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John Maxwell’s book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” should be an integral part of any successful or aspiring leader’s personal library. Now in print as a 10th anniversary edition, Maxwell’s “21 Laws of Leadership” are refined and more relevant than ever in these troubling economic times.


The following is a paper I recently wrote for one of my M.B.A classes through the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Abstract Over the last few decades, two competing theories of corporate social responsibility have gained prominence in both the academic and business worlds. The first theory, as defended by Coelho, McClure and Spry (2003), is […]


As I mentioned in another article, anyone can be a manger.  However, if you want to truly inspire, motivate, and continually improve the performance of your team or organization, you need to understand the five most important qualities of leadership: Personal Commitment Passion Walking the Talk Actively Caring Trust Personal Commitment: If you want to […]


Trust is never given, it MUST be earned.  The trust between a leader and her team are continually built over time, day after day, project after project.  Unfortunately, it only takes a second to loose your team’s trust through a momentary lapse in judgment. As a leader, the challenge is not only building trust within your organization, but […]

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Last year I reviewed a great leadership book called “It’s Your Ship” by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff. In the book, Captain Abrashoff shares the leadership techniques he used to turn one of the most under-performing warships in the US Fleet (the USS Benfold) into the “best damn ship in the Navy“. Not only is the book full […]


The story of Captain D. Michael Abrashoff and his command of the USS Benfold has become legendary inside and outside of the Navy. Now Abrashoff offers this fascinating tale of top-down change for anyone trying to navigate today’s uncertain business seas.

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Leadership vs. Management

by Ben on May 25, 2009

Learn the difference between a manager and a leader in this though provoking new article by leadership type.


5 Key Elements of Effective Feedback

by Ben on May 20, 2009

In a previous article I explained my theory of Proactive and Reactive Feedback and how their use can make or break the productivity of your team. I made the case that feedback is better given when an employee or team’s performance is on the upward swing rather than waiting until their performance starts to dip. […]

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While the practice of leadership can very from one supervisor to the next, there are a few basic assumptions about leadership that apply to nearly everyone.