Executive Leadership

The career of Booker T. Washington began with two basic desires: an education and the means to get it. From there, all his later ideas about financial success — many of them a century ahead of their time — flowed.

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As a boy, college basketball coaching legend John Wooden learned a leadership lesson from his father:

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When you foresee making widespread changes in the organization, pin down the specifics by asking:

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It reached fever pitch during the dot-com boom, but it’s still true:
Whatever advantage you have, someone will take it. So, keep moving …
fast.

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Leaders pick the actions or qualities they will reward. In a notably
volatile business — software development — Russ Griffith rewarded
longevity.

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Sadly, about half of all managers say they don’t trust their leaders. Luckily, you can create and even rebuild trust. These 10 factors help people decide whether to trust you:

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Finding a good workplace adviser is just one ingredient in the fine art of taking advice. The following three principles seem like common sense, but people neglect them surprisingly often when engaging an adviser:

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When the Allies decided on a North African campaign in 1942, U.S. Maj. Gen. Mark Clark denounced it as a terrible strategy. The Americans were still mobilizing for war and considered any action
away from Europe a waste of time. Now, they were being asked to take on
Erwin Rommel, “the Desert Fox,” and Clark was put in charge.

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Open yourself to new ideas by telling friends and colleagues about your next big project

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Determine whether you or your organization is doing enough to retain
good people by asking these two questions about each person:

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