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Warren Buffett Is Bullish On Women

In an exclusive interview with the Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA, Fortune 500) chairman and CEO, Warren Buffet, on why women are key to America’s prosperity.

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Conan O’Brien’s 2011 Dartmouth College Commencement Address

Conan has some encouraging words for the 2011 Dartmouth College senior class on the day of their graduation.

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Oprah Winfrey Harvard Commencement speech | Harvard Commencement 2013

Oprah Winfrey, who has used her success as a talk show host and media entrepreneur to promote education, civic engagement, and charitable works, addresses graduates at Harvard’s 362nd Commencement on May 30, 2013 at Tercentenary Theatre.

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Great way to start the week -“Are you pissed off for greatness?”

…how will you leave your legacy? This doesn’t just apply to Stanford students, but to every single person out there.

#leaveyourlegacy from Hooded Trees on Vimeo.

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Wealth Inequality in America

A shocking video shows how wealth is distributed in America. Wake up call! However, on the brighter side, it indicates that there is a lot of room for growth. The question is what do you inspire to do today to make a lasting impact tomorrow? Sit still or strive to achieve new heights?

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Steve Jobs, Apple founder – The Apple Legacy

Steve Jobs, the visionary in the black turtleneck who co-founded Apple in a Silicon Valley garage, built it into the world’s leading tech company and led a mobile-computing revolution with wildly popular devices such as the iPhone, died Wednesday, October 5, 2011. He was 56.

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Managing a Global Enterprise: Andrea Jung, CEO of Avon

As part of the View From The Top series from Stanford GSB, Avon Chair and CEO Andrea Jung discusses the challenges of managing a global enterprise with six million independent sales representatives, her own career choices, and what she has learned from serving on the boards of two very successful but different companies, Apple and GE. She is asked about her own cultural history, and how it shaped her leadership of Avon during its rapid global expansion. One of only 15 female CEOs of a Fortune 500 company, she also talks about what she thinks are promising trends for women in senior leadership roles.

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Remember These Things

A-void negative sources, people, places, things and habits.

B -elieve in yourself.

C -onsider things from every angle.

D -on’t give up and don’t give in.

E -njoy life today, yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come.

F -amily and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches.

G -ive more than you planned to.

H -ang on to your dreams.

I -gnore those who try to discourage you.

J -ust do it !

K -eep trying no matter how hard it seems, it will get easier.

L -ove yourself first and most.

M -ake it happen.

N -ever lie, cheat or steal, always strike a fair deal.

O -pen your eyes and see things as they really are.

P -ractice makes perfect.

Q -uitters never win and winners never quit.

R -ead, study and learn about everything important in your life.

S -top procrastinating.

T -ake control of your own destiny.

U -nderstand yourself in order to better understand others.

V -isualize it.

W -ant it more than anything.

X -ccelerate your efforts.

Y -ou are unique, and there is nothing in this world can replace you.

Z -ero in on your target and go for it.


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Ivanka’s Trump Card

Ivanka’s Trump Card
by Emma Johnson

The daughter of one of the world’s most famous businessmen brings more to the table than a pretty face and a pedigree.

The attractive young woman at the boardroom table listens quietly and attentively as the discussion becomes heated. Emotions flare, fingers point, excuses fly.

Ivanka Trump hears everyone out. Then, with calm precision, she interjects a question that changes the dynamic, putting the others on notice that she sees right through their excuses for failing their tasks. The BS stops here.

Like her father, the star of this reality show, she’s all business. She’s blunt, too, unwavering. But she’s never gruff.

Having watched Ivanka Trump grow up in the media, it might be easy to dismiss her as a pretty girl born with a silver spoon in her mouth. But that would be too easy. Pretty? An understatement. This former fashion model is nearly 6 feet, lithe, with flawless skin and stunning Eastern European elegance. But that is not Ivanka Trump.

The daughter of one of the most famous businessmen in the world—“The Donald,” the outspoken real estate titan famous for his luxurious properties and The Apprentice reality TV show—Ivanka’s public profile and privileged, in-the-spotlight upbringing don’t sum her up, either.

Ivanka Trump today is a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur in her own right. As executive vice president of development and acquisitions for The Trump Organization, she’s helped rebrand her father’s company into one of the few real estate firms to thrive through the recent downturn. And in 2007, she launched Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry with a flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York and placement in every fashion magazine. The enterprise is spinning off into handbag and shoe lines this year.

What Ivanka Trump is not is a spoiled kid who fiddles around with vanity projects. When she started at The Trump Organization, her biggest fear was disappointing her father and being merely “competent.” She arrives early, stays late, and starts the workweek on Sundays to get a head start when the office is quiet.

