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What Makes A Great Leader?

What Makes A Great Leader? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO  We all know good leaders.  They are everywhere we look.  They are at our schools, in our communities, and...

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Are You Resilient?

Are You Resilient? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO As a leader, are you resilient?  Do you stay committed to accomplishing the task at-hand despite the obstacles?  Do you have...

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Leaders Listen

Leaders Listen By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Listening has become one of the key skillsets for leaders at all levels of successful businesses today.  To be a great leader...

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A Leader Must Have A Compelling Vision

A Leader Must Have a Compelling Vision By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO The difference between being a leader and a manager is vision.  To truly be a leader you...

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Are You a Positive Leader?

Are You a Positive Leader? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Being a positive leader in our fast-changing and often chaotic world has become a competitive advantage.  It is far...

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What is 21st Century Leadership?

What is 21st Century Leadership? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Has leadership changed in this century?  Do we need to lead differently than before?  These are constant questions I...

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Are you ready for the future? Well, it’s now!

Are you ready for the future?  Well, it’s now! By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO The largest present – and future - workforce is comprised of millennials. However, most organizations...

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How Much Time Do You Really Have?

How Much Time Do You Really Have? By Randy Wolken, President & CEO I hear it nearly every day.  People tell me they are “busy,” “overwhelmed,” “running with their hair-on-fire”...

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How Much Control Do You Really Have?

How Much Control Do You Really Have? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO We all like to believe we have a lot of control.  But, how much do we really...

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When was the last time you admitted you were wrong?

When was the last time you admitted you were wrong? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO I had set my morning schedule.  I was in Philadelphia and I had left...

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Which is more important – technology or talent?

Which is more important – technology or talent? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leaders today are grappling with just how important talent and technology are to their organizations’ success. ...

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Do you amplify the positive?

Do You Amplify the Positive? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Do you amplify the positive experiences you and your team have? It would serve you well if you did. ...

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How Do You Define Leadership?

How Do You Define Leadership? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO How do you define leadership?  I define it as a “sacred trust” that I have been gifted with.  I...

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How Do You Handle Stress?

How Do You Handle Stress? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO How do you handle stress as a leader?  The way you do has important consequences for you and your...

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What Does a Leader Do When the Team is Deflated?

What Does a Leader Do When the Team is Deflated? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What does a leader do when the team is deflated?  This is a challenge...

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When Do Leaders Re-energize?

When Do Leaders Re-energize? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO As leaders, we are expected to always be “on.”  This is a very difficult task to accomplish. And yet, we...

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When Does It Stop Being Uncomfortable For Leaders?

When Does It Stop Being Uncomfortable For Leaders? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO When does it stop being uncomfortable for leaders?  Never, I am sorry to say. If I...

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Innovation is Not an Event!

Innovation is Not an Event! By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Innovation is not an event.  It is not something that “just happens.”  As individuals and organizations known for being...

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As a Leader, Are You Free?

As a Leader, Are You Free? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO We often have an odd definition of freedom.  We like to think freedom is the ability to do...

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Leader is a Verb.

Leader is a Verb. By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO We often use “leader” or “supervisor” or “boss” as a noun.  These words are far too often seen as a...

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Do You Know What You Don’t Know?

Do You Know What You Don’t Know? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Do you know what you don’t know?  There seems to be a straight forward answer to this...

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Do Conversation Still Matter?

Do Conversations Still Matter? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Do conversations still matter?  With the advances in technology we can communicate with anyone in the world in 140 characters...

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How Do Millennials Want to Work?

How Do Millennials Want to Work? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO In the U.S., there are nearly 73 million millennials.  Gallup's report, How Millennials Want to Work and Live,...

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How Do Leaders Best Prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

How Do Leaders Best Prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO How do leaders best prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?  This is an important...

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What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0?

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0?  It is how historians and futurist...

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How Well Do I Lead?

How Well Do I Lead? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO How well do I lead?  As leaders, we need to periodically assess how we are leading.  But, how do...

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What is the Greatest Roadblock to Individual and Company Success?

What is the Greatest Roadblock to Individual and Company Success? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What is the greatest roadblock to individual and company success?  Is it creativity, great...

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Are Robots Destined to Take Our Jobs?

Are Robots Destined to Take Our Jobs? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Are robots destined to take our jobs?  The answer is both yes and no.  Not surprisingly, this...

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What Can a Leader Do When Change Occurs Too Fast?

