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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.
Any Word feature that can save time and make you look good is worth tapping into, right? One such feature: Word’s built-in reviewing tools, which let you and others track all the changes you make as a document is written and edited. With the Track Changes tool turned on, you can track each insertion, deletion […]
Being a steelworker on a big construction job is literally living on
the edge, and that’s right where Ugo “Hokey” Del Costello likes to be. “If I [screw] up,” says the project boss for the massive new Woodrow
Wilson Bridge that will connect Maryland and Virginia across the
Potomac River, “I could kill somebody.” Despite the extreme nature of his job, Del Costello is a leader in familiar ways:
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: