Many people associate Billie Jean King with the overhyped “Battle of
the Sexes” tennis match she won in 1973 against Bobby Riggs, who’d
proclaimed himself the world’s biggest “male chauvinist pig.” What most people don’t realize is that, in an era when women athletes
were treated like ornaments or freaks, King almost single-handedly
forced the U.S. Tennis Association and tennis promoters to pay
them on a par with their male counterparts.
Effective leaders are steady and unperturbed by daily frustrations.
They have what students of Zen Buddhism call an “unmoving mind.”
Never enter a high-stakes negotiation without what negotiating expert Kathleen Kelley Reardon calls BATNA: Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement.
Measure yourself against the following traits:
During the Civil War, Confederate Col. John S. Mosby used aggressiveness and surprise to keep Union troops off balance.
Executive misconduct costs organizations an average of $900,000 a year:
more than six times the cost of manager misbehavior. Harassment and
other gender-related misconduct lead the list. So, what do you do?
Nobody talks about it, and it’s against the rules of virtually every
employer, yet the practice thrives: It’s called making “homers”: items
or work produced on company time for personal use. Harvard Business School assistant professor Michel Anteby has explored
the practice by interviewing retired French metalworkers. He found that
leaders of all stripes—managers, supervisors, executives—know about
homer-making, and most ignore it. But why?
Assess the bottom line and culture of your organization to keep it
healthy. Here are the questions you’ll need to answer and the steps
you’ll take, divided into four key parts:
During the poisoned-Tylenol crisis of 1982, Johnson & Johnson
incurred a vast financial loss by asking stores to destroy their
Tylenol inventories. Compare J & J’s response to that of Johns-Manville Corp., which
refused for years to admit that the asbestos it produced was killing
agencies and the United Nations are flooded with donations to help the
victims of natural disasters, but none has a quick way—an army, say—to
deliver the supplies to where they belong.
Solution: The folks who brought you overnight shipping.