Executive Leadership

Ovid, the Roman poet and philosopher who lived from 43 BC until 17 AD, wrote Metamorphoses, probably the first great treatise on mastering change.

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Nowadays, when you hear about celebrities turning themselves into brands, it’s nothing special. In 1925, it was.

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When she took charge of Camp Lejeune, N.C., a year ago, Marine Col.
Adele Hodges knew she had to acknowledge that she was the first woman
and the first African- American to command the base of expeditionary
forces.

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Few documents have proven as durable as the U.S. Constitution. Although
some television documentaries would like us to believe that Thomas
Jefferson and his peers conceived it in a flash of inspiration, they
didn’t.

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You sometimes can succeed in business by avoiding competition and
swimming for “blue oceans”: new areas of endeavor where competitors are
scarce.

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The more thorough you are, the less desperate you will be.

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When you’re veering toward thinking that you have to be all things to
all people, remember this: Robin Williams is an average bicyclist.

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Nissan and Renault have something that most companies don’t, thanks to
their leader, Carlos Ghosn. It’s not a merger or a joint venture.
Instead, it’s a tight relationship that still allows each company to
remain independent.

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Danica Patrick just wants to win. The Indy driver burst onto the scene
in 2005, when, as a rookie, she placed fourth at the Indianapolis 500.

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Like most of us, Reinhold Messner’s career has traversed several
stages. Unlike most of us, he has led the world in at least two of
those stages.

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