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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“Managing is work,” said Earl Weaver, legendary manager of the Baltimore Orioles baseball club, who died early this year, leaving behind some thoughts on leadership. “It’s constant decisions of whose feelings you want to hurt all the time.”
Oscar Niemeyer, one of the world’s most prominent modern architects, is renowned for his light, airy and fanciful structures. Famous for designing the capital city of Brasília, and for collaborating with Le Corbusier on the United Nations headquarters in New York, Niemeyer was a pioneer in curving concrete and giant, graceful arches.
A few hours after you hear a presentation, ask yourself, “What do I remember?” If you recall anything, it will probably be a story. No matter how well a speaker serves up data, few listeners will remember it. But succinct stories lodge themselves in listeners’ brains.
Alan Wurtzel, who helped turn Circuit City into a great company, wanted to understand why it collapsed. Here's his assessment of its mistakes.
Many CEOs favor fact-based leadership. Rather than rely on their impressions or gut instinct, they tend to scrutinize facts and make decisions rooted in hard data. Alan Mulally, Ford Motor’s 67-year-old CEO, has stood out among leaders of American auto companies for his intense focus on numbers.
Entrepreneurs tend to be “ready, fire, aim” people. “We often don’t make the best planners. We are action-oriented people,” says Bill McBean, author of The Facts of Business Life. That’s why it’s vital to step off the day-to-day treadmill and plan for your company’s growth.
Run down this list to see if your behavior aligns with the “high influence style” of leadership.
Leaders need to project the kind of confidence that can start a conversation instead of shutting it down, so they should aim to be more like Oprah Winfrey than Martha Stewart.
Here are some ways to use time more wisely: 1. Stop trying to do everything ... 2. Stay on message ... 3. Don’t let routine matters usurp important ones ...
For generations, Procter & Gamble innovated from within. The giant consumer products company that makes Tide detergent and Crest toothpaste conducted research-and-development veiled in secrecy. Under A.J. Lafley, P&G’s now-retired CEO, the company’s closed innovation process began to open up.