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Leadership Tips, Vol. 1014

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Carry on. Leadership is more important than ever, says business editor Robert Safian. In researching the structures of crowd sourcing and networks, Safian was surprised to find that the traditional role of leaders—cultivating an environment where contributions are recognized and channeled—is still essential to a productive workplace.

 — Adapted from “What I’ve Learned,” Robert Safian, Fast Company.

Try this advice. When taking advice, energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens asks himself three things: “First, is the person smart? Second, do they have a conflict of interest? Finally, do they love me?”

— Adapted from “Leaderboard: Pro Tip from T. Boone Pickens,” Forbes.

Don’t show off. No trappings of success adorn investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown, says billionaire co-founder Peter Hargreaves. “I always compare it to the Viet Cong, whose generals ate the same food as their soldiers,” he says. “The only difference was the extra stripes on their uniforms. But they beat America.”

— Adapted from “Agenda: Investing,” Peter Hargreaves interview by Tom Metcalf, ­Bloom­­berg Markets.

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