Executive Leadership

The 20th century guru of self-help, Dale Carnegie, followed his own recipe for success, becoming a crisp speaker, confronting fear and learning what people want. Here’s how he put it:

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No one thinks of Applebee’s, the restaurant chain, as a purveyor of fine dining. So Julia Stewart, CEO of parent company Dine Equity, sees Applebee’s for what it is.

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Leaders cannot talk their way out of a deteriorating business. To reverse course, take bold steps. Bob Flexon became Dynegy’s CEO in July 2011; four months later, the energy company filed for bankruptcy. To boost morale, Flexon unveiled a series of dramatic changes.

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Blogger Amy Morin has put together a wildly popular post covering 13 things about mentally strong people. Here’s a quick rundown.

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Next time you rue one of the coulda­­shouldawoulda missteps every leader inevitably makes, know that your fumble can’t possibly be worse than these three, recently rated the biggest business goofs of all time by Business­­Insider.com.

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The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, has a new boss. Doug McMillon, an Arkansas native and head of the company’s international division, takes over this month from retiring CEO Mike Duke, who has been at the helm for five years and will remain on the board.

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The March 14 episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank” featured a 15-year-old’s concept for a water bottle that allows raw fruit to infuse its contents.

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Women now own 40% of American businesses. These 8 million firms are growing at twice the rate of businesses as a whole.

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Within a week of Kevin Johnson becoming CEO of Juniper Networks in 2008, he met with all his direct reports in a group. He told them he wanted to listen and learn, so he asked four questions.

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To help your team make a big decision, resist the urge to give your opinion or promote one side over the other. It’s ­better to play the role of debate ­moder­ator.

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