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Top 20 Leadership And Management Experts You Should Start Following

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Top 20 Leadership And Management Experts You Should Start Following

Want to be a better leader? Find and follow the people who are recognized leadership experts and management authorities to learn strategies, tips, advice, and visionary ideas for bringing the best principles to work in your life and career.

1. Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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    Kanter, who holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, is a leader who guides leaders through teaching, writing, and consulting. with a focus on innovation and leadership for change and sustainable enterprises.

    Kanter’s book SuperCorp takes information gleaned from interviews with 350 people at key corporations around the world to show that “the businesses that are agile, keeping ahead of the curve in terms of market changes and customer needs, are the businesses that are also progressive, socially responsible human communities.”

    Online: Blog, HarvardBiz Blog, Facebook, Twitter

    2. Lynda Gratton

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      Gratton is author of The Shift, a book “for anyone keen to take charge of the future of their work.” Gratton focuses on the intersection of people and organizations and directs a premier program on human resources, ‘Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies,’ at London Business School.

      Gratton is the founder of the Hot Spots Movement, a unique research consultancy that takes academic research and uses that data to come up with business solutions.

      Online: Website, Blog, Twitter

      3. Daniel Burrus

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        Burrus, the author of six books and the Strategic Insights blog, is known for his visionary business strategy and focus on anticipatory, rather than reactive, change for business organizations. He writes and consults on technology trends, business strategy, and innovation. Burrus, known as technology futurist, is considered one of the leading forecasters of technology trends, and is a leading consultant to Google.

        Online: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube

        4. Jeff Haden

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          Speaker, columnist, and ghostwriter of more than 40 non-fiction books, Haden is an expert in management and leadership, having worked his way up through the ranks to become a respected expert on leadership, management, and small business. Haden is charmingly self-deprecating, saying things like, “[I am a] LinkedIn Influencer (the only time I’ll ever appear on the same list as Richard Branson).”

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          Online: Website, Twitter, Inc. columns, Business Insider columns

          5. Rieva Lesonsky

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            Lesonsky, well-known business expert, is the force behind GrowBiz Media and SmallBizDaily.com. Thousands turn to her for up-to-date insight on business trends, management insight, and leadership lessons. Lesonsky is very active and approachable on social media, and provides a mix of encouragement and tough questions for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and other leaders.

            Online: Blog, Twitter, HuffPost columns

            6. Anita Campbell

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              Campbell, a lawyer by training, ventured from the legal world into writing, publishing, and speaking on leadership, small business, and management with great success. She is a Forbes Top Influential Woman for Entrepreneurs, CEO of BizSugar, small business analyst, speaker, and CEO of Small Business Trends. Campbell keeps leaders and business managers up-to-date with business news and forecasts as well as practical content marketing and social media advice.

              Online: Blog, Twitter, Facebook

              7. Barbara Corcoran

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                Easily recognizable from her ongoing role on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Corcoran is a real estate mogul and businesswoman as well as an investor, speaker, consultant, columnist, and author. She’s a master of making much out of little, turning $1000 into millions in real estate, and she shares bold insights on seeing talent and innovation everywhere. Corcoran’s website states that her “credentials include straight D’s in high school and college and twenty jobs by the time she turned twenty-three.” Her candor and approachability make her a business mogul that everybody wants to be friends with.

                Online: Website, Twitter, Facebook

                8. Ram Charan

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                  Charan went from working in his family’s shoe shop in Northern India, to earning an engineering degree, to working in Australia, to earning an MBA and doctorate from Harvard Business School, to his current role as a full-time consultant to CEOs of major corporations. Charan has a gift for getting through complex problems to the simple root, and providing practical ways to deal with the root of each problem.

                  He puts a lot of emphasis on doing what you need to do: “Execution is the job of the business leader…[and it is] is a systematic process of rigorously discussing hows and whats, tenaciously following through, and ensuring accountability.”

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                  Online: Website, Leadership Outlook blog, Linkedin

                  9. Tim Ferriss

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                    Before authoring the insanely popular book The 4-Hour Workweek, Ferriss founded a nutritional supplements company. Now known for his experiments with and books on lifestyle design and productivity, Ferriss is also well-known as a start-up angel investor, consultant, entrepreneur, speaker, and blogger. Ferriss has gone on to apply his 4-hour methodology to, oh, just about everything, with his books The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef. We think next it might be The 4-Hour Marriage?

