Becoming the Best Leader You Can Be: A Guide to the Power of Mentorship

Becoming the Best Leader You Can Be: A Guide to the Power of Mentorship

Florin Lungu“Before working with Florin I had little to no hope of turning around the situation I was facing at work. During the 12 months of Florin's mentorship, my hope returned, as well as the strength to face the work obstacles I had ahead of me.” “Without Florin's mentorship, I would not have had the same leadership tools and self-insight in my backpack that I have today. Florin has moved me, pushed me and piqued my curiosity to seek new paths and new methods to become an even better...

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Driving Change: How Alan Mulally’s ‘One Ford’ Vision Rescued an Automotive Giant

Driving Change: How Alan Mulally’s ‘One Ford’ Vision Rescued an Automotive Giant

Florin LunguIf you have ever belonged to an organization holding on for dear life, you know what the atmosphere was like in Alan Mulally’s first meeting as president and CEO of the Ford Motor Company. Mulally had taken over in September 2006. The organization had one of the most legendary names in American industry, but its stock price had fallen nearly $10 in the few years prior. Ford was headed toward its largest-ever annual loss – $12.7 billion – and was not expected to profit again for the...

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The Emotional Side of Leadership: Why Empathy Matters More Than Ever

The Emotional Side of Leadership: Why Empathy Matters More Than Ever

Florin LunguJohn Maxwell says, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Now, if you’ve been reading my emails long, you certainly know the name John Maxwell – and even if you haven’t, you might very well still know the name. He is one of the world’s foremost leadership experts. But still, it is difficult for many leaders to take a relational approach to getting more from their teams. Why? Well, some leaders have a more task-oriented or results-oriented...

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Resilience: The Ultimate Competitive Advantage – How Lego Transformed from Near Bankruptcy to Global Powerhouse

Resilience: The Ultimate Competitive Advantage – How Lego Transformed from Near Bankruptcy to Global Powerhouse

Florin LunguWhat is the most important thing an organization can be? Some will say “profitable” because they are bottom-line-oriented. Some will say “prominent” because they are image-oriented. Still others might say “powerful” because they are impact-oriented. There are as many answers to this question as there are people to answer it. But if you ask Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, he will say the most important thing an organization can be is resilient, because he is transformation-oriented....

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Leading with Integrity: Unpacking Ethical Leadership in the Wake of Crisis

Leading with Integrity: Unpacking Ethical Leadership in the Wake of Crisis

Florin LunguYou have a headache. Looking for some relief, you walk to the cupboard and pop open a new bottle of aspirin. You carefully tear open the tamper-proof seal and reach inside for the pills. If you were born within the last forty years, this is the way it’s always been for you: analgesics, vitamins, and all kinds of other consumables come with a layer of protection that assures us it’s safe to consume. But if you were born before that, you may remember a time when this wasn’t the case....

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Start with Why: 5 Strategies for Developing Your Authentic Leadership Brand

Start with Why: 5 Strategies for Developing Your Authentic Leadership Brand

Almost fifteen years ago, author, speaker, and business leader Simon Sinek published one of his best-known works, Start With Why. In it, Sinek points out a powerful reversal of modern marketing: sharing your product with someone isn’t about what you sell as much as it is about why. “Every single person, every single organization on the planet knows what they do, 100%. Some know how they do it. But very, very few people or organizations know why they do what they do. And by why, I don’t mean to...

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Harnessing the Power of Learning: The Silent Weapon in Today’s High-Paced World

Harnessing the Power of Learning: The Silent Weapon in Today’s High-Paced World

Florin LunguHow much do you value learning? A desire to simplify life has been powering progress for thousands of years. For much of the world, life is more convenient than it ever has been: electric washers and dryers, microwavable dinners, and computers in our pockets. And yet, even with all these things maximizing our time, we are busier than ever before.  Convenience comes at a cost. When electric washers and dryers made laundry easier, we started doing it every week, not every month. When...

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Leading Smartly: A Leader’s Guide to Strategic Delegation

Leading Smartly: A Leader’s Guide to Strategic Delegation

Florin LunguAs leaders we are always looking for ways to maximize the results of our time. You’ve heard of the Pareto principle, also known as the 80/20 rule: 20% of our effort yields 80% of our results, and the other 20% comes from 80% of our effort. It reminds us we have high-value and low-value items on our to do list. And the Pareto principle is often paired with the urgency/importance matrix, sorting tasks into categories and assigning action steps. Now, these are fantastic tools for...

