Executive Leadership

When the Allies decided on a North African campaign in 1942, U.S. Maj. Gen. Mark Clark denounced it as a terrible strategy. The Americans were still mobilizing for war and considered any action
away from Europe a waste of time. Now, they were being asked to take on
Erwin Rommel, “the Desert Fox,” and Clark was put in charge.

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Open yourself to new ideas by telling friends and colleagues about your next big project

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Determine whether you or your organization is doing enough to retain
good people by asking these two questions about each person:

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Unravel creative blocks by looking back at past ideas.

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Break in newcomers by assigning inward-facing activities

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University of Southern California (USC) football coach Pete Carroll is
under no delusions about the tenuous nature of his job. As well as he’s
done at USC — winning consecutive national championships and producing
two Heisman Trophy winners — he knows he’s just a few losing seasons
away from unemployment.

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If you read current books on leadership, you might believe that personality is the greatest determinant of leadership success. Only a few decades ago, though, that belief would’ve been viewed as flawed, self-centered and wrong.

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Safeguard your image by eschewing complaints about your health problems.

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Heed this wisdom

by Executive Leadership on November 1, 2006 6:30am

in Leaders & Managers

Heed this wisdom from EDS Chairman and CEO Dick Brown:

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Encourage creativity by instructing people to toss aside your instructions

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