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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When The Wall Street Journal interviewed Denise Morrison in 2007, she was president of Campbell USA. Senior executives usually downplay their ambitions, but Morrison boldly told the re­­porter that she wanted to become CEO of a large corporation. In 2011, she be­came Campbell's CEO.

William Gus Pagonis ran logistics in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Based on the 18 months that Pagonis directed the movement of troops and supplies to the Gulf, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf praised him as the war’s “logistical wizard.” How did Pagonis do it?

Many organizations conduct exit interviews with outgoing employees. But instead of putting too much stock in exit interviews, conduct “stay interviews” with current employees. Every quarter, meet privately with them and ask three questions.
Setting goals is more art than science. You want people to give full effort to attain ambitious goals without making the targets so outlandish that employees lose hope. To strike that balance, think in terms of PUSH goals: passionate, urgent, specific, hairy.
Chief Executive Research has released its 2013-2014 CEO & Senior Executive Compensation Report for Private Companies.

What would mean more to you … a “thank you” email from your organization’s CEO or a handwritten “thank you” note? The answer is obvious. Hand­written notes carry a greater impact.

You know that kind of day when you accomplish a lot—but not one thing you planned? Here are some ways to avoid detours.
Look ahead the Larry Page way ... Deliver a real statement to your people ... Have a career plan as strong as Campbell Soup's CEO.
"Great leadership is not a solo act," says Robert Vanourek, chairman emeritus of the Vail Leadership Institute and co-author of Triple Crown Leadership. "It's a group performance. You need to connect through the heart to lead effectively." 
“Workaholic,” coined by the American psychologist Wayne Oates, reflected the man’s own addiction to work. But do workaholics really exist? There’s still no medical definition. Look for these signs.
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