Executive Leadership

You can learn some lessons by applying evolution theories to business:
theories such as the Red Queen Principle and “punctuated equilibrium,”
which offer glimpses into the future.

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Do you worry needlessly? Probably. Here’s an authoritative estimate of what most people worry about:

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After American colonists beat the British on Dec. 26, 1776, in Trenton,
N.J., Gen. George Washington convened his troops and asked them to
re-enlist. On the heels of such a victory, Washington expected a positive
response. But as he stood there and the drum rolled, not a single
soldier stepped forward to sign up for another stint. Washington began to improvise.

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These four tips have helped Microsoft manager Josh Ledgard move on down the road to leadership:

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Bobby Jindal has a leader’s credentials. At 20, he graduated from Brown
University. At 24, he headed Louisiana’s health department. Now, at 33,
he’s only the second Indian-American ever to be elected to Congress. So, what can you learn from Bobby Jindal? Just this: He gets things done.

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When Eli Lilly & Co. was about to lose its patent protection on
Prozac back in 2001, the drug manufacturer formed InnoCentive, a
subsidiary whose purpose was to visit university and independent
laboratories in search of new products. The result?

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You may have a hefty to-do list, but each item on it should support one
of three—and only three—work priorities that you’ve set, says Chuck
Martin, head of NFI Research.

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Below, we list the nine key qualities people seek most in a leader, as research shows. Which qualities do you own?

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Take a lesson in clear, concise communication from Gen. Ulysses S.
Grant’s last letters to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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To show the power of action, motivational speaker Jack Canfield will hold up a $100 bill during his seminars. “Who wants this $100 bill?” he’ll ask.

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