The “next version of yourself” is not a destination. You’ll never arrive at a point where you’ve perfected yourself. Some thoughts on sustaining your journey, from Mary Jo Asmus:
Ford Motor, led by CEO Alan Mulally, is fighting for American manufacturing with a single strategy: simplify. This One Ford strategy means selling the same model, built the same way, in all markets.
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:
A consultant who was running a daily meeting for 20 employees at an insurance company noticed that he had two ramblers taking his meetings off track. Solution? He brought chocolates into the meeting … and trained the ramblers to stick to the agenda.
In 2005, Gen. David Petraeus understood that the U.S. military’s “seek and destroy” strategy against insurgents in Iraq wasn’t working. So, he rewrote the book … literally. At the heart of his new strategy lie three paradoxes relevant to leaders in all settings who face a formidable challenge (or enemy):
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.
Get it done with virtual assistants: Task services are the new office assistants … Real research shows: When making research-based decisions, how to tell when research is sound? … New paradigm: Science writer James Gleick thinks the basis of the universe isn’t matter or energy, but data.
Growing up, no one considered Harry Truman a leader. He was a kid with thick glasses who mostly stayed home, working the farm or reading. But the course of his life changed when he entered the Army during World War I. One rainy night, he faced a moment of true terror.
Twitter requires a little restraint: first because of the 140-character limit and second because, in the words of a top tweeter, you’ll want to “think before you click.”
One of CEO Joel Manby’s most memorable lessons in leadership came from Miss Pray, his seventh-grade teacher in Battle Creek, Mich. She said, “You have the natural ability to be a great leader, but you are going to have to fix your listening skills or you will be limited in how far you can go.”