Putting the troops first. Capt. Bo Reynolds walked the talk this past Thanksgiving in Afghanistan. First, he came up with the idea of deep-frying a turkey for the Army’s 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Second, he got only a taste of the bird because he let his troops eat first.
— Adapted from “A deployment with all the fixings,” Greg Jaffe, The Washington Post.
Keep your edge. Laura Ipsen, a senior vice president and general manager of smart-grid energy systems for Cisco, passes along this advice from CEO John Chambers on staying sharp. He told her to book twice as much vacation as she’d need because she’d end up giving half of it back.
— Adapted from “Who’s Next,” David Lidsky, Fast Company.
What’s in your briefcase? Here’s what Stephen Kelly, chief of British tech firm Microfocus, is carrying: print materials, including résumés, a business plan, specifications for a dinghy he bought for his daughter, and pro bono work. His passport and subway card. A notebook, pen and pencil. And two gadgets, an iPad with subscriptions to business publications, and a BlackBerry that he now mostly uses as a phone.
— Adapted from “Case Study,” CNBC Business.
Enhance your game. Scott Gordon has served as head coach of the New York Islanders hockey team, but his highest contribution to the sport may have come when he made hockey history in 1985 as a goaltender at Boston College. That’s when he and another goalie placed their water bottles on top of their nets—a first for a minor but highly useful practice.
— Adapted from Hockey’s Book of Firsts, Jame Duplacey, JG Press.
Learn body language. Pick one person today—an employee, a colleague, a customer—and pay extra attention to his or her body language. What new thing did you learn?
— Adapted from The 30-Day Plan to Whip Your Career Into Submission, Karen Salmansohn, Broadway Books.