Order and Chaos

Order and Chaos – One of my favorite movies is “Six Degrees of Separation,” a 1993 comedy/drama starring Stockard Channing, Will Smith, and Donald Sutherland. I watched it again recently, and found myself paying attention to the scene where the trio of actors discuss a two-sided painting by Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian painter credited as the pioneer of abstract art. On one side, the Kandinsky had a wild and vivid depiction while the other side contained a somber and geometric scene. Sutherland

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Incorporating the Leadership Lessons of Jack Welch into Your Business

Joe Campolo

Jack Welch, GE’s larger-than-life CEO for over 20 years, transformed the company into one of the world’s most successful businesses. Revenues grew five-fold, from $25 billion to $130 billion; income grew ten-fold, from $1.5 billion to $15 billion; and the company’s market capitalization had a 30-fold increase of more than $400 billion. How did he do it – and what lessons can we all learn from his leadership style? Welch knew that revolutions begin at the top. He made GE

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How to Deal with Threats in Negotiation


Have you ever sat across from someone at the negotiation table who eventually stops bargaining and instead starts giving ultimatums? I’m referring, of course, to the use of intimidation and fear tactics at the bargaining table: someone who threatens to stop negotiating to begin legal action or damage your character and status. How should you respond when the other side begins issuing threats? The two most common and automatic responses are to offer a direct counterattack or to immediately concede

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