In 1998, an unknown filmmaker named Lance Weiler rocked the stodgy movie business. His low-budget horror film, The Last Broadcast, cost $900 and grossed around $5 million. Weiler applied entrepreneurial skills to produce and market his movie.
As a top executive at Dow Corning, Carol Pudnos wanted to improve the customer experience. So she studied how they interacted with Dow Corning every step of the way—and it changed everything.
In August 2014, Steve Ballmer purchased the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team for $2 billion. A few days later, Ballmer introduced himself to fans by delivering a 13-minute over-the-top speech. He acted more like a passionate cheerleader than a corporate billionaire.
Stephen Crane’s circa-1900 short story, The Open Boat, offers a narrative about the importance of caring leadership.
Have you ever worked with someone who was a manager but not a leader? Ever worked with someone who couldn’t make a decision?
“I never did give anybody hell,” Truman once said. “I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.”
Instead of canceling appointments, or getting out of a meeting, an awkward conversation or doing a favor, brace yourself to refuse them up front. Here’s how Ringo Starr did it.
When the 29-year-old Howard Schultz first tasted a cup of Starbucks coffee, he couldn’t believe it. “I went outside whispering to myself, ‘Oh my gosh, what a wonderful business, what a wonderful city! I want to be a part of this,’” recalls Schultz, now the longtime CEO of Starbucks. He begged the founders for a job; at the time, Starbucks only consisted of a few Seattle stores …
Take defeat graciously … Don’t toil too much … Winning is what it’s all about.
In early 2011, Ofra Strauss was enjoying life at the top. She ran Israeli food maker Strauss Group, a global company with revenues of $1.8 billion. But then an unemployed young man started criticizing the company on Facebook for pricing its chocolates too high …