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Leadership Lessons from a Near-Fatal Car Accident

If you ever run into me on an occasion where I happen to be wearing business attire, you might notice that I’m donning suspenders instead of a belt.

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How to Be a Leadership Hero

I’m going to walk you through a brief but thought-provoking exercise that I’ve done with many groups of leaders from organizations far and wide.

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Why Leaders Should Embrace Interruptions

Does this sound familiar? It’s about 3 in the afternoon. You’ve been answering emails and phone calls and addressing many unforeseen issues all day. You’ve finally stolen a few moments to yourself to hunker down and get some real, substantive work done. And then – somebody knocks on your door.

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In Leadership, Look for the “and”

Leading, inspiring, and empowering groups of people is no easy feat. The job of a leader is complex, often fast-paced, and always dynamic. You put one fire out and another one pops up in its place, blazing with even greater intensity. You adapt to a change in the marketplace, and bam!

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Give People the Energy to Do Their Best Work

The persistent call of leadership is to find effective ways to deliver superior performance in an enduring way. How do we achieve exemplary results, not just in the present, but for the foreseeable future and beyond?

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Meet These 4 Human Needs to Engage Employees

It is our belief that, “to win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace.” Leadership is truly all about the people. Companies with higher rates of employee engagement have been shown to meaningfully outperform those with low engagement.

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CEOs Can’t Give Feedback Only to Their Direct Reports

In my latest article for Harvard Business Review I share a unique practice that helped us turnaround engagement at Campbell.   I began my tenure as CEO of Campbell Soup Company in 2001 with the mandate to turn around an iconic but struggling consumer products company.

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Work Hard, Be Kind

Recently, as the ConantLeadership team and I reviewed quotes that spoke to us for a blog post on trust, we happened upon one from comedian Conan O’Brien that simply said, “Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.

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4 Powerful Ways to Value People Beyond Saying “Thank You”

Research shows that highly engaged employees are 50% more likely to exceed expectations at work. The same research finds companies with higher engagement levels outperform those with low engagement “by 54% in employee retention, by 89% in customer satisfaction, and by fourfold in revenue growth.

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Best Advice: You Can Do Better

It is my belief that even the briefest interactions wield limitless potential. The power of a few well-timed and sincerely delivered words can have life-changing impact. I’ve seen it firsthand, and benefited immensely from the advice delivered to me in pivotal moments throughout my life and leadership journey.

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