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  • The World Demands Perfection, Yet Craves Authenticity

    Think about the paradoxes in your life. You want to exude executive presence—yet still be genuine. You want to hone your speaking and influence skills—but not appear manipulative. You want to inspire top performance from others—yet not drive away top talent with your demands. You want to be—and to be seen as—the real deal. How do you balance the polarities of perfection and authenticity to lead at your peak level?

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  • She Influenced a Discerning Audience

    I recently intereviewed Dr. Condoleezza Rice in front of a live audience gathered for a book signing of her newly-released memoir, "Extraordinary, Ordinary People."

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  • Witness LeBron’s Deceptive Body Language

    LeBron James and Dan Gilbert both damaged their global presence with their communications this week. LeBron's theatrics were a narcissistic nightmare. Gilbert's knee-jerk open letter was widely interpreted as an example of a sore loser.

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  • Witness the “Opportunity Communicator”

    We are all witnesses, indeed. We're all sick of witnessing the LeBron-aThon.

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  • Was Tiger's Talk A Good Recovery Shot?

    Time is of the essence when you owe someone an apology in the Internet age. As we all know, Tiger Woods certainly didn't rush to retract. By waiting 80 days to speak publicly, many people are convinced that he's arrogant and that he doesn't care.

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  • Did This CEO Hit the Sweet Spot?

    Kraft Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld is scrambling to persuade shareholders that her company's $17 billion bid to buy British candymaker Cadbury is good for both companies. Her pursuit has drawn poor reactions from both Cadbury's shareholders and Kraft's biggest shareholder, Warren Buffett.

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  • The “Stone Cold” SmackDown at NBC

    I spent many years anchoring the late news for an NBC-owned station, so I'm keenly aware of why general managers at NBC affiliates across America banded together, morphed into "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and wrestled the network to the ground.

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  • How to Hijack Your Own Influence during Q&A

    You've been leading a high priority mission for months. You've pushed. Prodded. You've influenced internally because you believe it's the most vital issue facing your organization. Your team has invested sweat equity and they're counting on you to make it happen publicly.

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  • The Less is More Lesson

    You heard about the married politician caught trysting with his girlfriend in Argentina. On the day he was caught returning from his fun in the sun, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford held a hasty, free association press conference at the statehouse to drop the bomb.

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  • Credibility Smackdown

    You're a smart person. The axe is falling on leaders everywhere and you want to come across as valuable and indispensable, right? Here's a quick cautionary tale to bullet-proof your credibility, straight from your TV.

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  • Do You Share Credit or Hog It?

    News reports throughout the weekend referred to Jett Travolta as "the son of John Travolta" and called the boy's death "The John Travolta Tragedy." The boy's mother was an afterthought in the news reports, if she was even mentioned at all.

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  • Make Your Point Like Warren Buffet

    One of the world's richest men is a master storyteller. Coincidence? Not a chance.

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