5 Important Traits Set Great Business Leaders Apart

5 Important Traits Set Great Business Leaders Apart

“The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.”—Ray Kroc BY DAVE MARTIN Two people can grow up in the same town, attend the same schools, hold the same social status and have parents with similar incomes, beliefs and family values, yet one will excel in business far beyond the […]

What Leaders Can Learn from NASA and the Space Race

What Leaders Can Learn from NASA and the Space Race

The title of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s management professor Andrew Carton’s latest research is playful, but important. But there is an important lesson to be learned from his paper, “I’m Not Mopping the Floors, I’m Putting a Man on the Moon: How NASA Leaders Enhanced the Meaningfulness of Work by Changing […]

Chris Baker Announced as New Corsicana Mattress Co. CEO

Corsicana Mattress Co., a major producer of promotional and moderately priced mattresses based in Corsicana, Texas, has named Chris Baker chief executive officer. He succeeds Mark Kuchenrither, who left the company earlier this year after serving as CEO for the past year. Baker, previously on Corsicana’s board of directors, is charged with executing the company’s […]

Go, Team, Go! The Best Way to Build a Successful Group

Go, Team, Go! The Best Way to Build a Successful Group

Two heads are better than one, the saying goes. But that doesn’t take into account how to make two, three, four or five heads work together as a team and build a successful group. Over the decades, psychologists have learned some universal traits that good teams share, according to an article by Jeremy Dean on […]

10 Traits All Innovative Leaders Share

10 Traits All Innovative Leaders Share

Leadership involves a number of qualities. But what makes someone stand out as an innovative leader? Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, authors of “The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders,” conducted a study in which they asked identified leaders, along with the leader’s boss and a number of peers and direct reports, for […]

ISPA Adds Melissa Barra, Eric Rose to Leadership Team

ISPA Adds Melissa Barra, Eric Rose to Leadership Team

The International Sleep Products Association welcomed Melissa Barra to the ISPA Board of Trustees and Eric Rose to the Sleep Products Safety Council. The terms for Barra, senior vice president and chief strategy and consumer relationship officer at Minneapolis-based Select Comfort Corp., and Rose, director of product innovation at Select Comfort, will run through March 2018. Barra […]

Understanding the 4 Cornerstones of a Great Business

Understanding the 4 Cornerstones of a Great Business

Create a strong foundation for success with a balanced focus and these cornerstones: BY RANDALL BELL Throughout the world, majestic structures stand as legacies to history’s greatest empires and civilizations. The castles of medieval Europe, the aqueducts of the Roman Empire, the temples of ancient Greece, the Great Wall of China, the pyramids of ancient […]

7 Lessons from Olympic Athletes

7 Lessons from Olympic Athletes

Watching the games this month may give you a new perspective on perseverance.  BY VICTOR M. PARACHIN ‘You have to get over the hurdles and keep running.’ Those words often are spoken by Nawal El Moutawakel, Morocco’s Olympic gold medalist. After spending her childhood running through the streets of Casablanca, El Moutawakel used her running […]

When Leadership Is Not Lost in Translation

When Leadership Is Not Lost in Translation

BY BARBARA T. NELLES For this month’s Profile, I had an in-person interview with the head of a burgeoning mattress maker from across the globe. During the Winter Las Vegas Market, Ryan Trainer, president of the International Sleep Products Association, and I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jeffri Massie, president director of Massindo […]

The real impact of leadership

The real impact of leadership

By Alesia Latson William James, the famed American philosopher and psychologist, once said, “When two people meet there are really six people present. There is each person as they see themselves, each person as the other person sees them, and each person as they really are.” As a leader, how do you see yourself? And […]