Failure stories travel quickly by word of
mouth but almost never make it into formal settings or “knowledge
bases” because people don’t want to look stupid in front of a larger
audience. Even so, they’re a lot more effective in teaching lessons than success
stories … maybe for the same reason that people can’t turn away from
FDR’s use of a new medium—radio— was how he calmed Americans’ financial
fears and began moving the nation slowly out of the Depression. In a nutshell, he did it by:
Woman or man, it doesn’t matter. Each side of the gender divide has a
distinct edge in negotiations when the situation is unclear, according
to Harvard researchers.
In an exclusive interview with Executive Leadership, executive coach Debra Benton, author of How to Think Like a CEO (Warner Books), identified these six common behaviors as career-killers:
For the moment, forget your notions about career planning. Instead, fill in the following six statements to begin drafting your first annual career report:
It’s true that Reagan didn’t “do” as much as John Kennedy or Richard
Nixon. Those presidents wanted to know and control as much as they
could, and they obsessed about what people thought of them. Reagan didn’t care about that stuff. More than “do” things himself, he persuaded others to do them for him. He led them.
In some ways, Coretta Scott King fit the ideal of a traditional wife and mother. Former
U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young remembers when he was an aide to her
husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights leader
would bring home 15 people. “She’d get up and cook breakfast and never make a fuss,”Young says of Mrs. King. “I never heard her complain about anything.” But reminiscences like that hide the woman’s true leadership.
In the years that she dominated women’s tennis, Chris “Chrissie” Evert was seen as feminine, a darling of the tour. On the tour, though, Evert was known as the “Ice Maiden.” With a steely
determination never to lose, it was her killer instincts that kept Evert at the top.
Ensure that you’re hewing closely to your core leadership strengths by
taking mental snapshots of yourself at random times during the day.
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