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Leading with Emotional Intelligence: Indra Nooyi’s Transformation of PepsiCo’s Product Line

Leading with Emotional Intelligence: Indra Nooyi’s Transformation of PepsiCo’s Product Line

Florin LunguWhat comes to mind when you hear the name PepsiCo.? Most likely, you are thinking of their namesake, Pepsi – the sweet cola beverage sold in stores all over the world. But if you are a fan of the brand, you may be familiar with some of their other products as well: chips like Doritos and Ruffles, cereals like Cap’n Crunch, and Grandma’s brand cookies. It goes without saying that healthy nutrition is not a big selling point of their products! The organization has been selling one...

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Turning Tides: The Strategic Vision that Rescued Microsoft from Obsolescence

Turning Tides: The Strategic Vision that Rescued Microsoft from Obsolescence

Florin LunguThe year was 2014, and one organization was struggling to stay relevant. Customers were not returning; its competition was stifling; its new tech was confusing consumers, and it had long given up its hold on the market. It was quickly aging out of relevance. The organization in question? Microsoft. Yes, that’s right – the Microsoft. Nine years ago, Microsoft was fighting to keep its title as a titan of the tech industry. Users of their software were satisfied enough with older...

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In Tune with Your Team: How Scandinavian Leadership Can Harmonize Your Workplace

In Tune with Your Team: How Scandinavian Leadership Can Harmonize Your Workplace

Florin LunguHave you ever seen an orchestra perform? The lights dim. The crowd settles. A soft note rises from the group, then another, and then a wave of music washes over the theater. Skilled musicians play their parts to perfection. The dancing strings of violins, cellos, and double basses fill the air with highs and lows. Woodwinds make their magic; horns punctuate moments of passion; and percussion keeps the rest of them in time. And at the center of it all stands the conductor. All the...

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Unleashing True Leadership: The Undervalued Power of Emotional Intelligence

Unleashing True Leadership: The Undervalued Power of Emotional Intelligence

Florin LunguJohn Maxwell has been one of the biggest influences on my leadership career. I’m sure if you have followed me for any length of time you have seen me refer to his famous quote,  “Leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.” It’s one of the most powerful statements about leadership I can think of! It says so much about leading in just a few words. Leadership is not about control; it is not limited to a position or title; it is not even necessarily about the bottom line. It...

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Navigating the Currents of Change: Leadership Tactics for a Dynamic Business World

Navigating the Currents of Change: Leadership Tactics for a Dynamic Business World

Florin LunguIf you have been reading my articles for a while, you probably know what to expect when I publish a new one. Some insights on leadership, maybe a story with a point – at the end of the day, that will always be what I offer. After all, it is my passion. But what if, one day, it was different? What if, instead of a monologue, it was a conversation? Would you embrace the change, or would you x-out in confusion? Host: Hello, and welcome to Leadership for the Now, your chosen resource...

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Embracing the Uninvented: A Leadership Perspective on Navigating Rapid Technological Change

Embracing the Uninvented: A Leadership Perspective on Navigating Rapid Technological Change

Florin LunguOver the last hundred years or so, the man named Charles Holland Duell has become the poster child for lack of imagination. Charles Duell, born in 1850, served as the Commissioner of the United States Patent Office around the turn into the 20th century. During his tenure as patent commissioner, he examined patent applications for all kinds of inventions. And in 1899, he said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” Or so the story goes… Actually, there is no credible...

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Unlocking Your Leadership Puzzle: Celebrate Your Distinctive Role and Create a Powerful Legacy

Unlocking Your Leadership Puzzle: Celebrate Your Distinctive Role and Create a Powerful Legacy

Each one of us holds a unique piece of the grand leadership puzzle. In my latest article, “Unlocking Your Leadership Puzzle: Celebrate Your Distinctive Role and Create a Powerful Legacy,” I delve into the idea that every leader’s journey is singular and irreplaceable. I share lessons learned from my own experience and encourage you to celebrate your distinctive role in the leadership landscape. From embracing your passion to balancing connection with ambition, this article offers insights to help you unlock your leadership potential and create a lasting legacy. Join me in exploring how we can better understand our unique pieces of the leadership puzzle and assemble a grand design that reflects our collective strength.

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