                    Online: Blog, Twitter, Facebook

                    10. Robin Sharma

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                      Leadership expert and writer Robin Sharma began his career as a judicial law clerk, then staff litigation attorney for the Canadian government. He is a popular motivational speaker and founder of Sharma Leadership International Inc., with a focus on holistic leadership for business and personal life.

                      One of the quotes he attributes to ‘changing his life’ is this one from Ayn Rand: “Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world–to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.”

                      Online: Blog, Twitter, YouTube

                      11. Jim Collins

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                        Stanford faculty turned best-selling author, Jim Collins has produced several management and leadership classics, including Good to Great, Built to Last, and How the Mighty Fall. He founded a management laboratory and is known for research, innovative thinking, and problem-solving for a variety of business consultancies and leadership positions. Collins is one of the old-school but forward-thinking combinations who doesn’t spend a whole lot of time fiddling with social media or building an “online presence.” Why would he need one? He’s already build a real-world presence.

                        Online: Articles

                        12. Tom Peters

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                          Peters is a business management expert, author of 17 books, speaker, and writer. His book In Search of Excellence, which profiles 43 companies and presents 8 principles that have made the companies successful, is an essential business read, touted by NPR as one of the “Top Three Business Books of the Century” in 1999. Peters is very active on Twitter and frequently updates his blog, plus has a variety of manifestos and archives of his newspaper column available on his website.

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                          Online: Blog, Twitter, Flickr

                          13. Tony Dungy

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                            Former NFL coach Tony Dungy set NFL records by leading his teams to the playoffs for ten consecutive years and serving as the most successful coach in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dungy took the principles of leadership he learned in his life and coaching career and authored bestselling books Uncommon and Quiet Strength. His focus is on helping others develop the attitudes and abilities that are possible for anyone, but uncommon in our culture. Dungy is the father of nine children, and he and his wife, Lauren, just wrote a book called Uncommon Marriage.

                            Online: Blog, Twitter, Facebook

                            14. Sydney Finkelstein

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                              Finkelstein, associate dean, professor, and author, focuses on what might be called the negative side of leadership: mistakes that leaders make, and how these mistakes ultimately lead to failure, either of the leaders as individuals and/or of the companies that they lead. His research and insights help other leaders and managers to avoid failure. “Failing executives,” says Finkelstein, “continue to rely on the same formulas and ideas that brought them success.”

                              Online: Blog, Twitter, Forbes column, BBC column

                              15. Deepak Chopra

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                                Prolific author and speaker Chopra is a licensed physician who advocates a holistic approach to life, leadership, and management of one’s health and self. His book Super Brain discusses ways to untap the potential of the brain. Chopra’s Workplace Wellbeing programs help carry his wisdom to the business world. Chopra has written dozens of books. Time magazine put Chopra in he top 100 heroes and icons of the century, calling him “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.”

                                Online: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

                                16. Orrin Woodward

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                                  Woodward is a bestselling author and cofounder of LIFE Leadership. He focuses on team leadership and leader-led, principle-based growth for businesses. His book LeaderShift, told in parable style, examines principles for renewing leadership and vision in business and personal lives. Woodward offers straightforward advice to leaders, such as “Leaders always choose the harder right rather than the easier wrong,” and “Success is on the other side of your comfort zone.”

                                  Online: Blog, Twitter, YouTube

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                                  17. Simon Sinek

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                                    Sinek’s mission is to wake people up to “the possibility in their own lives,” and equip them to lead by knowing why they lead and what true leadership is. His book Start With Why and immensely popular TED presentations have garnered him a large following. Sinek’s idea of a “golden circle” spun his first TEDx talk, for Puget Sound, into a video with millions of view and then into a movement. His most recent book, Leaders Eat Last, articulates his vision for carrying your why into leadership.

                                    Online: Blog, Twitter, Facebook

                                    18. Nicholas Bate

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                                      After working for years in sales and marketing in the IT industry, Bate founded Strategic Edge, a business consultancy. He is the author of 20 books, including Instant MBA, Being the Best, Do What You Want, You, Only Better, and Get a Life. His focus is on practical actions and bold steps to a better life and more effective leadership. Bate’s blog is a punchy form of communication filled with one-liners, deep thoughts, and lists. Lots and lots of lists. Bate uses lists to spark ideas, spur action, and give his readers a scannable step-by-step guide on everything from being bold to being more intelligent to handling email.

