Leaders & Managers
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After flying 61 combat missions in World War II and winning military honors, Robert McDermott didn’t bask in the glow of his military heroics. Instead, he helped build the Air Force Academy into a model of military education and then shifted to the private sector to become CEO of USAA.
Renoir’s pastel paintings of plump bourgeois people initially inspired rage, hatred and mockery. William Baker, director of a center for media education at Fordham, took away two lessons from that reaction.
David Frost, the legendary British TV interviewer and broadcaster, died last week at the age of 74. He is perhaps most famous outside England for his long-form grilling of Richard Nixon on video. Frost controlled the rights to that series of interviews, and taught media up-and-comers this lesson: “Make sure you own the formats.” Today [...]
As sales manager for a fledgling magazine, C. Richard Weylman needed to generate enough print ads to keep the new publication afloat. One of the salespeople routinely outperformed his peers, yet his high production came at a cost: He rejected the organization’s culture of cooperation and its customer-centric philosophy ...
Given the general acceleration of things, the “first 100 days” as a measure of an executive’s effectiveness, first used in 1933, has sped up. So how would that work for a new CEO?
Mark Leslie ran two firms before becoming chairman and CEO of Veritas Software in 1990. He knew from experience that when senior executives make decisions based on shared information with their employees, it decreases office politics and helps everyone buy into the company’s strategy.
When Glenn Murphy left a Canadian drugstore chain in 2007 to become CEO of Gap, the clothing retailer had sustained a multiyear losing streak. But it’s finally bouncing back.
From his father, a hardworking plasterer, Isadore Sharp learned to stay the course as problems arose, honor your word and operate ethically. He applied these lessons as founder and chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
To motivate 200,000 employees in 10,000 branches to work together and innovate, Om Prakash Bhatt, the chairman of State Bank of India, convened 25 senior managers for a five-day retreat. He opened the meeting by showing “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” a movie about a golfer who loses his swing and then learns to regain it.
Two concerns keep Skanska CEO Mike McNally up at night. He worries that one of the company’s 50,000 employees around the world might act unethically. He also frets about the risk of accidents and injuries.