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What Can You Learn from the Best and Worst CEOs of 2013? What makes them tick? Sidney Finkelstein, strategy professor at Dartmouth and author of Why Smart Executives Fail, ranks CEOs based on several years of financial performance for the top 1,000 U.S. companies as well as major and emerging companies based elsewhere, particularly Japan, China, Brazil, Korea and Europe. In addition, Finkelstein looks beyond financial indicators to the answers of two questions regarding how a CEO responds to a challenge:

1. Was the CEO culpable, in that he or she knew, or should have known, what was going wrong yet was unable to right the ship?

2. Did the CEO’s actions, or inactions, provide evidence of a significant breach in corporate governance or strategic leadership?

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Once employing as many as 60,000 people in 9,000 stores, Blockbuster was once the king of video rentals. Now, only about 300 of the company-owned stores remain, and those will all be shuttered by January 2014. Read more about why Blockbuster failed and lessons to be learned from that and the other Biggest Business Flops of 2013.

She has been ranked more trustworthy than the Supreme Court, beat Oprah Winfrey in ratings and makes $47 million per season. Here are 5 things Judge Judy can teach you about success.

Life happens for you not to you. So, the next time “stuff” hits the fan, ask yourself:

  • Where did this challenge originate?
  • What was my role in allowing this to remain a challenge?
  • What did I learn from this challenge?
  • How can I prevent this from becoming a repeat challenge?

Read The Real Reason You Fail (And How to Stop)

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Lesson from Elon Musk via “5 Entrepreneur Talks You Must Watch Before 2014”:

…there’s always something wrong. It’s usually something small. At any moment, the probability of failure is high. Ultimately, you can’t let the small details derail your big vision. Keep your heart, and head, on track, and your potential will be limitless.

Mark Zuckerberg may make it look easy, but being a young entrepreneur can be tough. Here’s what they won’t teach you in college on how to be a CEO under 30:
Never try this alone.
Always question the “standard process.”
Passion is even more important than usual.
Learn to hire—and manage—executives much more experienced (read: older) than you.
Know when to get out of your own way.

Mark Zuckerberg may make it look easy, but being a young entrepreneur can be tough. Here’s what they won’t teach you in college on how to be a CEO under 30:

  • Never try this alone.
  • Always question the “standard process.”
  • Passion is even more important than usual.
  • Learn to hire—and manage—executives much more experienced (read: older) than you.
  • Know when to get out of your own way.

In honor of last night’s finale of Breaking Bad, what can Walter White and his band of illicit misfits teach you about business? Besides what not to do, this compelling show offers 5 memorable lessons for business owners:

Lesson No. 1: This business thing—you can’t do it alone.

Lesson No. 2: Don’t let your ego run the show.

Lesson No. 3: There’s nothing better for business than a distinct and recognizable product.

Lesson No. 4: Bad business decisions only beget more bad business decisions.

Lesson No. 5: If you’re doing it for the money, you’re doing it for the wrong reasons.


Read more on AMC’s critically acclaimed series Breaking Bad and what you can learn business-wise from this high school chemistry teacher turned illicit trade kingpin.

From a single sandwich shop financed with $1,000 to a record-breaking 40,000 locations today, we can all learn a thing or two from Subway’s massive success. Here are nine lessons all small-business owners can learn from Subway:

  1. Focus and set goals.
  2. Listen to your customers.
  3. Go with your gut.
  4. Stand by your word.
  5. Be true to your brand.
  6. Think globally.
  7. Pay it forward.
  8. It’s not all about you.
  9. Think big.
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Learn more about how to get your best business lessons from life, not the books.

potentialistlbli:

Something to think about…
#leadership, #coaching, #insight, #performance, #motivation, #youredge (at Sphere Cafe)

Want to know the secret to being a great leader? Unschooling.

Learn more about how to get your best business lessons from life, not the books.

A wealth of experience: Here are our top 10 lessons for entrepreneurs who want to get more out of work and life.

A wealth of experience: Here are our top 10 lessons for entrepreneurs who want to get more out of work and life.