                                      Online: Blog

                                      19. Margaret Wheatley

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                                        Wheatley began her career as a teacher and then an educational administrator, but since 1973 has been a consultant and speaker with an emphasis on systems thinking and organizational behavior. She is the author of Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time and Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World as well as other books, articles, and research. Wheatley has a special gift for looking outside of established systems, “beyond the Western, mechanical view of the world” and applying an understanding of what she calls “living systems theories” to the conundrums of business, innovation, organizations, and management.

                                        Online: Articles

                                        20. Robert B. Cialdini

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                                          Cialdini is a widely recognized expert on social psychology and the author of Influence: Science and Practice and Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, which are “the result of years of study into the reasons that people comply with requests in business and other settings.” Cialdini’s “Six Principles of Influence,” also known as the “Six Weapons of Influence” have been hugely influential in the fields of leadership and management, helping leaders to understand not only how to lead, but how to make people want to follow.

                                          Online: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

                                          Featured photo credit: Businessman looking at city through window via shutterstock.com

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                                          Last Updated on October 7, 2021

                                          Are You Addicted to Productivity?

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                                          Are You Addicted to Productivity?

                                          “It’s great to be productive. It really is. But sometimes, we chase productivity so much that it makes us, well, unproductive. It’s easy to read a lot about how to be more productive, but don’t forget that you have to make that time up.”

                                          Matt Cutts wrote that back in 2013,[1]

                                          “Today, search for ‘productivity’ and Google will come back with about 663,000,000 results. If you decide to go down this rabbit hole, you’ll be bombarded by a seemingly endless amount of content. I’m talking about books, blogs, videos, apps, podcasts, scientific studies, and subreddits all dedicated to productivity.”

                                          Like so many other people, I’ve also fallen into this trap. For years I’ve been on the lookout for trends and hacks that will help me work faster and more efficiently — and also trends that help me help others to be faster. I’ve experimented with various strategies and tools . And, while some of these strategies and solutions have been extremely useful — without parsing out what you need quickly — it’s counterproductive.

                                          Sometimes you end up spending more time focusing on how to be productive instead of actually being productive.

                                          “The most productive people I know don’t read these books, they don’t watch these videos, they don’t try a new app every month,” James Bedell wrote in a Medium post.[2] “They are far too busy getting things done to read about Getting Things Done.”

                                          This is my mantra:

                                          I proudly say, “I am addicted to productivity — I want to be addicted to productivity — productivity is my life and my mission — and I also want to find the best way to lead others through productivity to their best selves.

                                          But most of the time productivity means putting your head down and working until the job’s done.” –John Rampton

                                          Addiction to Productivity is Real

                                          Dr. Sandra Chapman, director of the University of Texas at Dallas Center for BrainHealth points out that the brain can get addicted to productivity just as it can to more common sources of addiction, such as drugs, gambling, eating, and shopping.

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                                          “A person might crave the recognition their work gives them or the salary increases they get,” Chapman told the BBC.[3] “The problem is that just like all addictions, over time, a person needs more and more to be satisfied, and then it starts to work against you. Withdrawal symptoms include increased anxiety, depression, and fear.”

                                          Despite the harmful consequences, addiction is considered by some experts as a brain disease that affects the brain’s reward system and ends in compulsive behavior. Regardless, society tends to reward productivity — or at least to treat it positively. As a result, this makes the problem even worse.

                                          “It’s seen like a good thing: the more you work, the better,” adds Chapman. “Many people don’t realize the harm it causes until a divorce occurs and a family is broken apart, or the toll it takes on mental health.”

                                          Because of the occasional negative issues with productivity, it’s no surprise that it is considered a “mixed-blessing addiction.”

                                          “A workaholic might be earning a lot of money, just as an exercise addict is very fit,” explains Dr. Mark Griffiths, distinguished professor of behavioral addiction at Nottingham Trent University. “But the thing about any addiction is that in the long run, the detrimental effects outweigh any short-term benefits.”

                                          “There may be an initial period where the individual who is developing a work addiction is more productive than someone who isn’t addicted to work, but it will get to a point when they are no longer productive, and their health and relationships are affected,” Griffiths writes in Psychology Today.[4] “It could be after one year or more, but if the individual doesn’t do anything about it, they could end up having serious health consequences.”

