Executive Leadership

As a U.S. Army Reserve Special Forces officer, Chad Storlie learned from great leaders while serving in Iraq and Bosnia. He has applied those lessons to his corporate career as a sales and marketing executive for General Electric and Comcast.

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Projects are too important to not finish them, and as a leader, you can influence how and when projects end and make the ending strong.

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They may look just like any other of the 1,600 Panera locations, but five Panera Cares cafés don’t use price lists or cash registers. After three years, this pioneering effort—the first time a major U.S. corporation has put resources behind making pay-what-you-can work—is surviving.

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While everyone has been using Facebook and Twitter, it seems, Google+ has been gaining ground. Here’s a basic primer on getting around Google+.

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Entrepreneur Yuri Milner is the man behind the Breakthrough Prize, which bequeaths top scientists with large cash awards—not just to fund their research, but for any purpose they see fit.

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During nearly 5½ years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, Lee Ellis relied on his sense of humor to keep him going. But it took his first three months in captivity for him to recapture his ability to laugh. Then 24, Ellis recalls the first time he flashed his humor as a POW.

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Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, likes to introduce himself as the com­pany’s customer service representative. He’s part joking, but his point is clear. By focusing on serving customers, Newmark preserves his brand.

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Your body language can work for or against you. By striking a pose that makes you look confident, you actually gain confidence. Adopting a “power pose” may even enhance your performance.

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Everybody seems to hate them, but performance reviews have been around since at least the Wei Dynasty in third-century China, which used an “imperial rater.” Yet at least one firm has gone ahead and ditched them.

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Kat Cole … Hubert Joly … Jonah Peretti. These are some of the 25 names you need to know if you’re serious about getting in step with today’s thought leaders in business.

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