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The Best Internal Candidate Might Come From an Unlikely Place

Proven winners are great additions to any team. But finding a leader who can develop new talents makes everyone a winner.

Nearly a decade after Gallup released “Strengths-Based Leadership,” which asserts that great leaders are always investing in strengths, we are learning that the opposite may also be true. According to Gallup, when work focuses on individuals’ strengths, employees are six times more likely to be engaged in the job. That makes intuitive sense. Yet, when […]

The World Needs to Build More than 2 Billion Homes

Housing is arguably this century's greatest challenge. Here's why.

By the end of this century, the world’s population will increase by another 3.6 billion people. According to the U.N., the global population is set to reach more than 11.2 billion by the year 2100, up from the current 7.6 billion. And that is considered “medium growth.” The upscaling required in terms of infrastructure and development, […]

Want to Grow Faster and Smarter?

Try these seven rules of fearless growth.

Growth has always been fundamental to business success, but it’s never been more critical than now. Rapid changes in technology, shifting customer expectations, disruptive business models and quickly evolving regulations force organizations to innovate quickly and invest in new lines of business that will fuel future growth. The problem? The same forces that make growth […]

What Do You Want From Your Employees?

Can you explain your leadership principles – in as few words as possible?

When Joe Whittinghill came into his role as general manager for talent, learning and insight at Microsoft, the tech giant’s leadership model was characteristically thorough. There were eight competencies leaders needed to succeed, 10 behaviors that marked inclusive diversity, five things employees had to do to flourish and more than 100 skills you needed to […]

Becoming a Business Visionary

UPS CEO David Abney details his big data vision.

Lloyd Shefsky’s book, Visionarie$ Are Made Not Born, lays out the five elements of vision needed to become a business visionary. Shefsky taps into the stories of business visionaries, as well as his expert insight, to demonstrate the successful utilization of such qualities.  Shefsky, who recently retired as Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s […]

A Message From Confucius to Business Leaders

In today's hyper-speed world, reflection is a lost art.

One of the most admirable and arguably underrated qualities of leadership is the capacity for reflection. Confucius called it the most noble way to learn wisdom. But when we talk about what makes someone a successful leader, we typically describe attributes like the ability to innovate, make strategic decisions or manage uncertainty. We rarely mention […]

Why the Best Mentors Think Like Michelangelo

Thoughtful sculptors use the tools of patient listening and generous affirmation to help draw forth the dream.

Michelangelo approached the craft of sculpting with the conviction that a piece of art already existed within the stone, and his job was only to release it. We think the best mentors approach their art in the same way. Social psychology teaches us that in the best romantic relationships partners sculpt one another by bringing […]

Why 2018 Must Be the Year for Women to Thrive

As leaders from around the world meet in Davos, ending discrimination and abuse against women should be at the top of the agenda.

The need for greater respect and opportunities for women is becoming an ever more prominent feature of the public conversation. Longstanding advocates for women’s empowerment are feeling energized, while countless others – women and men alike – are being persuaded of the urgency of this task. This year at the World Economic Forum the challenge of female […]

5 Ways Work Can Help You Beat the January Blues

During this stressful time of the year, bosses can take these 5 steps to improve an employee's mental health.

The January blues have set in, and it’s peak month for divorce lawyers and job searching. A new job isn’t necessarily the answer, though. Work, complain though we do, is not all bad. Work can be very good for us – it can provide much-needed direction and a sense of purpose in otherwise difficult times. […]

The Final Delivery

How the World Food Program provides life-saving food assistance and a pathway to self-sufficiency.

When Jeremias Ngwenya opened his eyes one morning last March in Mozambique, he remembers exactly how he felt. He rested upon a soft, white mattress with a faded blue flower print, just underneath a teal-colored mosquito net. Small rays of sun burst through the uneven spaces in the walls of tethered reeds surrounding him. “When […]

What to Do When You’re Feeling Distracted at Work

We all struggle with focus. But these 8 steps can help you get back on track.

Sometimes there’s so much going on in your life and the broader world that you can’t focus. How can you get back to feeling productive? Feeling distracted and unproductive is something most people struggle with, says Susan David, founder of the Harvard/McLean Institute of Coaching. Especially because most of us are constantly bombarded by news […]

5 Interview Questions for Hiring Better People

To identify job candidates who have substance and not just smarts, here are better questions to ask.

While the number of questions that can be asked on a job interview are infinite, almost all of them fall into one of two categories: questions about competency or questions about character. Competency questions are aimed at establishing a person’s skills, abilities and qualifications. Character questions are intended to illuminate their intrinsic values and personality. […]

Our Top 5 Leadership Articles of 2017

A year-end look at the best leadership content from Longitudes.

Of all the trends shaping the world of tomorrow, leadership is arguably the most popular topic on Longitudes. With macro forces disrupting all industries and companies of all sizes, leadership has never been in more demand. During the past 12 months, we’ve focused on a number of questions leaders confront every day: How do you build […]

Leaders: Do You Fear the Future?

Seizing the day is not a recipe for business success. Leaders must confront their fears of the future and turn them into something positive.

If you don’t have some fear about the future, you’re not paying attention. But fear is not a bad thing. It’s what you do with your fear that can turn bad. In a world of disruptive opportunity, leaders will need to learn how to practice voluntary fear exposure. They will need safe zones to practice […]

These 4 Easy Steps Can Make You a Math Whiz

It’s not always so simple to solve problems. But that’s the glory of it – the messy, wonderful, powerful adventure.

