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‘I should have listened more’

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Joshua Spodek, 45, is an adjunct professor at New York University and author of Leadership Step By Step. He was CEO of Submedia, a firm that displayed advertisements on subways.

Executive Leadership: You were CEO in your late 20s. What lessons did you learn?

Spodek: After the Internet bubble burst in early 2000, our company was running out of money. The big question on everybody’s mind was, “How can we get through this?” So I met with my team and said, “Here’s what we’re all going to do.” Then I delegated tasks to each of them, one after the other. I thought that what we needed was decisive leadership.

What’s the lesson?

While I was telling them what to do, they were thinking, “I don’t buy into this guy’s plan.” It was a scary time, and I think they were worried about what was going to happen. So here I am, saying, “Here’s what you need to do next” and then “Do this next” and “Do this next.” Meanwhile, they’re probably think...(register to read more)

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