Dean Hallett

Authority vs Influence: Applying The Be-Do-Have Model
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A 2015 study conducted at premier European business school ESADE demonstrated that individuals with leadership ability, no matter their position or personality profile, shared a single trait in common: the ability to influence their own nervous systems, and by extension...
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Leadership, Authenticity & Future of Media | Dean Hallett Appears On The Super U Podcast
I recently appeared on the Super U podcast with Erik Qualman to discuss the future of media, leadership, self-awareness, and authenticity. Check out the podcast episode here.
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Creating An Engaged Workforce: A Primer
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For all of our expectations that we should be happy, or happier, or that advances in technology will finally enable us to turn that corner and be happy once and for all … happiness remains fleeting. It stubbornly retains the...
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High Performance Leadership Skills: Victim or Accountable?
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High Performance Leadership Skills: Victim or Accountable? Are you a victim of circumstances or accountable for your outcomes?  This is a fundamental choice frequently written about and discussed in personal development, peak performance studies, and even spiritual literature - it...
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Mandates from Above
The Corporate Mandate: Pros & Cons
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In the course of my career, I have worked at two large entertainment corporations with profoundly different cultures: The Walt Disney Company and 20th Century Fox. During my time at Disney, and to the best of my knowledge ever since,...
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Debunking The Peter Principle
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Debunking The Peter Principle Our old foe the Peter Principle, first articulated as a tongue-in-cheek parody by Dr. Laurence J. Peter back in 1968, states simply that “In a hierarchy, every employee rises to his level of incompetence.” Or in...
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Dean Hallett appears on The Armen Show podcast
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I recently appeared on The Armen Show - a podcast centered around science, mathematics and business. Armen Shirvanian, is an interesting and interested host. We had a robust discussion covering some of my favorite topics. Here are a few highlights: why...
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The Most Effective Management Tool: Feedback
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The Most Effective Management Tool: Feedback I always know when it is time to convene a feedback session among my direct reports: people are coming into my office expressing concerns about other team members and asking me to get involved. ...
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Can We Actually Be Too Kind?
Are we unconsciously doing our colleagues a disservice? So many of us want to avoid conflict.  It’s only natural, as most people I know are truly caring and compassionate.  Why on earth would we want to impose ourselves on others...
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The Missing Piece
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In a recent interview I was asked, “You have worked really hard and had a great career.  Is there something in your sights in the Corporate world that still excites you?”  The simple answer is YES.  There is one area...
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