BMD Editors

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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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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Bob Lutz is one leader who knows how to break rules

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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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If you need to hire temporary workers, don’t wait too long to sign that
contract. Temp hiring has increased in the past five months and the
growing demand will eventually raise temp wages.
 

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Sooner or later, you’ll find yourself presented with a project—or an
opportunity— that outstrips your in-house capabilities. That’s when it
makes sense to join forces with another organization. But entering into
a joint venture when you should agree to a strategic alliance (or vice
versa) could lead to disaster.

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You may think of them as “merely vices,” but succumbing to even one of the seven deadly sins can cripple your ability to lead.

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Win over a new boss

by BMD Editors on February 1, 2001 9:00am

in Your Office Coach

You want to cultivate a positive relationship with a new boss, so you make every effort to impress the newcomer. You laugh at every joke, agree with every opinion and do whatever you’re told. The result? You’re off to a terrible start.

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If you’re planning to give a speech, don’t assume you must open with a joke. If it flops, your confidence will deflate faster than a burst balloon.

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Q. My boss is pressuring me to accept a big promotion, but it would mean relocating at a time when I strongly prefer to stay put.

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