BMD Editors

Effective leaders know that some decisions require time, while others must be made on the spot.

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Here’s one of several: “Don’t accept a job or stay there unless you have an understanding with
your boss that you’re free to say what you think “with the bark off,”
and you have the courage to do it.”

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  Take a tip from IBM’s Louis Gerstner.

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You’ve now got the staff to do the work you once did yourself, but you’ve been a workhorse for so long that you don’t know how to steer the team.

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Don’t simply put all your talented people on a problem-solving team.  

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When it came to leading a Major League baseball team, former Houston
Astros manager Larry Dierker pursued this simple philosophy: “My high
school coach used to say you can lead a horse to water but you can’t
make him drink. The first thing is to identify the ones that will drink.”   

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Your organization downsized last year, closed its telemarketing center
and hired an outside call center instead. This year, sales slumped 6
percent. Around the water cooler, folks are saying it’s because
“management” fired the experienced phone reps.

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 Do you have personal motivation and the need for for support?

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The personal items in your office contribute more to your leadership than you realize. 

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It’s a simple way to protect your bottom line against currency fluctuations. 

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