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Jamie Gerdsen

Zombie Hunter Extraordinaire

On my business cards, I’ve often thought the titles under my name should read: Owner. CEO. Zombie Hunter. Handing them out and watching for the inevitable eye roll would be kind of fun. But make no mistake; I’m dead serious about zombie hunting. This is a skill that – if Owner or CEO is a title on your business card – you need to master. And fast.


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About the Author

Jamie GerdsenJamie Gerdsen, the CEO/Owner of Apollo Home, is a sought after speaker on leading and improving a traditional ‘Main Street’ business. His new book is Zombies Ate My Business: How to Keep Your Traditional Business from Becoming One of the Undead.

How To Be A Leader Who Gets Real

How much do I tell, how much do I withhold? When does self-revelation serve a conversation, when is it self-indulgent?

These can be tough questions for any leader to figure out. Here’s a recent case of somebody getting it right. Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, last November announced a bold initiative to better tackle mental illness in the city. His initiative features increased access to mental health services for all New Yorkers, in recognition of the causal link between mental health issues and homelessness in New York.

To drive home that mental health is everybody’s issue, de Blasio made the announcement surrounded by his immediate family. And in conversation with NPR’s Linda Wertheimer, his outspoken wife Chirlane McCray by his side, de Blasio explained his family’s very personal link to mental health.


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Achim Nowak, president of Influens, is an international executive coach to Fortune 500 executives and entrepreneurs. He is the author of the new book, The Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating a Mindful Life in a Distracted World (New Page Books).

Anatomy of a Great Leader

What makes a great leader? While there is no cookie-cutter answer, there are certain characteristics that great leaders commonly exhibit. Not only do you need to be technically qualified, but you must be able to manage time, energy and staff efficiently. A great leader harnesses mind, body and soul, because leadership isn’t what you do, it’s who you are. Read more in the infographic, The Anatomy of a Great Leader, below.
Anatomy of a Great Leader


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BookPal is an Irvine-based e-commerce company that sells books in bulk to corporations, school districts, non-profits and government agencies.

Why Should Anyone Work Here?

6 Fundamentals That Underpin Engagement – authentic organizations are high-performing organizations.

We began our research by asking people to describe their dream organization—one that feels authentic and within which it is possible for one’s best self to emerge. We’ve synthesized these ideal organizational qualities and have shown how some workplaces are making the elements of the dream real, inspiring the rest of us in the process.

Put together these multiple benefits – commitment, creativity, understanding, personal development, trust, purpose, and freedom—and you have created the fundamentals that underpin engagement at work. And we know that engagement is correlated with performance.

Why Should Anyone Work Here?The dream organization, then, is also the high-performing organization.


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Rob Goffee is Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School, where he teaches in the world-renowned Senior Executive Programme.

Gareth Jones is a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School and a visiting professor at Spain’s IE Business School in Madrid.

Rob and Gareth consult to the boards of several global companies and are coauthors of Why Should Anyone Be Led by You? and Clever, both published by Harvard Business Review Press.

StrategyDriven Organizational Accountability Warning Flag

Organizational Accountability Warning Flag 4 – Taking Care of Employees

StrategyDriven Organizational Accountability Warning Flag ArticleAt first glance, warning against taking care of one’s employees appears contradictory to what most would believe is an important function of every manager. Context is important here. Too often, managers ‘take care of their employees’ during the performance review process.


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