Plan your succession. Not all founders make great leaders, but great founders who plan their successions can create dynasties. Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce founded computing giant Intel and felt confident in their own legacy to cultivate the brilliant Andy Grove as CEO.
— Adapted from “The Genius Dilemma,” Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Newsweek.
Set this ‘away’ message: “I’m off the grid until 7/8/15. I won’t see this email. On my return, I’m archiving everything and starting fresh. If this is urgent, please send it to Mary (firstname.lastname@example.org). She’ll make sure it gets to the right person. If you need me to see this, please resend it after 7/8.”
— Adapted from “The Out-Of-Office Message That Ensures You’ll Never Come Back to Work Stressed,” Jessica Stillman, The Muse.
Listen to your inner voice. In his book The Lonely Crowd, David Riesman famously suggests that “inner-directed” people tend to be self-motivated, goal-oriented and led by their own sense of mission. Inner-directed people, he says, are most likely to become leaders.
—Adapted from Time Mastery, John Clemens and Scott Dalrymple, Amacom.