                                          “For instance, I speculated that the consequences of work addiction may be reclassified as something else: If someone ends up dying of a work-related heart attack, it isn’t necessarily seen as having anything to do with an addiction per se – it might be attributed to something like burnout,” he adds.

                                          There Are Three “Distinct Extreme Productivity Types

                                          Cyril Peupion, a Sydney-based productivity expert, has observed extreme productivity among clients at both large and medium-sized companies. “Most people who come to me are high performers and very successful. But often, the word they use to describe their work style is ‘unsustainable,’ and they need help getting it back on track.”

                                          By changing their work habits, Peupion assists teams and individuals improve their performance and ensure that their efforts are aligned with the overarching strategy of the business, rather than focusing on work as a means to an end. He has distinguished three types of extreme productivity in his classification: efficiency obsessive, selfishly productive, and quantity-obsessed.

                                          Efficiency obsessive. “Their desks are super tidy and their pens are probably color-coded. They are the master of ‘inbox zero.’ But they have lost sight of the big picture, and don’t know the difference between efficiency and effectiveness.”

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                                          Selfishly productive. “They are so focused on their own world that if they are asked to do something outside of it, they aren’t interested. They do have the big picture in mind, but the picture is too much about them.”

                                          Quantity-obsessed. “They think; ‘The more emails I respond to, the more meetings I attend, the more tasks I do, the higher my performance.’ As a result, they face a real risk of burnout.”

                                          Peupion believes that “quantity obsessed” individuals are the most common type “because there is a pervasive belief that ‘more’ means ‘better’ at work.”

                                          The Warning Signs of Productivity Addiction

                                          Here are a few questions you should ask yourself if you think you may be succumbing to productivity addiction. After all, most of us aren’t aware of this until it’s too late.

                                          • Can you tell when you’re “wasting” time? If so, have you ever felt guilty about it?
                                          • Does technology play a big part in optimizing your time management?
                                          • Do you talk about how busy you are most of the time? In your opinion, is hustling better than doing less?
                                          • What is your relationship with your email inbox? Are you constantly checking it or experience phantom notifications?
                                          • When you only check one item off your list, do you feel guilty?
                                          • Does stress from work interfere with your sleep?
                                          • Have you been putting things off, like a vacation or side project, because you’re “too swamped?

                                          The first step toward turning around your productivity obsession is to recognize it. If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then it’s time to make a plan to overcome your addiction to productivity.

                                          Overcoming Your Productivity Addiction

                                          Thankfully, there are ways to curb your productivity addiction. And, here are 9 such ways to achieve that goal.

                                          1. Set Limits

                                          Just because you’re hooked on productivity doesn’t mean you have to completely abstain from it. Instead, you need to establish boundaries.

                                          For example, there are a lot of amazing productivity podcasts out there. But, that doesn’t mean you have to listen to them all in the course of a day. Instead, you could listen to one or two podcasts, like The Productivity Podcast or Before Breakfast, during your commute. And, that would be your only time of the day to get your productivity fix.

                                          2. Create a Not-to-Do List

                                          Essentially, the idea of a not-to-do list is to eliminate the need to practice self-discipline. Getting rid of low-value tasks and bad habits will allow you to focus on what you really want to do as opposed to weighing the pros and cons or declining time requests. More importantly, this prevents you from feeling guilty about not crossing everything off an unrealistic to-do list.

                                          3. Be Vulnerable

                                          By this, I mean admitting where you could improve. For example, if you’re new to remote work and are struggling with thi s, you would only focus on topics in this area. Suggestions would be how to create a workspace at home, not getting distracted when the kids aren’t in school, or improving remote communication and collaboration with others.

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                                          4. Understand Why You Procrastinate

                                          Often, we procrastinate to minimize negative emotions like boredom or stress. Other times it could be because it’s a learned trait, underestimating how long it takes you to complete something or having a bias towards a task.

                                          Regardless of the exact reason, we end up doing busy work, scrolling social media, or just watching one more episode of our favorite TV series. And, even though we know that it’s not for the best, we do things that make us feel better than the work we should do to restore our mood.[5]

                                          There are a lot of ways to overcome procrastination. But, the first step is to be aware of it so that you can take action. For example, if you’re dreading a difficult task, don’t just watch Netflix. Instead, procrastinate more efficiently,y like returning a phone call or working on a client pitch.

