Executive Leadership

A survey for a forthcoming book, Business at the Speed of Molasses,
found that people feel more motivation, energy and enthusiasm if they
think their employer’s core values are “crucial and part of everything
we do.” Here are 9 questions to test the strength of your team’s belief in your organization’s core values:

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Duke University’s legendary basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski, mixes
traditional male coaching approaches with a feminine style he calls
“releasing your inner woman.”

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Realize more of your ambitions by attacking them with this conviction:

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Help your people understand the complexities of an issue

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Stay focused on key initiatives by identifying between three and five battles that are critical to your success right now.

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Hot-wire your performance— and set a good example for your people along the way

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Despite his success, Bill Gates says he never feels safe from competitors. In fact, he still loses sleep at night.

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Driven by curiosity and enthusiasm for life, Hans Christian Oersted
discovered electromagnetism and invented the first artificial aluminum.
A satellite bearing his name now circles the globe mapping magnetic
fields, and units of magnetic strength are called oersteds. The Danish philosopher, physicist and chemist earned a reputation
within his lifetime for credible science and good judgment. But along
the way, he learned a hard lesson: Don’t promise more than you can
deliver.

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You don’t have to follow a “normal” path to career success. Few truly successful people do. Take Miriam Rothschild, world expert on fleas, who grew up with no
formal education in a Doctor Doolittle environment created by her
father, banker Charles Rothschild.

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Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs gave a masterful commencement
speech at Stanford University in 2005 that’s been winging around the
Internet. Here are the highlights from Jobs’ three stories:

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