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Executive Leadership

You’ll probably never need courage to do your work, at least the kind of courage required against physical threats like torture or gunfire. Still, understanding courage can help you become a better leader.

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What you may not know is that each Barbie for President doll comes with a leadership tip sheet ginned up by the White House Project, a group encouraging women to run for public office.

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Ram Charan earned an MBA from Harvard, went on to teach management there and has served as a consultant to dozens of high-powered CEOs.

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As the person you’re interviewing starts to answer your first question, you’ve already made a preliminary call about whether he or she would make a good hire.

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Ineffective leaders talk about change when they’re broadsided by sudden changes in the marketplace. After a week or a month, they grow distracted, and change initiatives fade away.

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When your people make mistakes, it’s often tempting to forgive. After all, we’ve all messed up at some point, haven’t we?

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Part-time electricity-board employee and burgeoning author Corinne Maier has vaulted into prominence by advocating “active disengagement” among French workers … the kind of creative inertia you’d expect from Wally in the cartoon strip “Dilbert.”

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The hot new game of diversity marketing is old hat for Mike Hanika. His company, Appliance Sales & Service Co. in San Francisco, employs a staff of 17 who speak 16 languages, including Arabic, Lebanese and Armenian.

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Gee, my team might lose this sale. If that happens, we could miss our quota. If we keep losing sales, I could lose my job. These days, out-of-work managers need months or years to find a new job. I couldn’t pay our bills. I’d be pumping gas for a living!”

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Picture this: Over the door of your conference room runs a marquee with a running total of attendees’ wages and the revenue they’re not bringing in while they rot in some blasted meeting.

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