Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Conclusion: Letter from Author

As I look back on the last three books I have written, I can only encourage you to keep documentation on all your communications, conversations, and public speaking and note how you have changed over time and how the environment changes. These books are a culmination of over 20 years of such information. I've had some fantastic conversations, found myself in impossible situations, and been honored to speak and be a consultant for some amazing talents that still lead organizations.

  Layne McDonald. Ph.D.
Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Your Experience + The Leadership Talk = Great Leadership

To best communicate an idea, wrap it in a human experience. Words can be superficial aspects of communication. Accurate communication happens through deep, human interactions that transcend words (relatable experiences; stories). Even though words may be exchanged and sometimes necessary, they are not sufficient to explain or promote communications through Aaron's aggregate opportunities. To best communicate an idea, wrap it in a human experience. For instance, you are arguing with someone. You are getting angry. You are saying things. You're hardly aware of something to defend yourself and attack the other person. You feel injured and want to justify yourself, make the other person see your side, and maybe even hurt that person. You are borne along on a current of hot emotion. Later, you may regret the words you used. Or you may get even angrier over the terms the other person used. You may think of something biting you should have said. The point is that the words, like froth on the…

  Layne McDonald. Ph.D.
Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

You Are Your President

“Talent is our number one operating priority.” – Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

  Layne McDonald. Ph.D.
Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Why Leadership Is So Important to Your Business Success

“We need to get together and discuss what we’re doing well and what we can do to help more people feel that they can be open about their identity.”– Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Airways

  Layne McDonald. Ph.D.
Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Why You Need a Board of Advisors/Mastermind Group

“In the end, I do respond to my instincts. Sometimes they're successful, and sometimes they're not. But you must, I think, remain true to what you believe in.” - Anna Wintour, Journalist, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, and Artistic Director of Condé Nast."

  Layne McDonald. Ph.D.
Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Why Most Leadership Development Efforts Fail

“You can’t be all things to everyone and still be effective.” - Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners

  Layne McDonald. Ph.D.
Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Why Leadership Is So Important to Your Business Success

“Introverts need to trust their gut and share their ideas as powerfully as they can…The trick for introverts is to honor their styles instead of allowing themselves to be swept up by prevailing norms.” - Susan Cain, Author of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.”

  Layne McDonald. Ph.D.
Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Who Determines Your True Worth?

“I realized I was more convincing to myself and the people who were listening when I said what I thought, versus what I thought people wanted to hear me say.” - Ursula Burns, Chairman, and CEO of VEON

  Layne McDonald. Ph.D.
Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

What’s Slipping Under Your Radar?

“It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable.” - Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx

  Layne McDonald. Ph.D.
Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Vision: How Leaders See the Invisible

“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” - Tim Ferriss, Entrepreneur, and Author of “The Four-Hour Workweek” and “Tools of Titans.”

  Layne McDonald. Ph.D.
Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Train Your Leadership - Realize Your Full Potential

“The great leaders are not the strongest; they are the ones who are honest about their weaknesses. Great leaders are not the smartest; they are the ones who admit how much they don’t know. Great leaders can’t do everything; they are the ones who look to others to help them. Great leaders don’t see themselves as great; they see themselves as human.” - Simon Sinek, Author of “Start with Why” and “The Infinite Game.”

  Layne McDonald. Ph.D.
Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Three Key Elements to Improving Leadership

"You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, you need to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is one of your biggest advantages." - Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States

  Layne McDonald. Ph.D.
Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Beef Up Your Communication Skills

"Just because you are CEO, don't think you have landed. Your continually increasing would help if you learn, think, and approach the organization. I've never forgotten that." - Indra Nooyi, Former CEO of PepsiCo

  Layne McDonald. Ph.D.
Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Truly Understand What It Means to Be a Leader

“Invite people into your life who don’t look like you, don’t think like you, don’t act like you, don’t come from where you come from, and you might find that they will challenge your assumptions and make you grow as a person.” - Melody Hobson, President, and CEO of Ariel Investments

  Layne McDonald. Ph.D.