BMD Editors

Napoleon Bonaparte didn’t like to answer letters. In fact, he would often wait 30 days before replying. (“If a response is still needed, I will write it then.”)

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Leaders often have to break out of the molds other people set for them, says leadership guru Warren Bennis. They have to invent themselves.

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Bill Parcells, who has already led three National Football League teams from mediocrity to excellence and is working on his fourth (the Dallas Cowboys), operates on three basic rules:

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Sure, leaders should be visionaries, communicators and goal-setters. But Pitney Bowes CEO Michael Critelli says they must be catalysts, too.

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Being asked to join the board of a hospital, charity or school certainly can boost the ego. But, to make sure you say “Yes” for the right reasons, ask these four questions, recommended by seasoned board members:

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This is the story of a manager who saw a problem in his company’s purchasing process.

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Bob Lutz is one leader who knows how to break rules

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Cooperation is fine, but sometimes, a leader has to come out ahead in oneon- one competition for a specific prize.

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Laying out goals

by BMD Editors on January 1, 2004 2:00pm

in Leaders & Managers

Research suggests that few employees understand their organization’s goals, so it’s your job to lay them out and draw a clear line from strategy to action.

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If you’ve taken the trendy paths to “manage” the knowledge within your team or organization, give up. The corporate knowledge-management model has gone bust, largely because it’s based on a publishing model: Somebody extracts information from people and puts it in writing.

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