                                          5. Don’t Be a Copycat

                                          Let’s keep this short and sweet. When you find a productivity app or technique that works for you, stick with it.

                                          That’s not to say that you can’t make adjustments along the way or try new tools or hacks. However, the main takeaway should be that just because someone swears by the Pomodoro Technique doesn’t mean it’s a good fit for you.

                                          6. Say Yes to Less

                                          Across the board, your philosophy should be less is more.

                                          That means only download the apps you actually use and want to keep (after you try them out) and uninstall the ones you don’t use. For example, are you currently reading a book on productivity? Don’t buy your next book until you’ve finished the one you’re currently reading (or permit yourself to toss a book that isn’t doing you any good). — and if you really want to finish a book more quickly, listen to the book on your way to work and back.

                                          Already have plans this weekend? Don’t commit to a birthday party. And, if you’re day is booked, decline that last-minute meeting request.

                                          7. Stop Focusing on What’s Next

                                          “In the age when purchasing a thing from overseas is just one click and talking to another person is one swipe right, acquiring new objects or experiences can be addictive like anything else,” writes Patrick Banks for Lifehack .

                                          “That doesn’t need to be you,” he adds. “You can stop your addition to ‘the next thing’ starting today.” After all, “there will always be this next thing if you don’t make a conscious decision to get your life back together and be the one in charge.”

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                                          • Think about your current lifestyle and the person you’re at this stage to help you identify what you aren’t satisfied with.
                                          • By setting clear goals for yourself in the future, you will be able to overcome your addiction.
                                          • Establish realistic goals.
                                          • To combat addiction, you must be aware of what is going on around you, as well as inside your head, at any given time.
                                          • Don’t spend time with people who have unhealthy behaviors.
                                          • Hold yourself accountable.
                                          • Keep a journal and write out what you want to overcome.
                                          • Appreciate no longer being addicted to what’s next.

                                          8. Simplify

                                          Each day, pick one priority task. That’s it. As long as you concentrate on one task at a time, you will be less likely to get distracted or overwhelmed by an endless list of tasks. A simple mantra to live by is: work smarter, not harder.

                                          The same is also accurate with productivity hacks and tools. Bullet journaling is a great example. Unfortunately, for many, a bullet journal is way more time-consuming and overwhelming than a traditional planner.

                                          9. Learn How to Relax

                                          “Sure, we need to produce sometimes, especially if we have to pay the bills, but, banning obsession with productivity is unhealthy,” writes Leo Babauta. “When you can’t get yourself to be productive, relax.” Don’t worry about being hyper-efficient. And, don’t beat yourself up about having fun.

                                          “But what if you can’t motivate yourself … ever?” he asks. “Sure, that can be a problem. But if you relax and enjoy yourself, you’ll be happier.”

                                          “And if you work when you get excited, on things you’re excited about, and create amazing things, that’s motivation,” Leo states. “Not forcing yourself to work when you don’t want to, on things you don’t want to work on — motivation is doing things you love when you get excited.”

                                          But, how exactly can you relax? Here are some tips from Leo;

                                          • Spend 5 minutes walking outside and breathe in the fresh air.
                                          • Give yourself more time to accomplish things. Less rushing means less stress.
                                          • If you can, get outside after work to enjoy nature.
                                          • Play like a child. Even better? Play with your kids. And, have fun at work — maybe give gamification a try .
                                          • Take the day off, rest, and do something non-work-related.
                                          • Allow yourself an hour of time off. Try not to be productive during that time. Just relax.
                                          • You should work with someone who is exciting. Make your project exciting.
                                          • Don’t work in the evenings. Seriously.
                                          • Visit a massage therapist.
                                          • Just breathe.

                                          “Step by step, learn to relax,” he suggests. “Learn that productivity isn’t everything.” For that statement, sorry Leo, I say productivity isn’t everything — it’s the only thing.” However, if you can’t cut loose, relax, do fun things, and do the living part of your life — you’ll crack in a big way — you really will.

                                          It’s great to create and push forward — just remember it doesn’t mean that every minute must be spent working or obsessing over productivity issues. Instead, invest your time in meaningful, high-impact work, get into it, focus, put in big time and then relax.

                                          Are You Addicted to Productivity? was originally published on Calendar by John Rampton.

                                          Featured photo credit: Christina @ wocintechchat.com via unsplash.com

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