Executive Leadership

The impact of U.S. CEOs has increased over time. Here are the numbers.

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To lift an employee’s performance, you can bark do-this, do-that commands. But you’ll make a more positive impact by helping people discover for themselves how to improve. Use adult learning theory to guide your coaching. Here’s how:

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Throughout his years in the financial services industry, Graham Coxell of brokerage firm Rowan Dartington has witnessed good and bad leadership. His conclusion? It’s better to seek to understand others than berate them.

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The king of France unveiled a spectacular new machine in 1370. It was the first public clock in Paris, and the king saw its potential. He issued a decree that all clocks in the city were to be synchronized with this royal clock. He created what the Germans call a zeitgeber, or time giver for life. Not much has changed, in that external rhythms can dictate how we operate.

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Many senior executives think they can spot key influencers. But they are often wrong, survey results show. Use a snowball sampling to find out who those people really are.

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Three points of advice from Dal LaMagna, the guy who launched more than a dozen businesses, sold Tweezerman to Henckels and now is CEO of countertop manufacturer IceStone.

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Want to increase your visibility as a thought leader? A simple, low-cost way to gain influence on a global scale is to start a blog.

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Asked for the best advice he ever got, business magnate and financier T. Boone Pickens credits his grandma with counseling him to take the rap for his own failures.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk had recently given shareholders a heads-up that he might be planning something risky. What followed was a statement that the company will be very lenient with others who wish to use its patented electric car technologies.

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In November 1942, Col. Curtis LeMay delivered a briefing to his World War II bomber pilots. He told them they would fly directly toward the target, maximizing the risk of German anti-aircraft fire. LeMay revealed that he would fly the lead bomber, and his willingness to make himself a focal point for enemy fire inspired the squadron.

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