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Most business leaders would rather pay a celebrity $1,000 a minute for
a “motivational” talk than bring in somebody who’d actually provide
hands-on, tactical training, says Steve Salerno, author of SHAM: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless.
When a problem doesn’t respond to solutions that have worked for you before, unlock your creativity with these approaches:
Like any tool, meetings work when they are right for the job and skillfully handled. Otherwise, they don't pay off—time is wasted, people are frustrated, objectives aren't met. When you're in charge, make sure that doesn't happen. Here's how:
One of the most common blunders leaders make is ignoring the obvious. Three ways to avoid that fate:
Using the “do first” approach, you and your team spend very little time
defining the problem you’re facing. You simply decide on one or two
first steps and move ahead with them.
The meeting’s over. Within moments, everyone is scurrying back to check voice- and e-mail messages, quickly forgetting about the action items they just took on. Your mission? To produce minutes that remind everyone what needs to happen next, and assure them that their meeting time was well spent. These five suggestions will help you write […]
What do you do with company vehicles coming off their leases? Many employers now sell them to employees, a move that’s trending upward thanks to some attractive financial benefits and a new breed of technology to help manage the process.
In the face of rising travel costs, look into swapping a pricey off-site meeting for a low-cost conference call.
In all, the Coast Guard evacuated about 33,500 people after Katrina,
six times as many as it did in all of 2004. The sheriff of St. Bernard
Parish says the Guard was the only federal agency to provide any
significant help for a week. When officials came down from Washington and asked the sheriff how he’d
fix FEMA, he told them to blow it up and give the Coast Guard what it
needs. So how did an agency with relatively modest resources rescue so many?
Allen Dulles, the master spymaker who headed the CIA during the
Eisenhower years, liked to tell the story of an important phone call he
once refused to take.