Author: Rick Miller

What Can A Six-Year-Old Teach Us About Leadership?

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What Power Really Means to an Entrepreneur

How does an entrepreneur increase their power? If you believe, as some do, that power is all about title, position, authority, control, and supremacy, you’ll find it a challenge. Entrepreneurs can give themselves any title or position they want. They have complete authority to do whatever they want whenever they want, and they have ultimate […]

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3 Ways Neuroscience Can Help You Build a Powerful Team

The NeuroLeadership Institute (NLI) is a leading global research organization and a pioneer of bringing neuroscience to leadership. NLI advocates “using hard science to transform leadership effectiveness.” In my words, they make organizations more powerful. Neuroscience can help you build a powerful team, too. Listening to Joe Wittinghill, GM Talent, Learning and Insights at Microsoft will give you […]

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Do You Know When to Quit?

“Never give up.” “Persistence alone is omnipotent.” “When the going gets tough… ” and so on and so on. Our culture is awash in historical reminders to keep our “nose to the grindstone” until the job gets done. We’ve gotten good at the hustle. But the truth is that our culture doesn’t know when to […]

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What Does Sustainable Growth Really Mean?

People are often confused by the term sustainable growth. While most believe it a worthy objective, its definition is less clear. Does it mean “green growth?” Is it part of the “triple bottom line”? Does it have to do with the corporate social responsibility (CSR) framework, which suggests that an entity has an obligation to act […]

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31 Ways to Become a Real Leader

The term Commanding Officer (CO) has long been associated with military hierarchy. At the top of the military ladder is the position of Commander in Chief. Commanders at each level are often referred to as the “superior” of levels below. In my experience dealing with the best and the brightest who serve our country, very […]

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How to Build Powerful Organizations

Powerful organizations drive sustainable growth – healthy growth that lasts. But how does an organization become powerful, and what does power really mean? We love to list and rank the powerful. My friend Stefan Swanepoel just released a list of the 200 most powerful people in U.S. real estate. Other lists include the world’s most […]

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How to Identify Real Power. Hint: It’s not Authority

Power is a noun with four primary definitions: Ability, influence, energy and positional authority. The biggest problem in business today is that too often we ignore the first three definitions due to our preoccupation with the fourth, positional authority. We look to the top of an organization chart to learn where the power lies in any team or group. […]

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Engaging the Quiet Chiefs

When I took over Lucent’s Government Operations, I was confident in our ability to turn around the unit in part based on many great suggestions made by a group of strong, vocal employees in Washington, DC and Greensboro, NC. By and large, these employees were visible and forceful in sharing their views of what it […]

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The 36-point Checklist For Being A Real Chief

  Conventional wisdom about Chiefs is all wrong. It says Chiefs are special. Chiefs are chosen. Chiefs have titles. And only those with the power and influence at the top can truly be Chief. Fresh out of business school, I aspired to be Chief. I worked hard to move up the ladder in the hope […]

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10 Opportunities for Viral Engagement in the Workplace

Companies are not getting the best returns possible. They are leaving money on the table. But the problem is not with returns on financial capital—it’s human capital that’s left behind. Estimates go as high as $370 million in lost profits annually in the United States. Specifically, the lack of employee engagement is resulting in huge […]

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The Return on Investment of Gender Balanced Leadership

Many strong arguments have been made by authors Gerzema, Sandberg, Grant, Herman, and others for an increase in the number of women in business leadership roles, including at board, C-suite, and general management levels. But here are the simple, research-based facts: Women make companies smarter. Women make companies more profitable. Companies with more women outperform those with fewer women across a range of […]

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A New Definition of Sustainable Success

My dad once said that any baseball player can have a good season, but it takes a different kind of focus to be great throughout his entire career. The goal of any athlete should be sustained excellence, Dad said. He also taught me that in business, the same rule applied. As a career HR professional, […]

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A New Measure of Business Success

We are currently facing some of the most difficult global challenges in a generation: inclusion, recession, and depletion. Inclusion: nearly three billion people will enter the global middle class in the next 20 years. Recession: the global economy is still feeling the effects of the 2008 financial meltdown. Depletion: the climate is warming, which is […]

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Business Growth from the Inside Out with Mindfulness

Employee engagement is a constant struggle that seems to be getting worse. The New York Times described the problem, yet again, just last month in an opinion article on employee burnout. The article reports that Harvard Medical School psychiatrist and assistant clinical professor Srinivasan S. Pillay surveyed a random sample of 72 senior leaders and found that almost every […]

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Being Chief – Unlocking Your Power

Rick Miller describes how Chief titles are widely used today for people with power, but don’t accurately reflect what it means to be a Real Chief. He asserts that Being Chief is about making a choice rather than gaining a title. Watch Rick speak here to learn how to unlock your power and be a […]

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