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Executive Leadership

As Philadelphia Eagles fans “welcomed” him with a lusty chorus of boos, newly drafted quarterback Donovan McNabb must have questioned his debut to the National Football League. “I hadn’t even taken a snap and they were on me,” says the Eagles top draft pick of 2000, whose selection die-hard Eagles fans, um, disagreed with.

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When the citizens of Richmond,Va., overwhelmingly decided to switch from a “weak mayor” to a “strong mayor” government and picked former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder to run it, he responded by pledging allegiance to the city and nothing else.

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Don’t fall back on excuses— someone hasn’t returned a call or provided some data you need—for not finishing something.

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Resist the temptation to keep people who hate each other from working together.

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Allow your people to surprise you with their talent and ideas

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Reap the best return from available talent by limiting the number of people you assign to project teams.

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Add a little extra assurance when assigning an important project

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Use e-mail as Bill Gates does: to flatten the hierarchy in your department or organization.

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If work overload sometimes makes you feel as if you might have an adult version of attention deficit disorder (ADD) … you might. A psychiatrist studying this phenomenon calls it attention deficit trait (ADT). Some facts:

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Many historians now agree that the late Pope John Paul II was a powerful force behind the fall of communism.

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