Leaders & Managers

From the nitty gritty of daily management to addressing your aspirations of leadership, this section for leaders & managers tells you how to make strong leadership decisions, build effective teams, delegate and stay above the everyday management muddle.

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Over Labor Day weekend, Frank Blake could finally relax. After seven hard-charging years as CEO of Home Depot, he had announced in August 2014 that he’d retire and his chosen successor, Craig Menear, would take over as CEO on Nov. 1. But on Tuesday morning, Blake was stunned to learn that Home Depot’s computers had been hacked ...
Stuart Reges, a principal lecturer at the University of Washington, has a rather unique (if exhausting) way to acknowledge his students' hard work.
You know what they say: The heart wants what it wants. If only it would stop wanting between nine and five. The story of Carl is a test case in dealing with quiet agony.

In 2004, Lego was losing roughly $1 million a day. The once-legendary Danish toy maker was on the brink of collapse. It hired a new CEO, Jorgen Vig Knud­­storp, who quickly drew two conclusions: The company needed to cut costs dramatically and start delivering products that customers actually wanted.

Asked how to prepare for a football playoff, coach Craig Bohl recommends adopting a mindset he calls “one-and-done.” Bohl won his third consecutive FCS (NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision) national title when his North Dakota State team won its division in 2013. That makes Bohl, now the coach at Wyoming, college football’s leading expert on playoffs.

For years, Chris McCormack viewed Mike Tyson as a better boxer than Muhammad Ali. McCormack is a triathlete, two-time winner of the Ironman World Championship and a boxing fan. She admired Tyson’s savage force in the ring. But McCormack reassessed her opinion after a friend urged her to study Ali’s career.

The fictional Business Thingies Unlimited knows how easy it is to get lost in the Twitter crowd of companies jostling for attention, so they mix it up and make sure no tweet is wasted.

CEOs at big corporations often let their marketing managers make local sponsorship deals. A company might wind up supporting Little League teams, arts festivals and other community events. David D’Alessandro rejects that approach. When he was CEO of John Hancock Financial Services from 2000 to 2004, he adopted a “go big or go home” philosophy.

Here’s a look at some of the most impactful ways you can tweak your onboarding to transform new hires into productive team members as quickly as possible.

Remember the old saw that 90% of success is just showing up? Well, it’s proven once again by a Chicago Bulls basketball player who denied himself cable and Internet so he could focus on training in the off-season.

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