Petr Hlavacek first heard about the Ice Man’s shoes about six months
after the Stone Age hunter’s body was discovered, partially defrosted
in a glacier in the Alps. That was the moment—15 years ago—when Hlavacek, a Czech professor of shoe technology, turned into a leader.
“Birdman” Tony Hawk became the best skateboarder in the world—with 70
first-place titles and credit for inventing 80 tricks—because he kept
setting higher goals.
It’s natural to make excuses when something goes wrong. But excuses are
addictive. Watch for these warning signs that you’re over-excusing:
Don’t worry that changing your mind will make you look weak … especially if you change your mind in light of new evidence.
Experience shows that you can triumph over the biggest setbacks.
“Hot teams” improvise, do more work with less supervision and make the extra effort to follow through. Management consultant Laurence Haughton offers this advice for turning ordinary groups into hot teams:
Here are 8 guidelines for new ventures:
Alan Greenspan owes a lot of his success to an overriding thirst for knowledge and data.
Sometimes, having your own style can help you build a team. Here are five steps to get there:
Failure stories travel quickly by word of
mouth but almost never make it into formal settings or “knowledge
bases” because people don’t want to look stupid in front of a larger
audience. Even so, they’re a lot more effective in teaching lessons than success
stories … maybe for the same reason that people can’t turn away from