Executive Leadership

Keep current on technology and cutting-edge business ideas by spending some time with younger staff members.

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Most of us think that happiness is a passive mental state.

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Separate yourself from one high-stress task to focus on the next

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Build your reputation as a leader by taking the first step.

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Stay ahead of the competition by discarding the old rule of success

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Expose potentially disruptive team behavior by watching how prospective team members play

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Help your people escape from job stressors by moving problem-solving conversations from the person’s work area to yours.

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These days, “nice”
is a leadership tool, especially in light of Enron-style accounting,
vanishing pensions, quarter-billion-dollar executive pay packages and
bloggers eager to report what it’s like to work at your organization. “Positive energy is the Holy Grail of business right now,” notes University of Michigan professor Kim Cameron.

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Confederate Motorcycles founder Matt Chambers builds minimalist,
high-tech motorcycles that sell for more than $55,000 and look like
carbon-fiber robots. Here’s the manifesto-like mission statement Chambers wrote to whip his
employees into a fanatical state of mind about his products:

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Years ago, the head of a big accounting firm hired an executive coach on his own dime. He wanted the arrangement kept secret. When the coach told the executive that their work might take awhile, the exec wanted to know what that meant. Two weeks? The coach smiled.

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