Executive Leadership

Innovation usually starts with the seed of a simple idea. The challenge is to nurture that seed and let it grow into a product or service—without over­­complicating its initial simplicity.

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Online discounter Groupon issued a money-saving deal last week honoring Alexander Hamilton, whom the promotion called “one of our greatest presidents.”

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Known as “the Wizard” for his showmanship, inventor Nikola Tesla, one of America’s first celebrity scientists at the turn of the 20th century, relied on rigorous thinking as well as imagination to perfect his inventions.

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Executives need to understand five key aspects of social media.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield describes the careful planning he used to become the space station’s commander—the forward thinking summed up in this mantra for pilots: “What’s the next thing that’s going to kill me?”

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Your success as a leader largely depends on knowing which decisions to delegate and which ones to make yourself. There are three types of decisions that only you—as the leader—must make.

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During Facebook’s meteoric rise from startup to global giant, founder Mark Zuckerberg sought to preserve the company’s innovative culture. He achieved this by embracing what he calls “The Hacker Way.”

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Imagine getting kicked out of not one but two rock bands that both went on to become icons of their era. That’s exactly what happened to Jason Everman, once the second guitarist for Nirvana. Eventually, he became an elite member of the U.S. Army Rangers and Special Forces.

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For many leaders, motivation means pumping people up to achieve a big goal within a tight time frame. Lorne Michaels, creator of “Saturday Night Live,” and his team face a hard deadline every six days.

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When asked who his role model is during a recent AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on reddit.com, this is how Bill Gates replied.

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