Things to Read


3 Companies with Great Mentoring Programs and Why You Should Have One Too

Have you ever had a great mentor? Someone who guided your career, helped you learn and grow, acted as a sounding board, or helped you transition to various stages of work and life?

Unfortunately, I never had a mentor or a coach at any of the organizations I worked for. I suppose that’s one of the reasons why I went off on my own 15 years ago. I never really felt that anyone had my back, was willing to guide me, or help me grow personally and professionally, and that’s a bit sad.

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What Does It Take To Be A Fortune 500 CEO? Perpetual Learning

Kathy Mazzarella is CEO of Graybar and one of just two dozen female CEOs in the Fortune 500. Kathy worked for Graybar, a global supply chain services company, for 32 years before becoming CEO. She started as a customer service representative and worked her way up through sales and marketing before becoming the SVP Sales and Marketing and eventually CEO.

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National Grid CEO Shares Three Ways To Be A Successful Future Leader -John Pettigrew

National Grid CEO Shares Three Ways To Be A Successful Future Leader

Before becoming CEO of British multinational electricity and gas utility company National Grid, John Pettigrew worked for the company for 25 years. He joined National Grid straight out of college in the early 1990s, when electricity and gas production was drastically different than it is today. To say he has seen the industry and his company change over the course of his career would be an understatement. But John knows that successful leaders anticipate change and are able to adapt quickly.

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Are You Finding Time To Be Curious?

I’m super busy…like ultra super crazy busy!

I have kids to take care of, a business to turn, clients to work with, a wife to keep happy, dogs that need to be walked, a team of people I need to lead, plus there’s looking after the house, helping with meals, bed times, etc.


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Former Unilever CEO Paul Polman Says Leaders Must Have A Deeper Sense Of Purpose

Paul Polman has been through it all—he became CEO of a struggling multinational corporation during the height of the recession, survived a terrorist attack in Mumbai and has led global task forces and committees. Each of those experiences have contributed to his unique perspectives, but they don’t define him as a leader. His strong leadership is driven by a deeper sense of purpose, which Paul says is the most important attribute of a leader.

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Five Signs You Work For A Truly Great Leader

I’ve said this many times here…leadership is changing and as a leader you have two choices, you adapt or you get replaced.

I interviewed over 140 of the world’s top CEOs for my new book, The Future Leader: 9 Skills and Mindsets to Succeed in the Next Decade, and this was the general consensus.

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