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Weekly Leader Podcast Episode 39 – CBS’ Undercover Boss, How “Not” To Leadership


This week Pam and Peter talk about the CBS primetime show, Undercover Boss. Also, 2010 Leadership trends, Pam’s Research Report of the Week and some great podsafe music.

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Leadership Trends for 2010 – BusinessWeek (Feb 16, 2010) part of special section – Best Companies for Leadership: The Top 20

  • Best Companies for Leadership survey, conducted by Bloomberg and Hay Group
  • Two results from this year’s Best Companies for Leadership survey stood out:
    • Top 20 companies this year are significantly more likely to be primarily focused on “positioning for the future”than other companies.
    • Shift in what the top companies value in leaders:
      • 2009 – execution;
      • 2010 – strategic thinking
  • Top 20 companies this year are more likely than other companies to find value in being inclusive, socially responsible, and globally aware in their outlook.
  • Expanding roles for women
    • 2010 make up more than 50% of the workforce
    • Women need to be represented at the highest levels of the decision-making process, not only because it is equitable, but also because it’s important to gain women’s insights in developing and marketing products and services, and it’s important to attract and retain talented women.
  • Social responsibility
  • Most companies are highly committed to developing leaders from within their ranks—perhaps a reflection of hard-won experience from past downturns.

Pam’s Research Report of the Week

Tom Peters – Milestones Matter video:

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Podsafe Music from Music Alley

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About the author

Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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