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Leadership Lessons from Chief Officers

December 27, 2009
At the eve of the New Year, many of you are thinking of resolutions which you want to commit to in order to create a better life for yourself. Several new members of our Talk for Change Toastmasters Club have committed already. They are aspiring leaders and communicators. We welcome them to our group and hope to build upon each other during our meetings to reap the rewards outside in the real world. Although most of our members work in the non-profit organizations or in the larger social benefit industry, there are lessons that can be learned from business leaders in for profit corporations. While going through the Wall Street Journal’s website, I came across an excellent selection of online videos that can benefit you. These leaders show by example, how to deliver:
  1. Concise message. How to deliver a valuable message in a short time.
  2. Sage wisdom. How to impact your organization by learning from the best.
  3. Excellence in Management. How to deal with your team members for optimal success.
Here are just a few of my favorites. There are many 1:00 to 2:00 minute videos like this on the WSJ Website.
Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer

Microsoft’s CEO creates a spreadsheet to budget time for the year, allocating time for meetings, travel and exploring new ideas.
Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook COO Sandberg: Honest Communication (7/23/2009)

Organizations thrive when employees feel they can speak honestly, even when there is disagreement, says Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
Kenneth Chenault

Kenneth Chenault

When leading meetings, AmEx CEO Kenneth Chenault says decide what the goal of the meeting is and tell people beforehand.
If you have the time, I suggest reviewing other people that have been asked to share their wisdom on the subjects of “Developing a Leadership Style”, “Building a Workplace Culture”, “Recruiting, Hiring, and Firing”, “Managing your People”, “Strategy”, “Execution”, “Innovation”, and of course our favorite “Managing Change”. Our next meeting is on January 6th, 2010. Come and spend an hour with us to see how you might be able to learn a thing or two about being a better communicator and leader in your life. Feel free to Contact Us if you need help finding our meeting.
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