Executive Leadership

Put hot new business trends to the test by asking people to describe the benefits they receive from the latest business idea.

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Test the value of your training programs by asking trainees what actions they’ve taken because of what they learned.

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Energize your people, not by expecting them to love everything they do
on their jobs, but by finding one or two responsibilities they are
wildly enthusiastic about.

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Beat dips in your productivity by bringing in people with enthusiasm

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Here’s another reminder that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to succeed:

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Any leader placed in charge of other leaders knows that it takes more
than the usual rewards to motivate these movers and shakers. Jeswald Salacuse, author of Leading Leaders, notes that motivating leaders is a lot like shopping for people who have everything:

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If your résumé is a bit mossy, it may be because you’re not quite the
rolling stone you once were … and you’re ready for a big move up. That means you’ll need a new résumé not just an update with two-line bullet points. Here’s how to draw up an executive- level résumé:

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Here’s a winning formula from a turnaround specialist: Stick to what you are. Nobody wants a Mattel pacemaker or Ford frozen pizzas.

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When Kevin Tsujihara took over Warner Brothers’ Home Entertainment
Group last October, he stepped into a cauldron of warring divisions
with disparate initiatives that included home video, digital
distribution, video games, technical operations and anti-piracy efforts.

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Even in the shadow of the U.S. soccer team’s collapse in this year’s
World Cup, coach Bruce Arena speaks with calm assurance. “One day, when we get it right and become the best,” he says, it will be because “we did it our way, no one else’s way.” In that statement alone, you can see why Arena is a leader.

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