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Leadership lessons from MBA Faculty

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Over the next few weeks, business schools across the United States will welcome new students, first-year MBA students will advance to their final years, and those in their final year – including myself – will graduate. If these three groups are plotted on a Venn Diagram, the intersection will represent a special sub-group who will […]

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How effective is your learning style?

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It is true that leaders are learners. An HBR research on leadership development showed that leaders who are in learning modedevelop stronger leadership skills than their peers. Yet, learning the wrong way can become a ritual that leaves the learner with a fleeting sense of accomplishment – “books I have read” rather than a true transformation. The […]

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Will your team pass this diversity test?

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The importance of diversity and inclusion cannot be overestimated. Diverse and inclusive organizations are more innovative, have higher revenues, and stronger talent acquisition opportunities. In a 2018 McKinsey study, it was reported that gender-diverse companies are 21% more likely to outperform the industry average compared to companies in the bottom quartile. That number jumps to […]

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How to delegate effectively

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A good leader is an effective delegator. Leadership without delegation is no different than a line-out meeting where tasks are handed off to employees without the leader’s involvement. According to this HBR article, “One of the most difficult transitions for leaders to make is the shift from doing to leading. As a new manager you can get away […]

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You may still have your ear plugs on

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As a miner, ear plugs are a big part of my Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gear. When around crushing equipment which break up boulders of rocks into sizes that liberate the mineral of interest, the noise levels could usually go above 80 decibels. At these noise levels, ear plugs can reduce the decibel exposures and […]