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The founding father not only ramped up his farming operation phenomenally over five
years (his annual grain production alone grew from 257 bushels to
6,241), but he also built entirely new enterprises, including fisheries
and a distillery.

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  Thirty years ago, many biologists saw higher primates, including
humans, as natural-born “killer apes,” their lives defined by
competition, territoriality and dominance.

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Ask the people who report to you to identify the greatest frustrations
they face on the job. Then create teams on the spot to eliminate or
reduce them.

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As a college president, Leo Higdon is seeing higher education absorb some of the same pressures that have slammed business, from the shortened tenures of its leaders to some unprecedented financial pressures.

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   It may seem counterintuitive, but front-line workers—not middle
managers— most often see eye to eye with senior executives on the need
for action. In fact, says Robert Felton, a director of the management
consulting firm McKinsey & Co., middle managers often try to thwart
new initiatives.

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  Were you a leader in your teenage years? What did people think about you then?

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As your responsibilities increase, you reach a point at which you can’t
personally gather all the information you need to make critical
decisions. You have to delegate some information-gathering
responsibility to others.

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