Executive Leadership

Back in 2003, St. Louis Cardinals baseball manager Tony La Russa
experienced a leadership gaffe that gave him insomnia for weeks
afterward. The situation: Cardinals veteran Jeff Fassero on the mound, bases loaded and Red Sox slugger Nomar Garciaparra at the plate.

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Identify future leaders by delegating the kind of work they will have to tackle years from now.

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Jack Stack, the guy who invented a form of open-book management called
the Great Game of Business, says you can go too far in trying to light
a fire under people. He pleads guilty.

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Run down this Marine Corps recruiting checklist to make sure you’re
doing everything you can to attract and keep the best people:

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Actor Paul Newman attributes his success to luck: the luck of having genes that gave him smarts, strong bones and good looks. But while that kind of luck may have helped him in his early days as an
actor after graduating “magna cum lager” from college, his later years
have composed an exercise in discipline.

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Tom Johnson—a capable, driven, highly successful exec—was having
trouble getting out of bed in the morning. With little warning, his
secretary would have to reschedule his appointments. The problem: Johnson, former publisher of The Los Angeles Times and later chief executive of CNN, was secretly suffering from chronic depression.

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When you stride up to a microphone, do you walk confidently or shuffle up with your head down? Here’s a technique that actors use to command attention:

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When you think about it, some CEOs are a lot like babies. Here’s what we mean:

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Even leaders have slumps. You can pull yourself out of one with a little wisdom and these tactics:

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The hard part of leading a creative team is deflecting ideas that are unrealistic, undeveloped or “not ready for prime time.” Take these critical steps:

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