Leadership Lessons from Lewis & Clark

Charles M. Russell: Lewis and Clark on the Lower Columbia From May 1804 to September 1806, two men led an expedition from St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean and back again. The group covered over 7,000 miles, crossed the Rocky Mountains in harsh conditions, and encountered numerous Native American tribes, both friendly and hostile. They[…]

How My First Boss Saved Me From Failing

I was 23 years old, in my first professional job and I was failing big-time. My boss had recently handed me a list of five-hundred names and phone numbers and instructed me to cold call them. I picked up the phone and started dialing. I felt a palpable sense of fear and anxiety as I[…]

Innovation, Risk & Failure at Pixar

In a recent interview, Ed Catmull, the cofounder of Pixar, shares his views on risk, failure and culture. The entire interview is worthwhile, but I found Ed’s perspective on these three issues to be especially insightful and applicable to all industries. Taking Risks The nature of innovation requires risk taking. This creates a fundamental tension[…]

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The 5As Framework Getting More From Your Investment In Training As a manager, you spend money on training and your employees spend valuable time being trained, but you’re often not seeing optimal business results from this investment. Research shows that very few employees are able to apply what they learn in training to achieve measurable[…]

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Sean P. Murray is the founder and CEO of RealTime Performance, a consulting firm focused on leadership development, employee engagement and talent management. Since founding RealTime Performance in 1999, Sean has helped companies such as State Farm, Nordstrom, FedEx, Lockheed Martin, PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks and Chubb design and develop programs for leadership assessment[…]