“My father always taught me that you must truly love what you do. If you are passionate about what you do, you will ultimately succeed,” says Trump, 29. “I apply this lesson to every business venture I enter into.”

Nurturing Her Dream

Ivanka TrumpRaised in the penthouse of her father’s Trump Tower during the years his business prospered, then tumbled, then rose again, she attended the best schools and traveled the world with her glamorous mother, Ivana, the Czech ski Olympian and one-time model. But Ivanka Trump also had a solid foundation rooted in close relationships with both her parents and her grandparents.

Trump admits her parents’ affluence afforded her many advantages, but their examples and work ethics also set a standard. In her 2009 New York Times best-seller The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life, Trump recounts accompanying her mother to The Plaza, the famed hotel owned at that time by her father and managed by her mother. Ivanka absorbed her mother’s passion for the work and her attention to detail. Likewise, she often visited her father in his office, where she gained business acumen by observing and listening.

“I cannot remember a time when I didn’t want to be in the real estate business,” Trump says. “Since I was a child, my dream was to work for my father at The Trump Organization and my end goal was always real estate.”

Her career path was not direct, however. As a teenager with an agent’s encouragement, she pursued work as a fashion model. Despite her beauty, modeling provided challenges; as a student at the elite boarding school Choate Rosemary Hall in rural Connecticut, Trump was prohibited from keeping a car—essential for her “go-sees,” or auditions for modeling jobs. Her parents told her she could pursue modeling if she maintained all A’s and figured out the car situation herself. Trump convinced the school’s administrators to make an exception to the car rule, and big modeling jobs followed—with Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Marc Bouwer and Thierry Mugler, as well as the cover of Seventeen magazine.

The Value of a Dollar

The money she made was hers to keep—and most of it landed in a Bear Stearns account. “I was young when I began my modeling career and it was a great way for my parents to teach me about the value of hard work and spending my money wisely,” she says. “I think I learned the lesson very young how quickly you don’t ‘need’ something when you are spending your own hard-earned money!”

Her parents expected her to spend her money on luxuries. She remembers boarding a commercial jet for the South of France with her brothers when their mother informed them she’d be flying first class, and unless they wanted to use their own money to upgrade, the kids were in coach. Ivanka was incredulous, but she now appreciates how any sense of entitlement was wiped away early on.

After graduating summa cum laude from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, Trump sought to become a builder. Instead of jumping into her father’s business, she took advice from a college professor and worked for a year as a project manager for another New York real estate tycoon, Bruce Ratner, at his Forest City Enterprises. Remembering her dad’s mantra that “there is no such thing as being early to a business meeting,” she showed up two hours early for her first day on the job.

After a successful year at Forest City, Trump moved to the family business as a vice president, where today she works alongside her older brother Donald Jr. and guides younger brother Eric.

Initially, she sought to prove herself by trying to learn everything alone. She quickly learned this only highlighted her immaturity. “I think the smartest people are always those who ask the most questions,” Trump says. “The reality is you can’t always be an expert at everything.”

Seizing Opportunities

When joining The Trump Organization in 2005, the real estate market was near its peak, financing was readily available and the firm was building, selling and managing numerous projects around world. When the real estate bubble burst in 2008, the business focus shifted from brand-new properties to the Trump Hotel Collection, where Ivanka Trump directs her energies. The hotel business involves partnering, remodeling, managing and ultimately rebranding existing properties under the Trump name.

In addition to her work with the hotel business, Trump also appears regularly alongside her father in The Apprentice. The show has been a top-rated prime-time boon for ABC and The Trump Organization alike.

“Press is a prime advantage for The Trump Organization—very few businesses have a globally recognized celebrity at its helm and we do our best to maximize it,” Trump says. “We have been able to transform our media power most often into positive messaging, allowing us to circumvent other costly marketing vehicles.”

Her beauty, name and celebrity are not the only traits that open doors. Trump is dedicated to formal etiquette. Like her mother, she writes thank-you notes on personalized stationery. She also sends handwritten notes to those she finds interesting or noteworthy—even if she doesn’t know them. After being impressed by headlines of Carlos Slim’s rescue of the financially troubled New York Times, she wrote such a note to the richest man in Mexico. A week later, the real estate mogul invited Trump to meet at his hotel, where she enjoyed two hours discussing business, real estate and media.

Her experiences in life and real estate came in handy when, three years ago, she launched Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry. Partnering with diamond trader Dynamic Diamond Corp., the business is an exercise in branding that goes beyond the formal elegance connoted by the name “Trump.” To find the right recipe, Trump capitalized on her early lesson in the importance of asking questions.

