Executive Leadership

Annual reviews have been drawing fire lately. Here’s how to make them better.

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Malcom McLean didn’t like to waste time, but in 1937, he had to spend most of a day waiting for his truckload of cotton to be loaded onto a ship in Hoboken, N.J. It gave him a bold idea. He saw what needed to be done to streamline shipping—but it would take him 20 years to make it happen.

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Leaders master the art of promoting themselves without going overboard. They don’t come right out and boast. Instead, they drop hints and refer to their experiences in an engaging way that prompts two-way conversation.

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How can you hire people with a great attitude? Start by discovering what motivates them. Identify what they value and tailor the job accordingly.

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To keep your people and products in the lead spot, think the way an investor would in scrutinizing the value proposition of your company. Sound hard? It’s easy. Take these three steps.

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Doug Leone channeled his fear and anger into ambition.

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Because introverts and extroverts learn differently, customize your training strategy. A one-size-fits-all approach rarely works for everyone.

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When a technology manager at Goldman Sachs moved to HR, questioning her staff was suddenly labeled as “interrogating.” Why?

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As a young child in northern Sweden, Yngve Bergqvist spent much of his time shoveling snow. Years later, he was so accustomed to snow and ice that he built a thriving business around it. Bergqvist decided to create a hotel made entirely of ice. It seemed crazy, but the concept worked.

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Just one item, says author Greg McKeown on LinkedIn.

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