Executive Leadership

You’ve probably asked yourself this question. Business cards have been around for at least 500 years, but the issue is why they persist in the digital age.

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“The minute that you have a backup plan, you’ve admitted that you’re not going to succeed,” says Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of Theranos, a health technology company.

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If you define efficiency as doing things right and effectiveness as doing the right things, then efficiency alone won’t suffice. What good is it to complete a task with supreme efficiency if it’s the wrong task?

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Many smart people agree that great habits lead to success, including author Gretchen Rubin. The catch: There’s no one-size-fits-all way to get there.

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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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Corporate financier Rose Marcario worked in various shops, from private equity to tech. She was successful by any measure. But Marcario began to question the meaning of success, leading her to the outfitter Patagonia.

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Oscar Niemeyer, one of the world’s most prominent modern architects, is re­­nowned for his light, airy and fanciful structures. Famous for designing the capital city of Brasília, and for collaborating with Le Corbusier on the United Nations headquarters in New York, Niemeyer was a pioneer who needed to escape the clutches of fascism to continue his work.

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Tech companies could learn about gender diversity from American Express.

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“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head,” said the general and President. “That’s assault, not leadership.”

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Almost immediately upon becoming Chile’s health minister in 2010, Jaime Jose Manalich hit a crisis. Because a massive earthquake had destroyed many hospitals around the country, Manalich raced to restore health care for Chile’s far-flung citizens. Through his leadership, Manalich, 60, rebuilt Chile’s health delivery system under challenging conditions. The former physician made many wise decisions under duress.

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