Real Leaders

If Negotiations Are So Important, Why Are They So Hard?

High-stakes negotiations can be nerve-racking. There’s a lot riding on the outcome, and because of it, you place enormous pressure on yourself. Will you secure that sought-after client? Will you seal that big deal? Land that investor? And what happens if you don’t? Preparing for and engaging in these kinds of negotiations generates beta brain […]

How to Innovate in Hybrid and Remote Work

Some major companies have implemented return-to-work policies, but at what cost? Disney CEO Bob Iger demanded in January that all employees come to the office at least four days a week because, “In a creative business like ours, nothing can replace the ability to connect, observe, and create with peers that comes from being physically […]

3 Unusual Investment Strategies that Are Off the Map

These three investment strategies turn traditional thinking on its head and show how huge value can be generated by incentivizing lifestyle choices and trading assets that go beyond hard cash. Invest in Time In Switzerland, investing in your future has just taken on a new meaning. People are saving up time so they can spend […]

The Future of Roof Rejuvenation: Soy Bio-oil

Mike and Todd Feazel spent 25 years growing one of the largest and most successful roofing companies in the United States. As time passed, it became apparent that shingles were changing. The amount of shingles per bundle increased, which meant individual shingles were lighter and less durable. The brothers witnessed roofs failing at astounding rates. […]

3 Mind-Blowing Innovations that Could Power the World

The future is arriving sooner than you think. These three emerging technologies could change the way we live and travel and help us avert a climate disaster by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. 1. Roads that Charge Electric Cars as They Drive Holcim, a global company that creates sustainable building materials, has partnered with […]

Why Did Adidas Wait So Long to Drop Kanye West?

“Adidas does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech… the company has taken the decision to terminate the partnership with Ye immediately,” according to its October 25 news release. That statement conveys a principled and admirable stance against the antisemitism shown by the rapper formerly known as Kanye West after his antisemitic […]

Why the Employee Ownership Model Works for My Company

Like many CEOs and business leaders, I’ve thought about income inequality and the shrinking middle class. While this far-reaching societal issue is complex and can’t be solved overnight, leaders can make a real difference in their employees’ lives through more equitable compensation and benefits.  While generous compensation can make a significant difference in the day-to-day […]

Why This Disgusting Job Has One of the Highest Retention Rates

Yes, that Roto-Rooter! (I promise, this relates to hiring) Recently, I had this company fix a clogged sewer line. Luckily, the problem was small, but the repair people reminded me of a valuable lesson. While their machine was working, I asked the two Roto Rooter employees: “So, how long have you worked for the company?” Their answer floored […]

Businesses Can Fight for Justice — this Nonprofit Shows How

When employers and investors speak up, lawmakers pay attention. The Responsible Business Initiative for Justice (RBIJ) was founded in 2017, and since then, this award-winning nonprofit has partnered with hundreds of companies across the world to advance fairness and equality in systems of punishment and incarceration. By engaging businesses to use their voices, resources, and […]

How Business Leaders are Using Technology to Fight Food Waste

An enormous amount of food goes to waste in the US and around the world while millions of people suffer food insecurity. The impact of food waste also has serious ramifications for the environment and on businesses’ sustainability goals and profitability, posing unprecedented challenges. In a recent landmark report titled Overcoming the Food Waste Challenge: […]