Executive Leadership

That simple formula is the key to success and happiness.

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Minutes after Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in March 2013, he showed his humility. Meeting other cardinals as pope for the first time, he chose not to stand on a platform that would force him to lord over his former peers…

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In 2008, Jason Bosch launched a business called Origin Fruit Direct. A native of South Africa, Bosch wanted to import fruit into China. Today, his company is thriving and has expanded its China operations. That’s partly because Bosch has adjusted his leadership and negotiating style to fit the Chinese culture.

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When Doug Conant joined Campbell Soup Co. in 2001 as CEO, cheaper brands threatened the company’s future. Conant’s predecessor had raised prices, alienating many Campbell fans. Almost immediately, Conant detected a serious problem: morale.

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Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant believes you can count on “three fingers, maybe” the number of NBA players in the game now who burn with the same intensity he does. Identifying kindred spirits is a pastime of his.

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Bruce Lee died in 1973 at age 32. In his short life, he thrived as an action film star, martial artist, screenwriter, movie director and ­philosopher. To operate at peak efficiency, Lee liked to “hack away at the unessential.”

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It only takes a second to lose the ball and lose the game. Here are the five signs.

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Besieged by information overload, executives often struggle to maintain their focus. This leads them to find ways to concentrate better so they can achieve creative breakthroughs.

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Founded in 1927, Maple Leaf Foods enjoyed a long run of success as a Canadian food processing company. But in 2008, some of the firm’s luncheon meats proved deadly. Due to a contaminated Maple Leaf plant in Toronto, a Listeria bacteria outbreak claimed 21 lives. CEO Michael McCain suddenly faced a huge crisis.

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Many baby boomers are delaying retirement. Some need the cash, but many love their work and don’t want to let go. So why should they reconsider?

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