Executive Leadership

Turn a mediocre performer into a star by following a four-step process.

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In 2013, Nike flubbed a meeting to renew its sponsorship contract with Stephen Curry.

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In March 2015, Marvin Ellison addressed 1,000 J.C. Penney store managers. They didn’t know him well; he had arrived at Penney just three months earlier as its president after a successful career at Home Depot.

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Everyone tries to “lead by example.” But what exactly are you supposed to do to model the best behavior?

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Dan Kenary was in a bind. He co-founded his craft beer company, Harpoon Brewery, with Rich Doyle in 1986, and they always got along well.

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Sean Rad typifies the young, impatient, cocky CEO. The 29-year-old co-founded Tinder, the fast-growing dating app, in 2012.

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Making service calls; Building for the future; Discarding bad habits

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A New York Times reporter had won a Pulitzer Prize and his first book was a best-seller, yet he wondered how some of his peers achieved even more.

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Elizabeth Blackwell, born in Britain and raised in America, was the first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree.

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When Roger Crandall became CEO of MassMutual in early 2010, he had spent 22 years at the life insurance company impressing his managers.

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