‘Pragmatic Beyond Her Years’

Ivanka Trump“When I was looking into expanding into the luxury jewelry market, I read as much as I could about the business and spoke to as many industry people as possible. I didn’t let the fear of appearing green get in my way,” she says. “I believe very strongly in the power of networking, and it would have been foolish not to use my many friends and business colleagues for their advice and expertise.”

Trump also trusted her own instincts on the subject of jewelry—which she counts as one of her passions. She cherishes memories of her mother dressing for formal events and allowing Ivanka to try on her baubles and vamp in front of the mirror.

Her father remembers these times, too. “Ivanka had an eye for design that was and remains impeccable,” says Donald Trump. “It’s no surprise that she has a successful jewelry business. Ivanka was always observant and pragmatic beyond her years.”

Ivanka Trump also learned from shopping trips with her mother to high-end jewelry stores—which she describes as oppressive mausoleums. Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry sets itself apart by targeting younger women with elegant yet fashion-forward products. The flagship store’s deco design is warm and welcoming, and security guards dressed discretely as doormen offer customers a friendly greeting. The brand’s signature color, coral, is incorporated into earring backs and necklace closures. The designs have been featured in nearly every fashion magazine.

“The niche that I found in the jewelry business was creating a product that a woman would feel happy with buying on her own or even letting her partner know she wanted,” Trump says. “We live in times where women are self-sufficient and comfortable buying or requesting something special for themselves to make into their own heirloom. Differentiation in your market is key.”

New Tech, Old-Fashioned Values

Ivanka Trump’s adept use of social media has also heightened the Trump real estate brand, her jewelry brand, and her own personal brand. At press time, Trump counted 814,000 Twitter followers and more than 7,800 Facebook fans. “Social media is a new and interesting avenue for me,” she says. “It is a great way to share my message with the public and control what I want to say.”

Like many busy entrepreneurs—especially those of her generation—she is tempted to overdo it with electronic communication. She’s since put limits on her use—her BlackBerry gets turned off from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m.—and she refuses to multitask in her communications. So if she’s talking to you on the phone, rest assured she’s not also instant-messaging with her brother.

That said, Trump is old-fashioned in many ways. Aside from sending handwritten notes, she always schedules time for returning phone calls and emails. “If you are a few days late on returning a phone call or responding to an email you could be missing out on a potential business opportunity,” she says.

As focused as she is on her work, Trump’s life is more than business. In 2009, she married businessman and New York Observer owner Jared Kushner. Last March, Trump joined the U.N. Foundation’s “Girl Up” initiative, which recruits young women to support U.N. career opportunities for girls in developing countries. She is also involved in the Eric Trump Foundation and the New York City Police Foundation.

Her days start with a yoga or spinning class, and reading a newspaper. Then, it’s off to work. “I am often the first one in the office each day,” she says.

Spoiled rich kid? You decide.

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Sergey Brin and Larry Page on Google

About this talk

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin offer a peek inside the Google machine, sharing tidbits about international search patterns, the philanthropic Google Foundation, and the company’s dedication to innovation and employee happiness.

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Charismatic Leadership by John C. Maxwell

William Gladstone and  Benjamin Disraeli were two of the fiercest political rivals of the 19th  century. Their epic battles for control of the British Empire were marked by  intense animosity that spilled over from the public arena into their personal  lives. Ambitious, powerful, and politically astute, both men were spirited  competitors and masterful politicians.

Though each man achieved impressive  accomplishments for Britain, the quality that separated them as leaders was  their approach to people. The difference is best illustrated by the account of  a young woman who dined with the men on consecutive nights. When asked about  her impression of the rival statesmen, she said, “When I left the dining room  after sitting next to Mr. Gladstone, I thought he was the cleverest man in  England. But after sitting next to Mr. Disraeli, I thought I was the cleverest  woman in England.”

What distinguished  Disraeli from Gladstone was charisma. Disraeli possessed a personal charm  sorely lacking in the leadership style of his rival. His personal appeal  attracted friends and created favorable impressions among acquaintances.  Throughout his career, Disraeli’s charisma gave him an edge over Gladstone.

Understanding  Charisma
Of all leadership  attributes, charisma is perhaps the least understood. At first glance, charisma  appears to be an invisible energy or magnetism. There’s no denying its  presence, but it’s hard to put a finger on its source. Some mistakenly believe  charisma is a birth trait—embedded in certain personalities, but completely  absent in others.

I believe charisma is both  explainable and learnable. I also believe charisma helps to boost a leader’s influence.  I’d like to examine the causes of charisma and teach you how to increase the  charisma you display as a leader.