Many people find mathematics daunting. If true, this piece is for you. If not, this piece is still for you. What do you think of when you think about mathematics? Perhaps you think about x’s and y’s, intractable fractions or nonsensical word problems. The cartoonist Gary Larson once depicted Hell’s library as containing only giant […]

CEOs Should Think Like Founders, Not Just Managers

Here are five actions leaders can take to move from a manager to re-founder mindset.

Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft and Facebook. Today’s most successful companies are for the most part young firms led by founders and their teams. The signal is undeniable: The market now rewards the long-term vision and continual investment in new growth represented by these younger enterprises. Large companies have been responding to these developments for some time, […]

Strategy Is a Hypothesis You Constantly Adjust

With today's best strategies, calling an audible is part of the design.

The widely accepted view that strategy and execution are separable activities sets companies up for failure in a fast-paced world. In our research on strategic failure, we discovered a common pattern: What started as small gaps in execution spiraled into business failures when initial strategies were not altered based on new information provided by experience. […]

4 Ways to Build Military Precision Into Civilian Leadership

There are parallels to leading on the battlefield and in civilian life.

I remember the words of the commanding officer of a French Foreign Legion regiment saying that leading human beings was a love story, a very tough one, since it was about sending the very same loved ones to war, and possibly to death. This was a dilemma I was presented with in April 2007, at […]

The Best Way to Deal With Failure

How to ensure you don’t make the same mistake again.

Failure is a part of life, and we make mistakes pretty much every day. How do we cope? Or better yet, how should we cope? Academics and the mainstream media tend to offer a simple solution: Don’t let it get to you, and think about how things could have been worse. These self-protective thoughts usually […]

You Don’t Find Your Purpose – You Build It

In the search for purpose, sources of meaning can and do change over time.

We’re all looking for purpose. Most of us feel that we’ve never found it, we’ve lost it or in some way we’re falling short. What makes things more difficult is that we often carry some fundamental misconceptions about it. Challenging them is essential in developing a more rounded vision of purpose. Here are the most […]

5 Ways to Close the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship

Research shows that female-owned businesses are as sustainable as those operated by men.

Despite a closing of the gender gap in labor force participation rates in OECD countries over the past 25 years, women continue to be underrepresented in entrepreneurship. A new report from the OECD and European Commission – the Missing Entrepreneurs 2017 – shows that in 2016, men were, on average, 1.7 times more likely to […]

Uniting Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is a contact sport. But this expert has some tips for aspiring business owners.

Victoria Lennox is the co-founder of Startup Canada, an organization established in 2012 to provide support to entrepreneurs in Canada and beyond. Their goal is to create an environment and culture for entrepreneurs to succeed. The organization uses grassroots startup communities to connect mentors, investors, service providers and other entrepreneurs. Longitudes caught up with Victoria […]

What’s Your Rocket Fuel?

Motivation and purpose come in many different forms. Here are some ways to identify your calling.

What propels you from your bed each morning and into the office? What motivates you to work late to complete a task? What energizes you at work? In short, what’s your rocket fuel? I am fascinated by what motivates people, especially engineers. This is more than a casual curiosity. As a leader, it is my […]

Delivering on the Dream of Diversity

We cannot reap the benefits of a diverse workforce without doing everything in our power to ensure all people have the opportunity to reach their potential.

Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. Join us in celebrating the generations of Hispanics enriching the world of today and tomorrow. These days, hot-button issues, hot tempers and heated debates seem to rule the day. It’s because we live in a divided nation that’s becoming even more divided. Over the years, we’ve […]

Are You a Lifelong Learner?

Continual education and training could be the key to a happier, and wealthier, future.

Learning throughout life makes sense. Research shows it is good for your health, your wealth, your civic engagement and your family’s future prospects. It prolongs your independent life and enriches your quality of life. For companies, investing in worker skills makes sense too – it promotes flexibility and creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and an increased sense […]

How To Transform Your Enterprise

Lessons from business leaders on constant innovation.

According to Jeff Bezos, “My view is there’s no bad time to innovate.” This practice of constant innovation has helped Amazon quickly capture market share in many seemingly unconnected industries. As Amazon has taught us, the winners in today’s economy have one thing in common: They are always willing to innovate and transform themselves to […]

Becoming Visible: Insights for Working Women From the Women of Hidden Figures

These five quotes from the acclaimed film provide valuable insight on leadership and inclusion.

Photo above: Mary Jackson adjusts a control on an instrument. Courtesy, NASA. Hidden Figures is the incredible, previously untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. These three brilliant “computers” worked for NASA in the early 1960s and were the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Think about it: […]

Growing Global: Lessons Lived and Learned

Companies of all sizes could benefit from riding the e-commerce wave in China.

Fifty years ago, U.S. total trade equaled $50 billion. Today we import and export more than $4 trillion annually in goods and services. A growing percentage of those U.S. exports are bound for China, as the number of Chinese middle-class consumers, along with their interest in U.S. products, continues to grow. In fact, U.S. exports […]

What Skydiving Taught Me About Mentorship

Personal growth begins with humility.

I had an epiphany about mentorship after throwing myself out of a plane (solo) at 13,000 feet on my seventh skydive in three days. To learn how to skydive solo, you take the Accelerated Free Fall course. It is four to five hours of coaching, plus seven levels and takes about a week. You can […]

UPS and Expo 2020 Dubai: Ready to Deliver Unforgettable Experiences

World-class expos can’t happen without world-class logistics.

Hosting a global celebration of innovation and creativity, such as Expo 2020 Dubai, comes with a complex set of supply and logistics requirements. Huge amounts of goods and supplies of all kinds need to be delivered from around the world to Dubai every day for the six-month duration of the Expo, from October 2020 to […]