Richard Branson can easily spot an inexperienced leader. If you see someone raising his voice at employees, stuttering nervously in front of a group or avoiding admitting when he’s wrong, that’s a person who is just starting out. If you want to stand out as a leader, a good place to begin is by listening. Any organization’s best assets are its people, and if you are ready to help the team to achieve its goals, you can start gathering information on how to move things along just by paying attention to what employees are saying.
Amid the clank of silverware inside the popular SoHo brasserie Balthazar on Friday morning, a 10-by-8-foot mirror peeled away from the wall and came down slowly onto customers in the midst of their breakfast. Some diners scattered. One person, a former French government official, was slightly hurt.
She swears to God corporations must change from the bottom, because it will never happen at the top. It’s the juniors who must take the initiative and change the culture.” Cindy consults for some of the biggest corporations in the country, often spending an entire week studying every department, speaking to people at every level. “The whole story is never in the executive boardrooms,” she says. “It’s always among the troops.”
Joe Torre ranks fifth in all-time managerial wins, with 2,326. The Associated Press named him Manager of the Year in 1982 and 1998. In 1996 and 1998, the Baseball Writers Association of America named him American League Manager of the Year and, in 1996, The Sporting News named him Sportsman of the Year. He won ESPN’s ESPY Award for Best Manager/Coach of the Year in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001.
This intriguing man is nothing less than a business soothsayer in the world of professional speakers. Jason is the author of eight books, all of them bestsellers. I’d booked him, but had never met him. The grapevine in this business is small and well-trimmed. Four different clients had told me this man is the best business speaker in America.