Executive Leadership

The constant push to add new projects can stymie your team’s success. Adopting a less-is-more philosophy can free up time for those high-priority tasks that merit the most attention.

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In 1991, Jerry Sternin headed to Vietnam. His goal: to fight child malnutrition in poor villages. Sternin isolated the few people who were modeling problem-solving behavior when most were following negative patterns. He thus dis­­covered what the “positive deviants” did to produce such superior results.

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When Frank Battiston, a Microsoft Canada executive, meets with managers to discuss succession planning, his focus might surprise you.

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The best public speakers foster so much goodwill with their audience that even if something mortifying happens, they can recover. Just ask Joey Asher.

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After two decades as a football coach, Chip Kelly unearthed an in­­teresting insight about recruiting players for the NFL: The teams with the most college graduates tend to outperform their rivals…

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When people band together to achieve an ambitious goal, it can heighten everyone’s sense of camaraderie. That’s what happened in Seattle in the lead-up to the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win in 2014.

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It would be easy to explain NBA start Kevin Durant’s greatness as a combination of athleticism and practice. But what else has played a huge part?

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Papa John’s founder John Schnatter started a gutter-painting company when he was 12 years old at the home of his grandfather and mentor. A decade later, he launched what would become the nation’s third-largest pizza chain.

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During Alyson Pitman Giles’ 13 years at the helm of Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H., the hospital’s finances reversed course. By the time she left in 2012, its operating margin exceeded $3 million. But her success did not come without turmoil.

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A CEO cannot play referee to resolve every internal dispute. But leaders need a strategy to address employee complaints about each other.

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