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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Petr Hlavacek first heard about the Ice Man’s shoes about six months after the Stone Age hunter’s body was discovered, partially defrosted in a glacier in the Alps. That was the moment—15 years ago—when Hlavacek, a Czech professor of shoe technology, turned into a leader.
“Birdman” Tony Hawk became the best skateboarder in the world—with 70 first-place titles and credit for inventing 80 tricks—because he kept setting higher goals.
It’s natural to make excuses when something goes wrong. But excuses are addictive. Watch for these warning signs that you’re over-excusing:
Don’t worry that changing your mind will make you look weak … especially if you change your mind in light of new evidence.
Experience shows that you can triumph over the biggest setbacks.
“American Idol’s” most caustic judge, Simon Cowell, may come off as unnecessarily cruel, but he’s spectacularly proficient at one leadership skill: giving honest feedback.
“Hot teams” improvise, do more work with less supervision and make the extra effort to follow through. Management consultant Laurence Haughton offers this advice for turning ordinary groups into hot teams:
Alan Greenspan owes a lot of his success to an overriding thirst for knowledge and data.
Sometimes, having your own style can help you build a team. Here are five steps to get there:
Failure stories travel quickly by word of mouth but almost never make it into formal settings or “knowledge bases” because people don’t want to look stupid in front of a larger audience. Even so, they’re a lot more effective in teaching lessons than success stories … maybe for the same reason that people can’t turn away from auto accidents.
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