Linda Henman

Dr. Linda Henman is one of those rare experts who can say she’s a coach, consultant, speaker, and author. For more than 30 years, she has worked with Fortune 500 Companies and small businesses that want to think strategically, grow dramatically, promote intelligently, and compete successfully today and tomorrow. 

the ceo magazine, business management

Baloney and blarney share more than similar letter configuration. Each denotes a kind of communication that serves the speaker but not the listener. More sweetened and humorous, blarney uses flattery to deceive and beguile, while baloney does both without the witty flavor. But the outcome remains the same. The listener has not been well served by the exchange.

the ceo magazine, leadership

In more than thirty-five years of consulting, I have found that, at the upper echelons of large organizations, natural intelligence differentiates the successful leader from the “also ran.” While you’ll hear debates about the roles of emotional intelligence, vision, and the ability to motivate others, brainpower trumps all. Three main components define what I call Executive Intelligence: Critical thinking, learning ability, and quantitative skills. Of these, critical thinking—that “lick of sense” you hear so much about—is the most important and the least understood.

the ceo magazine

In the past six months, I have visited four high-end hotels where the waiter informed me that they were out of English Breakfast Tea, the beverage that provides the perfect cup of ambition to start my day. Instead, the waiters advised I should try Earl Grey Tea.

Earl Grey Tea takes its name from the second Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830’s, who reputedly received a gift of tea flavored with bergamot oil from a Chinese nobleman. The Earl brewed some of the heavily-scented, flowery- tasting swill and remarked, “I say. This is rather nasty.”

I have often said that a smart sociopath is a leader’s worst nightmare. These snakes in business casual generate more havoc in a shorter period of time than anyone else—and they often make doing so look good, at least in the short run.

But we don’t give enough attention to the second biggest problem: the overachieving, nose-to-the-grindstone, works-sixty-hours-a-week go-getter idiot. These people proudly put in more face time than anyone else, take the jobs that other eschew, and smugly announce that they have no time for a balanced life because their work defines them.  Although this list contains laudable behaviors, the operative word we should consider is “idiot.”

the ceo magazine, leadership

Known for his “You might be a redneck” one-liners, for almost thirty years stand-up comedian Jeff Foxworthy has helped audiences understand unique behaviors and credentials of rednecks.  Taking a lesson from this comedic icon and adding Bill Engvall’s observation that people give us “signs,” I offer the following seven signs that your leadership might need some attention:



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