Executive Leadership

Fight the urge to act for action’s sake … Learn a lesson from the unusual practice of blessing smartphones … Prod, poke, advocate.

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The Associated Press placed Babe Didrikson Zaharias in the top 10 athletes of the 20th century. “The formula for success is simple,” she said. “Practice and concentration, then more practice and more concentration.”

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Team-building exercises seem to be falling out of favor, yet several college basketball programs have turned to Navy SEAL-inspired regimens they hope will steel players for a run at the Final Four.

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As you near a deadline to close a sale, negotiate a deal or make a big decision, the inexorable push to complete it can undermine your judgment. So how do you stay focused and logical?

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To market his professional soccer club, Merritt Paulson tried something different. The owner of the Portland Timbers, a Major League Soccer team, decided to advertise in an understated, fan-friendly manner.

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Steve Reinemund, Pepsi’s former CEO, recalls an incident in which his counterpart at Coca-Cola called out of the blue. Coke’s CEO thanked Reinemund for his actions, but Reinemund had no idea what that meant…

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With the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington beat the media establishment by creating a world in which everything is interesting and nothing is durable. The site is built on thousands of blogs, all unpaid. “HuffPo” also is particularly adept at outsmarting competitors.

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For Brian Walker, leadership and inspiration go hand in hand. The CEO of Herman Miller wants the company’s roughly 5,700 employees to love their jobs, so he reminds his staff that the company’s goal is “to create a better world around you.”

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Nothing is what happens when you go through the motions instead of digging into social media to advance the goals of your organization.

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Pressed to the limits by his workload, Stephen Shapiro analyzed all the activities on his plate and found only a small percentage of them truly mattered. Within two weeks, he had re­­duced his weekly work hours from 110 to 20. What can be learned from this speaker and consultant’s example?

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