Recently, I (Leo Bottary) sat down with Mike Richardson, who is an organizational agility expert and Chair for Vistage Worldwide.  We talked about how peer advantage provides organizational leaders with an agility advantage.  In this brief excerpt, I offer an overview of the five factors that help business leaders realize true peer advantage, as outlined […]

Last April, statistician and writer Nate Silver dubbed the UCONN Women’s Basketball 2015 squad as the most dominant college basketball team on earth.  Fast forward to April, 2016 and the dominance continues, with UCONN adding a fourth consecutive national championship, the team capped an undefeated season (its 6th all-time) with an average margin of victory

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The image I selected for this post is obviously not related to basketball.  Instead, I chose a photo most of you will recognize from one of the most dramatic moments in all of sports –  Secretariat winning the 1973 Belmont by 31 lengths – check out the video).   Jack Nicklaus, the dominant golfer of his

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Revisiting a regrettable chapter from my junior high school days, albeit painful, provided us with a metaphor for why the receipt of any communication, as intended, is the responsibility of the sender as opposed to the receiver.  Now I understand why this may seem unreasonable to some people.  Maybe the person wasn’t listening or just

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To realize peer advantage – the outcome of being more selective, strategic, and structured about how you engage your peers – effective communication is essential.  One ground rule that I learned in a most unfortunate way, back in the ninth grade, is that when you send someone a message (verbally or in writing), you are

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On March 6, 2016, I was honored to address the graduates of Seton Hall University’s Master of Arts in Strategic Communication & Leadership (MASCL) program.  As members of Learning Team (LT) 37, they went through the entire program together. I am a graduate of the program and have been part of its faculty for more

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With the release of The Power of Peers: How the Company You Keep Drives Leadership, Success & Growth, by Leon Shapiro and Leo Bottary set to take place in three weeks (March 22nd), I thought I’d share this authors’ Q&A!  If you have additional questions, please let me know! Q: What prompted you to write

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One of the great things about writing a book is that it opens doors to meeting interesting people who are willing to share their knowledge and their books with you.  This exchange fosters the kind of peer-to-peer learning that serves as the foundation for The Power of Peers: How the Company You Keep Drives Leadership,

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You began the new year full of resolve to either lose weight, straighten out your finances, or get more organized – you may have even committed to doing all three.  Yet here you are, just over six weeks later, and it’s likely that 80% you realized what U.S. New & World Report said would happen. 

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In The Power of Peers: How the Company You Keep Drives Leadership, Growth & Success, we talk a great deal about the importance of seeking outside perspectives – about the unbelievable value that can come from someone giving us a fresh take on what appears to be an unsolvable problem.  This video has been around

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