Executive Leadership

The most motivated employees will respond by describing their overriding goal to make a life-changing impact on others.

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“Self-awareness,” is what entrepreneur Joel Trammell says is the most important skill a CEO needs. “It’s hard to get authentic information from your employees. CEOs are constantly worried that they’re not hearing the full story.”

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Curiosity is free, it’s a mindset you can de­­velop, and it’s the perfect antidote to uncertainty, says executive coach Sue Bethanis.

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In July 1945, 25-year-old Don Hornig babysat the atomic bomb. It was a nerve-wracking task, but he kept his cool. On the day before its first full-scale test, he and Robert Oppenheimer worried that lightning over the New Mexico desert might accidentally trigger the bomb prototype…

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Prioritizing your workday is easy when your job consists of a small handful of tasks. But for most of us, dozens of pressing issues jockey for our attention. Step back and assess what matters most. Treat your time as a finite resource and allocate every hour wisely.

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Maybe the only reason Travis Kalanick’s luxury ride service, Uber, is still in business comes down to guts.

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During his weekly TED Radio Hour, Guy Raz curates the best TED Talks on new ideas and inventions, highlighting key moments from each talk and further interviewing the expert who gave it. In July, Raz examined disruptive leadership.

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During nearly 5½ years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, Lee Ellis relied on his sense of humor to keep him going. But it took his first three months in captivity for him to recapture his ability to laugh. Then 24, Ellis recalls the first time he flashed his humor as a POW.

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About 10 years ago, Jim McCann sent a memo to his technology staff. He wrote about corporate news and some online strategies for the business he founded, 1-800-Flowers.com. Minutes after emailing his memo, he noticed that one of the recipients had already replied. Opening the email, McCann was surprised to see that a newly hired tech employee had sent the memo back to the CEO with reams of corrections…

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At Zingerman’s Roadhouse, a popular Michigan restaurant, the weekly sales figures are not a big secret. All 50 em­­ployees gather to discuss the results—and brainstorm on how they can help each other exceed those numbers in the week ahead.

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