The Qualities  of a Charismatic Leader
Charisma is defined as, “The  ability to inspire enthusiasm, interest, or affection in others by means of  personal charm or influence.” Leaders who have this special ability share four  things in common:

1) They Love Life
Leaders who attract a  following are passionate about life. They are celebrators, not complainers.  They’re characterized by joy and warmth. They’re energetic and radiant in an  infectious way.

Look no further than the  smile to illustrate the power of charisma. When people see a smile, they  respond with a smile. If you’re skeptical, try it. Smile at cashiers, waiters,  co-workers, etc. You’ll find your smile earns a reciprocate smile almost every  time. We are hardwired to take on the energy of those around us. Leaders who  love life have charisma because they fill the room with positive energy.

2) They Value the  Potential in People
To become an attractive  leader, expect the best from your people. I describe this behavior as “putting  a 10 on everyone’s head.” Leaders see people not as they are, but as they could  be. From this vantage point, they help others to build a bridge from the present  to a preferred future.

Benjamin Disraeli  understood and practiced this concept, and it was one of the secrets to his  charisma. He once said, “The greatest good you can do for another is not to  share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” When you invest in people and  lift them toward their potential, they will love you for it.

3) They Give Hope
People have an inner  longing to improve their future and their fortunes. Charismatic leaders connect  with people by painting tomorrow brighter than today. To them, the future is  full of amazing opportunities and unrealized dreams.

Napoleon Bonaparte once  said, “Leaders are dealers in hope.” They infuse optimism into the culture  around them, and they boost morale. While attentive to the current reality,  they do not resign themselves to present circumstance.

4) They Share Themselves
Leaders with charisma add  value to people by sharing wisdom, resources, and even special occasions. They  embrace the power of inclusion, inviting others to join them for learning experiences,  brainstorming sessions, or simply a cup of coffee. Such leaders embrace team  spirit and value togetherness. As a result, charismatic leaders are not lonely  at the top.

When it comes to charisma,  the bottom line is other-mindedness. For leaders, the greatest satisfaction is  found by serving. They find great pleasure celebrating the successes of those  around them, and the victory they enjoy the most is a team triumph.

In closing, charisma has  substance. It’s not manipulative energy or a magical gift endowed upon select  personalities. Rather, it’s an attractive blend of learnable qualities.

Furthermore, charisma  compounds a leader’s influence. Without it, leaders have trouble inspiring  passion and energizing their teams. With it, leaders draw out the best in their  people, give the best of themselves, and find the greatest fulfillment.

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Chade-Meng Tan: Everyday compassion at Google

Google’s “Jolly Good Fellow,” Chade-Meng Tan, talks about how the company practices compassion in its everyday business — and its bold side projects.

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Oprah Winfrey 2008 Stanford Commencement

Oprah Winfrey, global media leader and philanthropist, spoke to the Class of 2008 at Stanford’s 117th Commencement on June 15, 2008. Winfrey drew on experiences from a career that began in 1976 when she co-anchored a television newscast, and she shared three lessons about feelings, failure and finding happiness.

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Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do, and how we can do it better

Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions on TED Conference.

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Life Changing Awareness – Bob Proctor, Author of “The Secret”

Bob Proctor shares his insights on his life changing awareness with interviewer Nick Ortner on 2011 Tapping World Summit.

“We become what we think upon.” –Bob Proctor

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Interview with British entrepreneur Richard Branson

British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson talks with Harry Smith about his journey from dyslexic high school dropout to one of the world’s richest men. Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is best known for his Virgin Group (

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Oprah Winfrey – The Secret

This is where Oprah describes about the secret and its impact to one’s life.

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Warren Buffett and Bill Gates: Keeping America Great

In a rare and exclusive event, CNBC presents Buffett and Gates together taking questions from tomorrow’s business leaders and sharing the secrets to Keeping America Great.

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Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself — at the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.

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Tapping the Power of Your Morning Routine by Jim Citrin

Tapping the Power of Your Morning Routine

by Jim Citrin

How disciplined are you about your early-morning routine?

If you want to maximize your success while achieving the best possible balance in your life, you may want to take a fresh look at what time you wake up and what you do with your time before getting to the office.

A Wakeup Call

Last week, I contacted some of the business leaders I greatly admire and inquired about their early-morning schedules.

Specifically, I asked 20 CEOs and top executives what time they wake up, when they have their first cup of coffee, when they start on email, what if anything they do for exercise, what time they leave for the office, and what else they do before walking out the door.

I heard back from half a dozen of them within 10 minutes, and, in a matter of a few hours, I received answers from a total of 17 out of the 20 — a response rate that would be the envy of any market researcher.

