Executive Leadership

Within three minutes, Julie Patel sensed something was wrong. She had just launched into her presentation to a group of senior executives at Elan Pharmaceuticals when she detected a drop in their attentiveness level …

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Do a little self-branding … Be aware of your intimidation factor … Know these two things about public speaking.

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Big thinkers have developed a boatload of ideas to help established companies become entrepreneurial. Despite the help, it’s rare to find an established firm that creates radical new markets. What’s required for exploration and colonization often conflicts with what’s needed for consolidation.

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According to Chief Executive magazine’s “Best & Worst States for Business” survey, California is not the place to run one, due to its high taxes and general lack of incentives. #1 on the list? Texas.

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TED’s Jessica Gross has updated the 100 most useful resources you should have at your fingertips, originally compiled by Julius Wiedemann in 2007 and still one of the blog’s most popular talks.

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As the New York Jets’ head coach in the 2011 season, Rex Ryan faced a bruising challenge. With a background as a defensive specialist, he lacked the same familiarity running an offense. As a result, he delegated—a bit too much.

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John Mattone, a Florida-based consultant and author of Intelligent Leadership, says that strong leaders need a strong “inner core” as well as an impressive “outer core.” Many people mistakenly judge the outer core alone.

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Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, calls impatience his “greatest fault,” and it posed particular problems for him early in his career. As an employee of IBM, he learned a lesson in tact that he would never forget.

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At Southwest Airlines, CEO Gary Kelly treats storytelling as a core element in uniting the company’s 46,000 employees. How does he do it?

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Louis van Gaal has been named manager of the world’s most famous soccer team, Manchester United, after the organization quickly fired the man it hired last year to lead the team into the future—this after a quarter century of glory under the revered coach Sir Alex Ferguson.

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