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Executive Leadership

“Workaholic,” coined by the American psychologist Wayne Oates, reflected the man’s own addiction to work. But do workaholics really exist? There’s still no medical definition. Look for these signs.

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Washington Redskins owner and marketing executive Daniel Snyder is used to getting grief about the name of his football team, which many consider offensive.

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Yale University researcher Marc Brackett and his team have identified five key skills—what he calls the RULER approach—that sharpen emotional intelligence.

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Some see a project’s fruition as the end. Not leaders—including Henry Ford.

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Masao Yoshida was chief manager at Fukushima Daiichi power plant for only nine months when a 42-foot tsunami hit the plant two years ago, knocking out cooling systems for its six reactors. His story reflects the best any of us could do as leaders in crisis.

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When Jeffrey Ashby, a former NASA space shuttle commander, learned in 2002 that he would lead a mission to the International Space Station, NASA had already picked his crew. To bond as a team, Ashby asked the crew to join him in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park for an 11-day trek, which paid off when they went into space.

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Dan Ariely, a psychology professor at Duke University, remembers the first time he was hired by attorneys to serve as an expert witness in a court case. A big law firm sought his help to explain its client’s behavior …

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Making a bad decision is bad enough. Just don’t dig yourself into a deeper hole. You’ll save time and headaches by avoiding what experts call “the escalation trap”—escalating your level of commitment to a lost cause.

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After decades at the top, some executives lose their bearings and come across as imperious. When you’re compensated well to run a large organization, as Gordon Gee was, it’s even more important to watch what you say.

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Apps for smartphones and tablets are making business easier. But wading through thousands of them? Not so much. Jeffrey Hayzlett, consultant and former chief marketing officer at Kodak, picks these 10.

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