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Select a category: BLOGS, recommended BOOKS, or selected VIDEOS. In each category, JD offers a collection of idea-generating picks.

Ask John Dame: Hire talent, internal or external, that will grow your company’s vision —JD

I have always looked to hire from within. My goal has been to give my employees a chance to advance before we look outside the company. Recently, it seems like we have a lot of group-think and little innovation. Is this due to my efforts to grow my team internally?

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Hope for the best, but have a plan —JD

Typically, this is the season when CEOs think about their strategy for the new year. They go offsite with their teams, hire a first-rate strategic planning facilitator, put sticky notes all over the walls, and then leave the session with a new and better plan.

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Ask John Dame: Give employees time to adjust to new corporate culture —JD

I just replaced a long-time employee who ran all my operations. Her replacement has found that there are quite a few downstream leaders who are not good fits with our culture. We cannot replace everyone. What should we do?

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How are you showing up? Dean Minuto

Yescalate® Tip 27: Can people trust you? A great tip from Dean Minuto, Vistage Speaker of the Year.

Give first. Dr. Robert Cialdini

Robert Cialdini discusses the Rule of Reciprocity. You have to give before you get. A great rule for business leaders.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less —Greg McKeown

Every now and then a book makes a significant impact on you. While I was in Key West this winter, I read the book Essentialism by Greg McKeown. The disciplined pursuit of less is a lesson that every executive should learn. Learning to gracefully say no is only one lesson.  Read this book. It will make a material difference in your life. I use the lessons from this book daily.

Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War —P. W. Singer and August Cole

I heard about this book when I attended the US Army War College Annual Strategy Session. It is required reading for these folks posted at the Pentagon. Great entertaining read for the summer.