How Aging Affects Athletic Performance

As a former athlete I can attest to the points made in this article.


I remember the moment a few years ago while watching TV when I realized that if I were riding in the Tour de France, at age 42 I’d be the oldest person in the race. It hit me that my dream of racing in cycling’s biggest event was over…it was not going to happen.

Not that I’d been competing, let alone training seriously, on the bike for a number of years.

Or that not even in my “prime” years for competitive cycling would I have been good enough. It’s just that now I had an excuse…. I was too old, too far past my prime years.

So what happened? Is there a physiological reason people in their mid-40’s are no longer able to compete at the professional level in most sports, or is it a constellation of challenges, such as the time devoted to training, motivation, managing kids’ schedules or…

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Executive Presence: Proven Leadership Strategies for Corporate America

Nkozi Knight

According to Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, “Really great people make you feel that you too, can become great.” This well-kept secret is the key concept of effective leadership and team management. Bringing the best out of others through inspirational leadership, team building, and effective communication will catapult you to the ranks of history’s greatest leaders.

Invest in your team members and they will in turn invest in your company. Inspirational leadership is inspiring your team members through active engagement by helping them to connect the dots between the work they do and the mission of the organization or company for which you work for. By bridging the gap for employees, you help them understand where they fit in the company and how that company fits into the outside world. Helping employees understand where they fit into the company is only half of the battle. An inspirational…

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NYSE President: I owe every job I’ve ever had to networking


The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question: What’s the best way to network? is written by Tom Farley, president of the NYSE.

One of the things I enjoy most as President of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is networking with our community of listed companies. Even more so, I enjoy having a view into the networking skills of the world’s greatest executives. A few months ago, the CEO of a global technology company and the CEO of an automobile manufacturer had a chance encounter on the floor of the NYSE. It should come as no surprise what happened next: these two captains-of-industry took time out of their busy schedules to spend time with one another, compliment one another on their recent successes, and suggest a…

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What every employee can teach their boss


The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question “How do you keep your best employees?” is by Carmencita Bua, COO of Continuum.

Employee retention isn’t a mystery. The key is to help your team construct and maintain a happy, respectful relationship with your company.

There is no magic recipe that will fabricate these relationships — you must foster an environment that encourages employees to create them. You need to assume an honest position aligned with your values — one that works for your internal structure and makes your organization successful in the marketplace. Keep these elements in mind:

Be caring
How do you show you care? You must demonstrate this in a concrete way.

Invest time and attention in your employees. Talk with them —…

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This big data startup with roots from LinkedIn just raised millions of dollars


It used to be that if you were a company that’s been accumulating tons of data about your business, it would take a day or two (or longer) to sift through and crunch those numbers to discover ways to run your business more efficiently.

Nowadays, however, as data processing technology has matured, companies are looking to analyze their data in real time as opposed to having to wait days. If you’re a retail company selling shirts and your inventory is going down fast, you want to know what is happening immediately so you can take action. Time is of the essence.

It’s this need for speed that Mountain View, Calif.-based Confluent, a startup specializing in data processing, wants to address, and it plans to announce on Wednesday that it raised $24 million to help do so. With the funding, the startup, founded in September 2014, now has $31 million…

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5 Ways to Shift from Manager to Leader

IDiscover Journal

Sometimes I am working with a client and it hits me; although an individual holds the top position at their company they have not consciously accepted the role of “leader”. And as Leading 03I’ve touched on here before, there’s a big difference between being a manager and a leader. A manager can oversee the operational side of a business – and often do it well. But, that’s only half the battle. Businesses require a visionary. They need someone who can envision what the future will look like and how the business will get there. And just as important is the skill to get share that vision and keep the business moving in the direction of the long-term destination.

The other truth that I’ve seen is that many business leaders are thrust into that position sometimes without asking for it or desiring it or even being ready for it. All of a…

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