’ needs are always changing. Every month, there are new social and economic…

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Leadership Minute: What You Leave Behind

Doug Dickerson on Leadership

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True happiness comes from the things that cannot be taken away from you. Making the full effort to do the right thing can never be taken away from you. – John Wooden

In the arena of sports, John Wooden’s legacy is forever secure. But however successful he was, it was secondary to his faith, family, and the guiding principles that shaped the lives of so many people. At the end of the day, what is most important to you? Your legacy is the product of your leadership. But your legacy transcends your leadership. Where you place value it will be returned in like manner. Give your time, energy, and your very best to that which will give you greatest return and to that which will outlive you. After all, what can’t be taken away from you is that which will live on long after you are gone.

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What March Madness Teaches Us About Leadership

What a fun way to look at leadership lessons.

Doug Dickerson on Leadership

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Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. – Michael Jordan

March Madness is upon us. It’s the time of the year in college basketball where dreams come true and when hearts are broken depending on the final score. How’s your bracket looking? Regardless of how your team performs there are key leadership lessons to be learned. Here are five worth your consideration.

Expect the unexpected.

When filling out the brackets for the tournament the early picks seem routine. It’s safe and easy to pick the number one seed to defeat a number sixteen seed in the early round. But invariably an upset or two happens; i.e. Ohio State and Dayton. How did that affect your bracket? The leadership lesson is clear. Things don’t always go according to plan or how you think it should. Just as a team prepares for the big game, so too should you as…

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