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Both the New Orleans levee break after Hurricane Katrina and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 were predictable surprises. That is, they were disasters that could have been prevented. Here are the traits of predictable surprises (with Sept. 11 and Katrina examples), and the steps you can take to keep them from happening:
Sure, leaders are steady and dependable. But they also know the power of doing surprising things when their gut tells them to. Some unexpected actions that yield results:
If leadership were a stool, here are the four legs Huntsman Chemical Co. Founder Jon Huntsman says would support it:
Use this checklist to recover from a failure and keep moving forward:
Many people confuse leaders’ confidence with self-confidence. In fact, what’s important about leaders is whether they have confidence in other people. Here are Harvard business professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter’s three cornerstones of confidence:
Ideas are a dime a dozen. Leading a business requires creating insights: the kind of underlying concepts that launch a thousand ideas. Take the New York Miracle, an advertising insight ginned up by Phil Dusenberry and his ad team at BBDO to bring people back to New York City after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
On March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln took the oath for his first term as president. A little more than a month later—on April 12—the Civil War erupted when Confederates attacked Fort Sumter, S.C. Lincoln responded by resupplying and strengthening the fort: an approach that most of his Cabinet members staunchly opposed.
People still see male leaders in a different way than they see female leaders, ongoing research indicates.
You've heard it before, and it sounds really simple, but it often falls by the wayside in the everyday quest to get the job done. Recognition equals motiva­tion—and it doesn't have anything to do with money.
Building respect for diversity on your team is both the right thing to do and essential for optimum performance. Are you sending your team the right message on diversity?
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