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Executive Leadership

When you have to deliver bad news to your people, follow this protocol
that medical doctors use to tell patients about dire prognoses:

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is usually remembered as an American poet and philosopher, not a career-development expert. Yet, the philosophy of self-reliance that Emerson developed with his
friend Henry David Thoreau offers a blueprint for accomplishing
remarkable things in life.

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Growing up in Texas, the young Ross Perot had never seen a ship or an
ocean but knew he wanted to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis,
Md., because his scout leader had gone there. Perot’s buddies couldn’t understand why he was so determined (read: “stubborn”), but he’d made up his mind.

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Randy Nelson, dean of Pixar University, doesn’t like outsourcing, but
not for the reasons you might think. He’s not worried about job
security; his reasons are all about creativity.

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Most people think the key to being productive is working flat-out 100
percent of the time. Not so, says John Zenger, former chairman of the
Times Mirror Group.

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Gossip gets a bad rap, but it actually helps set norms and lets your
people feel as though they belong. In the process, they’ll also sort
out who’s trustworthy, talented and reliable, and who’s not. So, recognize the power of social ties to sustain your people during crunch times. Here’s what you can do:

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Sam Cooke and “Little Richard” Penniman were about as different as two African-American pop singers could be. As fate would have it, they toured England
together back in the early 1960s. And, when Penniman’s insecurities threatened the tour, it was Cooke who stepped in—quietly—to keep things going.

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Asked if he has a favorite hero from the Bible, noted Holocaust researcher and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel names Moses. So, what are we supposed to learn from Moses?

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Baseball fans could learn a lot about the game by listening to former
major league manager Tony Pena talk about it. Unfortunately, fans of
the Kansas City Royals never got the chance. But the way that Pena handled the following situation speaks volumes about his philosophy as a leader.

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Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams. They’re the only guys who’ve played for the New York Yankees throughout
the team’s dazzling 10-year run featuring six American League
championships and four World Series titles. In a sport where continuity is rare, their friendship reinforces their leadership.

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