Wake up meetings. How much time does your team waste in meetings: jabbering, posturing and staying awake only by virtue of sugar and caffeine? If they aren’t contributing passionately, that’s your bad.
Solution: Don’t meet unless you or they have something specific to discuss.
— Adapted from As We Speak, Peter Meyers, Atria.
Fill a need. Barbara Van Dahlen became a leader by rooting out post-traumatic stress disorder in the military. Through intense focus, she mobilized thousands of mental health professionals to donate counseling for uniformed service members and their families. Her organization, Give an Hour, helps civilians serve their country.
— Adapted from “Healing the Wounds of War,” Adm. Mike Mullen, Time.
Kill your darlings. It’s said that the best innovators are not afraid to “kill their darlings.” That certainly was true of Apple founder Steve Jobs, who believed it was his duty to render his own products obsolete.
— Adapted from “Brave Thinkers,” Steven Levy, The Atlantic.