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Executive Leadership

Music producer Quincy Jones started life as a hustler on the South Side of Chicago, but found his path after his family moved to a town near Seattle.

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Do you find yourself thinking you have what it takes to accept more responsibility? Here are five things you can do to position yourself for upward mobility.

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For a long time, I have facilitated team problem-solving sessions in the same way. It always feels like a triumph of team process and alignment. Until it suddenly didn’t.

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Mastering public relations requires a tricky balancing act. Leaders need to appear accessible to the media without revealing too much. Colin Angle, co-founder and CEO of iRobot, recently fell out of balance—and paid the price.

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Sallie Krawcheck heads up the digital investment platform Ellevest, so she knows a thing or two about having to adapt to a changing landscape at work. She offers four keys to staying ahead of a business world that always seems to be lurching furiously ahead.

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Just as the Major League Baseball season was starting in 2004, Boston Red Sox fans were entertained by the TV ads run by Jordan’s furniture, a favorite Massachusetts retailer.

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If you’re afraid your female employees aren’t ready for the challenges ahead of them, here are some things that you can do right now to close that gap.

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David M. Kreps, a Stanford economist, explains the different approaches of getting people going.

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Here are a few of the skills world-class leaders are committed to mastering.

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In a big new job at Forbes magazine in New York, an editorial manager decided that she was going to be the “perfect” boss. The guy who hired her wasn’t impressed.

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Just think of the awesome, terrible power we’ve given a certain four-letter word. Time to stop that. Fear can be a great motivator when channeled correctly.

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Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, served two separate terms during the years our country entered world wars. Many of her cutting-edge ideas became accepted, but many were still considered radical.

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The résumé of Kevin Turner, who spent 11 years as chief operating officer of Microsoft, didn’t really mesh with the demands of the world of hedge fund Citadel. And he became an example of a leader who can’t necessarily walk into the boardroom of his choice and dazzle in a different culture.

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Here are three ways to build an online identity.

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“We must declare a worldwide ban on the phrase ‘constructive criticism’; it’s a true oxymoron,” argues Dr. Tim Irwin.

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In the late 1970s, Richard Fain was stuck on a sinking ship, cargo shipping company Gotaas-Larsen Shipping. Rather than play defense, Fain proposed that the board of directors authorize a major investment in new ships.

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Humanity is not just a feel-good concept; it sells

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You’ve been approached to be on a board. You are flattered! But, should you accept? There is a lot to consider as you weigh the time, personal investment, and—at times—risk. Cheryl Hyatt of Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search has five tips for evaluating a board position to make sure it’s right for you.

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If you act one way while angling for a promotion—befriending as many people as you can and acting as if you’re their No. 1 fan—and then abandon them as soon as you’re the boss, you will lose their respect for good. William Shakespeare understood this.

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Truly empathetic listeners have a high tolerance for absorbing others’ sadness and emotional struggles. Do you possess a high degree of empathy? Answer these three questions.

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