Executive Leadership

If you’ve ever wondered whether you cave in to higher-ups too easily —
often conscripting your people to do too much work in the process —
look for these warning signs:

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Cut through the fog of innovation by following these five principles to bring new products and services to market:

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We don’t know a whole lot about the modest childhood of Stephen
Decatur, the youngest man to serve as a captain in the fledgling U.S.
Navy. But Decatur had a heck of a mother.

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Lance Armstrong wants you to know that life holds no guarantees.

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Nobody can live — much less lead — from a position of despair. Keep your optimism in shape using these five exercises:

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People can take tough news if you deliver it honestly, appeal to their
nobler sentiments and listen to yourself from their vantage point.

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Has your fast trip to the top given you a slightly enlarged head? Did it leave you isolated? From this moment on, quit relying on what you already know, and start learning what you need to thrive at a higher altitude.

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Humans are not exactly rational creatures, and negotiating ranks among the least rational of our activities. Consider this explanation from researchers Keith Stanovich of the
University of Toronto and Richard West of James Madison University:

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Sometimes, leadership seems downright simple. You plan, and you work the plan. That’s the credo of Augie Bossu, who at age 90 has taken a break as a
football coach at Benedictine High School in Cleveland for the first
time since Eisenhower inhabited the White House.

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Lee Roy “Monk” Davis epitomized the word “striver.” An African-American honors student who became a star on the 1971 high
school football team mythologized in the movie “Remember the Titans,”
Davis earned his place as a starter more through hard work than talent.

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