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Executive Leadership

Fostering a culture of innovation is easy if you run a small business with a handful of employees. But at larger organizations, midlevel managers may not en­­courage their support staff to innovate. The solution: Eliminate the “Bozone layer.”

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Eric Greitens became a Navy SEAL by becoming a leader. He figured the best way to start Hell Week would be to pull together a team of seven and keep them together, using the chaos of night to their advantage …

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Employees at SceneTap range in age from 18 to 55, millennials to boomers. The younger set likes social media and is tethered by smartphone. Thirty-somethings prefer email, instant messaging and videoconferencing. Boomers go for phone calls and walking around. To accommodate each communication style, the phone application company tracks who likes what.

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HR people at Google noticed a couple of problems some years back. They used data to solve them both.

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If you stick to your ethics 10 out of 10 times, you won’t regret where you end up. The challenge is in defining for yourself where you stand, and drawing a clear line.

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Hold on to ownership mentality … Always watch as you listen … Be aware that you can be too attractive.

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Even if you’re not particularly demonstrative with your emotions, follow the lead of Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, and look for opportunities to convey gratitude to your team.

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It may be apocryphal, but it is said that at the end of the Revolutionary War, England’s King George III asked an American, Benjamin West, about George Washington’s plans.

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Poor Richard III. After his war-torn bones were found earlier this year in a Leicester car park, the controversial king turned out not to have been quite the deformed viper, toad or hedgehog that Shakespeare called him.

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Bell Labs was among the most innovative scientific organizations of the 20th century. The man at the helm was Mervin Kelly, a physicist who led the laboratory. Follow his lead for inventing the future.

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