Executive Leadership

Keep up with important business and world events while at work.

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Organize your meeting preparation with three folders:

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When Henry Ford announced Five-Dollar Day in 1914, it created a
sensation. Overnight, the Ford Motor Co. would double the standard wage
of automobile workers. Why did Ford — remembered for assembly-line automation, not employee empathy — create a new wage standard? Two basic reasons:

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Increase someone’s productivity by as much as 20 percent.

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As a child, Potter Palmer worked at his father’s dry goods store in a
New York village, learning to set up displays and chat up customers. He
loved to sell. He dreamed big. Palmer struck out for Chicago with a $3,000 family loan. This was his chance. To take advantage of it, Palmer tried strange new things:

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If leaders are measured by what they accomplish, here’s what kind of leader Jody Williams is:

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Joe Horn, who co-founded Horn & Hardart automats in New York and
Philadelphia, followed a simple philosophy that kept his restaurants
full during the bleak Depression years: “Give people the highest
possible quality at the lowest possible price.”

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What do Sean “Puffy” Combs, Bill Clinton, Britney Spears, Tiger Woods and Condoleezza Rice all have in common? Ambition.

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Some chalk it up to good fortune, but Margaret Thatcher’s success as England’s prime minister was not due to Lady Luck at all.

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In the midst of the McMansion boom, along comes a tiny little house that creates a whole new market.

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