Executive Leadership

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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When you occupy the dark-horse position, how can you beat the front-runner? Be quiet, consistent and stick to your message. That’s exactly how Woodrow Wilson won the 1918 Democratic presidential nomination.

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Here’s a lesson from John F. Kennedy on how to press on through the din of detractors:

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Marie Curie overcame gender bias, poor working conditions, scandal—
even a World War—to become one of the most important scientists of the
20th century. Here are a few lessons to take from her struggle:

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We’ve all done it: One of your prime people has tentatively accepted another job, so you make a higher counteroffer. Recent research indicates that you might be wasting your time … and money. “Such initiatives rarely are successful,” says management consulting
firm Accenture. Prevent people from wanting to leave in the first place by applying these tactics:

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