Retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink defines leadership

For the better part of a decade, former SEAL commander Jocko Willink has passed on what he learned in the Navy to the civilian sector. In recent years, he’s become a bit of a celebrity due to a few New York Times bestsellers and a hit podcast.

With that has come more clients for his consulting firm Echelon Front, which he cofounded with his fellow former SEAL commander Leif Babin in 2010. He soon found that some of his clients expected a tough military guy to come in and yell at their team members, boot camp style.

«One of the early clients that I worked with, he said, ‘You know, I can’t wait until you come here and whip my people into shape,'» Willink told Business Insider for an episode of our podcast «Success! How I Did It.» «I said, ‘Well, if you want someone to whip your people into shape, you should hire someone else, because I’m not going to whip anyone into shape.’ If you want people to do things, you don’t whip them. You ended up with a beaten dog, and a beaten dog is useless. Or you’ll get a rebellion. The people that you’re beating, the slaves, will rebel against you and kill you.»
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I più bei discorsi ispirazionali, da Steve Jobs a JFK

Gli interventi dei CEO, dei presidenti americani e degli scrittori nelle università, i cosiddetti commencement speech, sono diventati momenti importanti della comunicazione politica e d’impresa. Delle lezioni di vita e di business che hanno ispirato il formato TED, e contribuiscono a formare la cultura “inspirational” profondamente americana. Questi rapidi discorsi diventano così momenti importanti della vita pubblica dei personaggi che hanno fatto la storia degli Stati Uniti, elevando JFK, Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg o Oprah Winfrey al rango di guru per le giovani generazioni.

I filmati di questi discorsi nelle università vengono poi immortalati su Youtube, dove generano milioni di visualizzazioni e trasmettono i loro messaggi alle generazioni future, perpetuando l’eredità culturale e la visione di chi parla. Le frasi pronunciate durante un commencement speech diventano rapidamente cult e virali sul web.
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How Johnson & Johnson and American Express Are Developing Young Leaders

Over the next decade, approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers will retire every day. Young leaders will have substantial opportunity to climb the corporate ladder — by 2030, millennials alone will comprise three out of every four individuals in the U.S. workforce — and companies will increasingly grapple with how to accelerate the development of those individuals for leadership positions.

We heard this leadership dilemma from multiple companies that participated in our research on the leadership perspectives of C-suite executives and millennial leaders, which was co-produced by our three organizations, The Conference Board, RW2 Enterprises, and DDI. The study examined the management and development preferences of America’s young and rising corporate leaders.

When the research showed the growing premium that companies place on high-speed development, we decided to follow up with some of the study’s participants to hear more. The accelerated development programs at American Express and Johnson & Johnson (J&J), specifically, caught our attention. (Disclosure: One of us, Ron, serves on the board of directors of American Express and Johnson & Johnson, and these companies are members of The Conference Board.) We share these examples here to illustrate how these forward-thinking companies are working now to address their future talent needs.
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These 5 Speaking Habits Make People Want To Collaborate With You

The words you use can either turn people away or make them fall over themselves for a chance to work with you.

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Prendere decisioni: come cambiare attitudine con la regola dei 5 secondi

Un nuovo libro (e la scienza) ci spiega che per smettere di procrastinare e cambiare attitudine bastano 5 secondi.
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Mindfulness as a Management Technique Goes Back to at Least the 1970s

Mindfulness may seem to be a fairly new phenomenon, it’s not. It first influenced business decades ago, through the development of an unmistakably hard skill that senior managers must master: strategic planning. Leaders today would be wise to learn from the past and to view strategic planning and mindfulness together. Before explaining why, though, a bit of history
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