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[…]

What We Can Learn from Jeff Bezos about Decision Making

For the past few years Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has shared his approach to decision making in his annual letter to shareholders. Given Amazon’s ability to innovate, and its meteoric rise to retail dominance, there is much we can learn from Bezos and his tips for better decision making. Type 1 vs. Type 2 Decisions Bezos[…]

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[…]

7 Leadership Lessons from a CEO

I recently had an opportunity to hear Gail McGovern speak to a group of high-potential leaders at the American Red Cross headquarters in Washington, DC. She shared her personal history from her early career at AT&T where she started as a computer programmer and rose to Executive Vice President. There were a lot of lessons[…]

3 Tips for Improving Decision Making

You walk into the conference room for your fourth meeting of the day. It’s a cross-functional committee and you’ve been tasked with making a big decision. You’re pretty sure the committee made a decision during last week’s meeting, and you’re hopeful today’s topic is focused on execution. After all, a solution was discussed thoroughly and[…]

Z to A of Leadership (Q to O)

  Photo by: Ben Sutherland There’s a lot to be said for keeping it simple. That’s why each week we’re exploring just three words related to leadership in our Z to A of Leadership series. Why did we start with Z, you might ask? Because great leaders start with the end in mind. Q is[…]

Z to A of Leadership: R through T

  Photo by: Ben Sutherland     With theories, strategies and advice from experts that you must use, being a good leader can feel really difficult. But, there’s a lot to be said for keeping it simple. That’s why each week we’re exploring three words in our Z to A of Leadership series. Each week[…]

Z to A of Leadership (W to U)

  Photo by: Ben Sutherland With theories, strategies and advice from experts that you must use, being a good leader can feel really difficult. But, there’s a lot to be said for keeping it simple. That’s why each week we’re exploring three words in our Z to A of Leadership series. Each week we highlight[…]

Z to A of Leadership: Z through X

    With theories, strategies and advice from experts that you must use, being a good leader can feel really difficult. But, there’s a lot to be said for keeping it simple. That’s why we’re starting a new series, The Z to A of Leadership, here at the RTP Leadership blog. We hope you’ll join[…]

Four Easy Ways to Improve Your Development

  It’s back to school week in many cities around the United States. As kids and teachers make their way back into the classroom, we can all use the “back to school” mentality to get a fresh start when it comes to our professional development as leaders. Take the back to school momentum and apply[…]