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What is the Return on Character?

May 16, 2016

What is the Return on Character?

People long for their leaders to be men and women of character, to be people of integrity. Researchers and leadership authors continually contend that the best leaders are those who love and care for those they lead. But does character impact results? Is there a return on character? People often measure ROI (return on investment), but is there a ROC (return on character)?

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How senior team character impacts the bottom line

May 13, 2016

How senior team character impacts the bottom line

Most senior leadership teams leave a lot of unclaimed value on the table. Others actually do more – they actively destroy a lot of value – perhaps unknowingly, but nevertheless value destruction happens with alarming regularity.

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Return on Character, interview with Fred Kiel, PhD

Feb 16, 2016

Return on Character, interview with Fred Kiel, PhD

Welcome to a Leadership Channel Podcast on TotalPicture. Joining Peter Clayton today is Fred Kiel, PhD, co-founder of KRW International, the author of Return On Character. For more than thirty years, he has helped Fortune 500 CEOs and senior executives build organizational effectiveness through leadership excellence and mission alignment.

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Best Business Books 2015: Managerial Self-Improvement

Dec 23, 2015

Best Business Books 2015: Managerial Self-Improvement

Managerial self-improvement might include a healthy emphasis on understanding and developing your character. Companies might start evaluating the character of new hires in a more rigorous way and seek out leaders who demonstrate integrity, responsibility, forgiveness, and compassion. Where might that lead?

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Why your boss needs to be a jerk

Dec 10, 2015

Why your boss needs to be a jerk

On today's show, we'll talk about Anglo American's plans to slash its workforce; a continuing drop in China's import and export numbers; and why your jerk boss might need to be a jerk.

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Questions for Fred Kiel
BOOK REVIEW: Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win

Nov 18, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win

Hot-off-the-press, here is a new book that sounds worth reading! Amazon describes it as follows: Does the character of our leaders matter? You may think this question was answered long ago. Countless business authors and analysts have assured us that great leadership demands great character.

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Leadership Innovation & Strategy Podcast

Nov 17, 2015

Leadership Innovation & Strategy Podcast

Fred Kiel is the author of "Return on Character." He is is a founding partner of the leadership development and strategic analytics firm KRW International and a pioneer in the field of executive coaching. In this interview, we discuss his recent research showing how the character of corporate leaders can make a tangible difference to the bottom line.

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The Real Reason Why Project Managers and Their Teams Win

Nov 13, 2015

The Real Reason Why Project Managers and Their Teams Win

There’s something inside us that wants to believe that the good guys win in the end, right? We want to believe that if you treat people well, keep your promises, and work hard, that it all pays off with increased opportunity and reward. Fred Kiel has data to support that you don't have to be Gordon Gecko from the movie Wall Street to win. In this episode, we talk with Fred about his new book Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win.

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Why so many bosses are jerks

Nov 9, 2015

Why so many bosses are jerks

Think about all of the bosses you’ve had. It's a good bet that at least one of them has been a total jerk. That may not be an accident. Research suggests not only that some bosses are jerks but that many of them are bosses because they are jerks. That is, being a jerk in one form or another can actually help you become a boss. Not a good boss necessarily, but a boss.

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