Executive Leadership

When the citizens of Richmond,Va., overwhelmingly decided to switch
from a “weak mayor” to a “strong mayor” government and picked former
Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder to run it, he responded by pledging
allegiance to the city and nothing else.

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Don’t fall back on excuses— someone hasn’t returned a call or provided some data you need—for not finishing something.

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Resist the temptation to keep people who hate each other from working together.

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Allow your people to surprise you with their talent and ideas

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Reap the best return from available talent by limiting the number of people you assign to project teams.

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Add a little extra assurance when assigning an important project

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Use e-mail as Bill Gates does: to flatten the hierarchy in your department or organization.

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If work overload sometimes makes you feel as if you might have an adult version of attention deficit disorder (ADD) … you might. A psychiatrist studying this phenomenon calls it attention deficit trait (ADT). Some facts:

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Many historians now agree that the late Pope John Paul II was a powerful force behind the fall of communism.

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In his later years, Winston Churchill napped every afternoon, leaving
these instructions: “Wake me only in the event of a crisis. I define a
crisis to be the armed invasion of the British Isles.” The point: Leaders know the difference between a crisis and a routine setback. Do you?

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