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Leadership Tips: Vol. 1211

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Are you a rule-maker or breaker? Get out front and stay there. There are rule-makers, rule-takers and rule-breakers:

  • Rule-makers codify strategies within an industry.
  • Rule-takers play by those rules.
  • Rule-breakers change the game.

— Adapted from Competing for the Future, ­Harvard Business Press.

Two steps forward. Instead of using the familiar expression “One step forward, two steps back,” keep things optimistic. When facing a setback, say: “Two steps forward, one step back.”

Fear no one. Newspaper publisher Creed Black went after sacred cows, in­­cluding the coal industry and the Uni­­versity of Kentucky basketball team.

After his Lexington Herald-Leader published a series about illegal payments to basketball players, one reader wrote: “May the sprays of a million polecats fall upon your presses and linger there through eternity.” That series won the paper its first Pulitzer Prize.

Black went on to increase the pa­­per’s Sunday circulation by more than 60%, and, in a decade at the Knight Foundation, quadrupled its endowment.

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