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Executive Leadership

Private conversations alone can’t mobilize your people to execute a strategy. To initiate a conversation that matters, make sure it covers these bases:

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It wasn’t Babe Ruth’s ghost that the Boston Red Sox had to overcome. It was the curse of bad management.

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Every leader absorbs important lessons that propel him or her from follower to leader. Here are nuggets of wisdom that several celebrities say helped them reach the top:

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Last week, your right-hand person lost a million-dollar account, apparently because he failed to follow up after a customer complained. Do you forgive him or show him the door?

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Thomas Edison wanted smart, practical men to help run his empire of inventiveness. (As far as we know, he never hired a woman.) So, he devised a test to measure each applicant’s breadth of reading and knowledge.

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“Winnie the Pooh” creator A. A. Milne also wrote serious works of fiction. Yet, his greatest success came from the Pooh books he wrote for his son. Milne considered himself a failure because he didn’t achieve fame the way he wanted.

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Richard Fairbank was one of those people who saw beyond the conventional wisdom to an approach that not only built a new business, but a new way of doing business.

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The 9/11 Commission’s report on how the United States could have prevented the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon represents a masterpiece in organized thinking.

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Here are a few highlights from an ABC News Web poll asking readers for the worst thing a boss ever told them.

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Paul DePodesta’s brain processes information statistically, so when he left Harvard in 1996 with an economics degree and landed an internship with the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team, he’d already run the numbers for every baseball team in the 20th century.

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