Three Ways to Become a Great Supply Chain Leader

The demands and pressures on today’s supply chains are greater than ever.  Ensuring a secure, efficient end-to-end supply chain has become mission-critical across many industries. At the same time there’s a huge gap in available talent, with the demand for professionals now exceeding the talent pool by 6 to 1. How will supply chain leaders... Read More »

Orchestrating an Integrated Supply Chain

This past Easter weekend I witnessed an extraordinary performance at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts: conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin led the Philadelphia Orchestra in Bach’s Passion According to St. Matthew. The piece has only been performed a handful of times in the city over the past 30 years, and once the concert started I... Read More »

A Thousand Leaders, One Process

In a recent meeting with a group of managers at a large telecommunications organization, one employee commented that he always felt like he knew good leadership when he saw it and tried to emulate it. However, it wasn’t until taking the Positive Leadership course I teach that he realized he had a hard time defining... Read More »

Will Your Stress Help or Harm You? You Decide

Stress is bad for you. Everyone from executive coaches, to doctors, to writers of popular magazine articles, and from the American Psychological Association to the World Health Organization, can tell you that. And if you don’t reduce your stress, it will eventually kill you. Right? Well… it’s not the whole story. Shawn Achor studies happiness... Read More »

Supply Chain Leaders Must Negotiate Mutual Gains To Safeguard Long-Term Value

The challenges facing supply chain leaders in today’s highly connected and networked global economy have never been greater.  Companies rely increasingly on raw materials that are in short supply, and work with suppliers in locations where stakeholders have a major impact on access and production. There are potential pitfalls for supply chain leaders at every... Read More »

Like Plants to the Sun, People are Drawn to Positive Leaders

Research has shown that our negative experiences tend to overwhelm the positive ones, leading us to over-focus on problems. How can you fight this bias toward negativity to become a better leader and build a stronger organization? Kim Cameron, a professor of management and organizations in the Ross School of Business at the University of... Read More »

Manage Change? ROFLOL (Rolling on Floor Laughing Out Loud)

Successfully managing business change can sometimes seem as unattainable as managing a teenager, says Sue Todd, Chief Strategy Officer for CorpU. As with your teenage son or daughter, you can try to teach, or lead by example; find out who’s influencing behavior; adapt to the unexpected; and keep an open mind. But good luck feeling... Read More »

Mattress Firm’s King-Sized Acquisition: How CEO Steve Stagner is managing massive organizational change

CorpU recently talked with Steve Stagner, the CEO of Mattress Firm, the leading specialty retailer of mattresses and related products in the US. In September 2014, Mattress Firm went through an eye-opening transformation when it acquired Sleep Train, increasing its business size dramatically by 20%.  But Stagner isn’t losing sleep over it. He reports that... Read More »

Can Brand Activation Inform Strategy Activation?

One evening I happened to catch a few minutes of The Daily Show with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz as a guest. He talked about the company’s new initiative to offer Starbucks employees free college tuition through Arizona State University’s online program. (Apparently about 70% of the company’s employees don’t have a college degree.) The workers... Read More »

Shawn Achor’s 5 Practices to Fuel Success & Performance at Work

“Our most commonly-held formula for success is broken,” says Shawn Achor, former Harvard instructor and New York Times-bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage. Achor explains that success doesn’t fuel happiness. It’s the other way around: being happy leads to success. And you can actually train your brain to be happy. Download the infographic to find... Read More »