Executive Leadership

One tool Lakshmi Narayanan has used to build teamwork is an affair called “annual day,” in which top performers come onstage and receive a trophy, often presented by a customer.

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Max Levchin runs HVF, a company he founded in 2012 to invest in promising technology startups. Levchin, 39, previously co-founded the company that became PayPal. He has a net worth of $300 million. Thanks to an em­­ployee survey, Levchin learned that his workforce viewed him as in­­accessible. They wanted more opportunities to chat with him during the day …

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Over the past few years, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has revolutionized the concept of management. But it’s an open question whether his most recent moves are for better or worse.

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For professional growth, Twitter is a game-changer. Creating an effective profile is one of the best things you’ll do. Here are 10 tips.

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Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and tech leader of his time, set sail for Scotland after attending the first shareholders meeting of the Bell ­Telephone Co., still unincorporated and without capitalization as it cranked out 25 new phones per day …

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In 2008, Methodist Hospitals was struggling. Based in Gary, Ind., Methodist had weathered five years of instability after a series of CEOs. Ian McFadden became the latest CEO in September 2008. An experienced turn­­­­­around expert, he knew how to proceed.

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Eric Tveter doesn’t crave the spotlight. But the CEO of UPC Cablecom, a Swiss cable company, knows that public speaking and media appearances come with the job. “I am not a natural orator, and am more introverted than extroverted,” he says. But his low-key, conversational delivery actually makes him more authentic and likable.

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Avoid these time-sapping mistakes when scanning incoming emails.

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One of the healthiest signs of a strong organizational culture involves employees’ attitudes. Do they confront challenges with gusto? Or do they seem defeated from the start? When employees exhibit these four attitudes, it’s usually a good sign of a “yes we can” culture.

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Take your next step using David Allen’s two-minute rule … Reconsider voice mail … Exercise gratitude.

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