Executive Leadership

Eric Tveter doesn’t crave the spotlight. But the CEO of UPC Cablecom, a Swiss cable company, knows that public speaking and media appearances come with the job. “I am not a natural orator, and am more introverted than extroverted,” he says. But his low-key, conversational delivery actually makes him more authentic and likable.

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Avoid these time-sapping mistakes when scanning incoming emails.

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One of the healthiest signs of a strong organizational culture involves employees’ attitudes. Do they confront challenges with gusto? Or do they seem defeated from the start? When employees exhibit these four attitudes, it’s usually a good sign of a “yes we can” culture.

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Take your next step using David Allen’s two-minute rule … Reconsider voice mail … Exercise gratitude.

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Because of Big Data, the leadership industry is in decline. Today, business is driven by “quants” who excel at extracting data or producing algorithms that can automate work, but are not so good at putting numbers into words.

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Experts often emphasize the importance of making work fun. While it’s true that leaders who enjoy themselves tend to exhibit more passion, there’s no guarantee that having fun goes hand-in-hand with success. Just ask Herb Greenberg.

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As Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk delivered a presentation in May about the company’s new battery system. For 20 minutes, he spoke with an authenticity and enthusiasm that set him apart staid auto executives. What differentiated his speech?

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The Dalai Lama offers surprising advice for leaders who worry about becoming too self-centered. His Holiness actually doesn’t see self-regard as entirely bad. “We need to be somewhat self-­centered in order to succeed in life,” he says.

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John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design until 2013 and now a partner with Kleiner Perkins, offers tips on keeping your edge.

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What’s the single most important skill that a leader needs to run a big organization? Empathy. At least that’s what Jeremy Darroch thinks. He’s the CEO of Sky, a London-based satellite broadcasting and media company.

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