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July 23, 2014

At CLS, we have come to grips with the fact that we read a heck of a lot more than we write. This is probably the case for even the most prolific of authors (but something we wanted to get out on the table just in case there was any doubt). And, in our experience, when you absorb a significant cross-section of other people’s musings (i.e., books, journal articles, periodicals) there are times when whatever you have in front of you is frustratingly similar to whatever you just finished. (more…)

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July 22, 2014

In case you didn’t have a chance to attend, we were “all in” for ASTD this year. We had a booth at the Expo, we hosted a panel discussion at a concurrent session featuring five of our absolute best customers and we sponsored Networking Night at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. (more…)

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May 14, 2014

With no disrespect whatsoever to the 7000 other authors/researchers that have offered up a wide variety of alternatives over the years, we would like to begin this blog by revisiting the definition of leadership as provided by our founder, Dr. Paul Hersey:

“Leadership is an attempt to influence.”

And, leaving detailed explanation aside for a moment, we would contend that influence is the common thread you would find in each and every definition of leadership on record. Purely and simply, leaders get people to do things they wouldn’t have done otherwise. (more…)

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April 21, 2014

Recently, The Center for Leadership Studies conducted a survey asking our clients to identify the top leadership challenges that they are facing within their specific organization.

Due to the results provided, we have started a series of blog posts that will address the challenges they proposed. In this post, we will address: leadership drive.

Consider for a moment the pressure associated with being a thought leader. When you break it down, the job of a thought leader is basically to write something, or say something, that literally forces the rest of us to go … “WOW!”

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April 20, 2014

What is it about the month of December that just sort of naturally gets people in a reflective mood?

The obvious answer is that December constitutes the end of the year. And, for whatever reason, the end of the year is the most natural time to give thanks, take a deep breath or two and engage in an objective assessment of what you can do to improve something in the year to come.

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