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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As you look back over the past few years, can you identify critical
projects that you thought about but never started? Can you justify your
inaction through lack of time or uncooperative colleagues? If so, you may have caved in to a simple lack of willpower, which two
authors of a new book identify as a common leadership problem.
Here’s one kind of fear that you want your people to feel: the fear that your organization will fail. The right and wrong ways to encourage that kind of fear:
It looks like a chunky pepper grinder, but the world’s first pocket
calculator—mechanical, not electronic— came into this world only
through utter persistence.
Male leaders can do a lot worse than getting in touch with their trendy “feminine side.” At least, that’s what a new study by management consulting firm Caliper
indicates. The research, which assessed 59 women leaders and compared
them with a representative sample of their male peers, pinpoints
women’s particular strengths. Namely:
Even in grim circumstances, hope is what keeps leaders going. Certainly, that was the case for Lt. Bob Dole, who took a hit during
World War II and lost the use of his right arm.
“Our keynote speaker just cancelled,” the caller says, “and we were
wondering if we could ask you to take her place. The problem is, we
need you to do it in three days.” Think you can’t give a top-notch speech on such short notice? You can if you take this approach:
Famed mountain trapper Kit Carson once tried to rescue a captive, Mrs. James White, from some Apaches. Carson caught up with the natives who held her and might have been able
to save her, but his commander refused to let him attack. The commander
mistakenly thought the Apaches might want to negotiate.
Coming to light after decades in the making, Bill Swanson’s flashes of
executive wisdom—compiled first on scraps of paper, then in PowerPoint
and finally in a booklet last year— have become an underground hit. Swanson’s Unwritten Rules of Management, by Raytheon’s CEO, offers these gems, with elaborations here by Swanson himself:
Adversity stinks, but it does wake you up.
Doug Sundheim, a leadership adviser whose friend recently got the ax in a round of corporate layoffs, says that when you find yourself in a tough spot, you should do the following:
It’s a growing truth: The closer you are to the top, the more you’re in
danger of lacking for professional development, feedback, friendship,
recognition and praise. Regular praise and professional development often dry up near the top of the food chain.