Executive Leadership

Here’s how to lead your superstars so that everybody’s happy:

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Hewlett-Packard’s ex-chief Patricia Dunn needed one thing before she
approved a surveillance program based on lying to obtain the phone
records of HP board members and journalists: perspective.

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Homer’s Odyssey tells us that Penelope used procrastination to meet an important goal.

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Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage confronts many of the same issues as
other successful people in midcareer. See if his observations resemble
yours:

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Will customers benefit from your obsession with details? You bet.

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You can call Staff Sgt. Stacy Pearsall a leader for a couple of reasons.

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At just 18 years old, Anna “Rosie” Napravnik ranks fifth among all
jockeys in wins. Her mounts snagged more than $3.5 million in purses in
2006, and Napravnik earned 10 percent of that.

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Milton Glaser is a leader in the visual arts who communicates in
deceptively simple ways. His “I [heart] New York” design, for example,
took root over the years and then rose to a whole new level of meaning
after Sept. 11.

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It’s hard enough staying close to customers, but who would want to cozy up to their enemies?

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Even after President Richard Nixon’s historic arrival in mainland China
in 1972, he wasn’t certain that he’d meet Communist Party Chairman Mao
Tse-tung. The Chinese leader was seriously ill, and Nixon had received
no invitation in advance.

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