What Can a Leader Do When Change Occurs Too Fast? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What can a leader do when change occurs too fast?  As a leader, we...

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Would You Work Differently If You Planned to Live to be 100 Years Old?

Would You Work Differently If You Planned to Live to be 100 Years Old? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Would you work differently if you planned to live to...

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Is Every Job Changing?

Is Every Job Changing? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Is every job changing?  Yes, from what I have seen, it is.  And, if every job is changing, we are...

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How Good Are You at Leading Change?

How Good Are You at Leading Change? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO How good are you at leading change?  The answer to this question is increasingly important to our...

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If You Are Too Busy, Do You Need More Quiet Time?

If You Are Too Busy, Do You Need More Quiet Time? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO If you are too busy, what you may need most is more quiet...

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What is Your Leadership Learning Approach?

What is Your Leadership Learning Approach? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO  Today’s competitive business climate requires that we never stop learning – both as an individual and as an...

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What is the Most Powerful Leadership Question You Can Ask?

What is the Most Powerful Leadership Question You Can Ask? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What is the most powerful leadership question you can ask?  We all want to...

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What Do 21st Century Leaders Need To Do Differently?

What Do 21st Century Leaders Need To Do Differently? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What do 21st Century Leaders need to do differently to be successful?  This is a...

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Why is it so Difficult to Get Our Teams to Maintain Focus?

Why is it so Difficult to Get Our Teams to Maintain Focus? By: Randy Wolken President & CEO Why is it so difficult to get our teams to maintain focus? ...

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Why is “Love” so Looked Down Upon?

Why is "Love" so Looked Down Upon? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Why do leaders shy away from “love” in the work place?  Has it gotten too “taboo” to...

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Leaders Must Work with the Whole Person

Leaders Must Work with the Whole Person By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Have you ever wondered why change is so hard for us?  We all know people, at times...

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You Can’t Beat Zero

You Can't Beat Zero By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Sustaining and growing manufacturing is a global competition. Here, in New York State, we need to be doing all we...

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As a Leader, Are You Willing to be Zero?

As a Leader, Are You Willing to be Zero? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO As a leader, are you willing to be zero?  What do I mean by that? ...

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As a Leader, Are You Managing Your Energy?

As a Leader, Are You Managing Your Energy? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO There is a lot of discussion in organizations around time management.  Time is certainly a precious...

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How Many Mentors Should a Leader Have?

How Many Mentors Should a Leader Have? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO There is a lot of talk these days about having mentors.  I know of some companies that...

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Are You Ready to Lead in the 21st Century?

Are You Ready to Lead in the 21st Century? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leaders in this century will need to be different.  Why?  Because our emerging economy –...

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Can Leaders Actually Create a Happier and More Productive New Year?

Can Leaders Actually Create a Happier and More Productive New Year? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO It’s the Holiday Season and we are constantly wishing and hearing others wish...

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How Should Leaders Deal with Anxiety?

How Should Leaders Deal with Anxiety? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO These are often anxious times.  In a fast-pace world, we can often feel like the future is beyond...

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Can Being Kind Be A Leader’s Competitive Advantage?

Can Being Kind Be A Leader's Competitive Advantage? By Randy Wolken, President & CEO In today’s fast-paced, global economy, can kindness be your competitive leadership advantage?  I, for one, think...

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Are You Limiting Potential Growth?

Are You Limiting Potential Growth? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leaders have a primary responsibility to advance the success of their team members and their organizations.  They can also...

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Are You Being Proactive Enough?

Are You Being Proactive Enough? By: Randy Wolken The question a leader needs to ask themselves every single day of every week is if they are being proactive enough.  In...

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When Do You Feed Your Creativity?

When Do You Feed Your Creativity? Randy Wolken, President & CEO When do you take the time to feed your creative side?  The daily grind often leaves little space for...

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Are You Ready for the Industrial Internet?

From the desk of Randy Wolken... President & CEO Weekly thoughts and insights from MACNY's President & CEO, Randy Wolken, designed to inspire and provoke thought among leaders within MACNY's...

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Are You Listening?

From the desk of Randy Wolken... President & CEO Weekly thoughts and insights from MACNY's President & CEO, Randy Wolken, designed to inspire and provoke thought among leaders within MACNY's...

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Do You Recognize the Genius Around You?

From the desk of Randy Wolken... President & CEO Weekly thoughts and insights from MACNY's President & CEO, Randy Wolken, designed to inspire and provoke thought among leaders within MACNY's...

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