It didn’t take long for the patterns to emerge. Based on an analysis of the executives’ schedules and activities, I discovered seven practices you should seriously consider adopting in order to make the most of your morning.

1. Start early.

This is the part of your morning routine over which you have the greatest control. To fit it all in, it’s a must to start early. The latest any of the surveyed executives wake up is 6 a.m., and almost 80 percent wake up at 5:30 or earlier.

The early-bird-gets-the-worm award goes to Padmasree Warrior, chief technology officer for Motorola, who rises at 4:30 a.m., spends an hour on email, reads most of the news online, and then does an hour of either cardio or resistance training each morning. This allows her to get her son ready for school and drop him off, and still get to work by 8 or 8:30 in the morning.
2. Get a jump on email.

If you think you’re alone in feeling overwhelmed by email, take comfort: even top CEOs and the most senior executives feel compelled to stay on top of their email, and most of them find time in the early morning to do so.

Ursula Burns, the No. 2 executive at technology giant Xerox, says, “I do email from the minute I get up [5:15 a.m.] and all day long, finishing around midnight.” Haim Saban, chairman and CEO of investment firm Saban Capital Group, starts email right after his first cup of coffee “at 6:02 a.m.” and works on it for about an hour before his 75-minute morning exercise regimen.

Lou D’Ambrosio, chief executive officer at telecommunications equipment leader Avaya Communications, is “on email literally within one minute after waking up. I spend about an hour at home in the morning doing email to jump-start the day. This allows me to have a clear mind when I set priorities for the day.” Lou also does email from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at night.

Several executives wait until they get to the office before they start working on email. Matt Ouimet, president of the hotel group for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, for example, rises at 5:30 a.m. and leaves the house at 6 a.m. to get to the office very early — “I’ve always been anxious to get to work: game time” — and responds to email undisturbed for an hour while the office is very quiet.

3. Exercise every morning.

It’s often difficult to find a way to fit exercise into your busy schedule, but knowing that some of the most successful businesspeople do so might motivate you to find a way to work it into your routine.

More than 70 percent of the business leaders in my survey perform their exercise in the morning, while 15 percent find a way to do it during the day (one does it late at night before turning in). Only two of the executives admit to not exercising on a regular basis, although one said, “I know I should.”

The individual who demonstrates the greatest exercise discipline is the CEO of a high-performing global technology company (I promised him anonymity so as not to blow his cover). “I exercise at lunchtime,” he says. “I block the time every single day. This is because I’m a runner and that’s the best time to run outside all year long.”
4. Be thoughtful about the source, form, and timing of your news.

Much has been written about the demise of the newspaper, and, along those lines, about a quarter of the executives I spoke with has switched to online news. Yet most of the others maintain the morning newspaper as a central part of their routine.

Steve Reinemund, the CEO of PepsiCo, reads the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and the Dallas Morning News. Rafe Sagalyn, CEO of the prestigious Sagalyn Literary Agency of Bethesda, Md., blends traditional and new media. He says, “I simultaneously skim online newspapers from Boston to Los Angeles and half a dozen blogs one really has to keep up with. At about 6:30 a.m., I fetch three morning papers — the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.”

5. Problem-solve.

The quiet of the morning is often the time when your mind is at its clearest and most well-suited to solving important problems.

Steve Murphy, CEO of publishing company Rodale, says, “A line in a William Blake poem inspired me to think differently about my day: ‘Think in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night.’ This has made a huge difference in my life. Now, I take out a yellow pad every morning and write my thoughts for the day, which allows me to be much more strategic and proactive than reactive.”
6. Make family time.

Many business leaders find that the morning encourages important family time. Some have breakfast with their families or make taking kids to school a central part of the morning routine.

Greg Maffei, CEO of Liberty Media Corporation, says, “I try to talk one of my kids into going outside to get the paper, but end up getting it myself. I then have breakfast with my wife and kids, help the latter get dressed, and drive the older boys to the bus stop at 7:40 a.m.”

7. Be creative with your morning routine.

Despite all the discipline and structure described in the above best practices, it doesn’t mean you can’t be creative with your morning rituals. Gerry Laybourne, founder, chairman, and CEO of Oxygen Media, maintains a routine similar to other business leaders.

However, she adds a unique twist to her schedule: “Once or twice a week, I go for a walk in Central Park with a young person seeking my advice. This is my way of helping bring along the next generation. I can’t take time at the office to do this, but doing it in the morning allows me to get exercise and stay connected with young people at the same time.”

The examples cited here have led me to reassess how I structure my early-morning time, and I hope they help you in making the most of your daily routine as well.

Jim Citrin Leadership by Example

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