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Best-Practices Leadership

A leader in an organization can’t do everyone’s job. Instead of micromanaging, strong leaders use organizational leadership to coordinate, communicate, motivate and delegate among employees and team members. For comprehensive organizational effectiveness, each individual needs to be seen as a contributor, with the leader at the helm.

Most importantly, best-practices leadership involves keeping employees motivated throughout the process, adapting your scope or strategy as necessary, and developing an effective communication strategy.

Some people never make it to the other side because they’re more successful at being doers. This is a crucial point in determining if you’re going to move up the ranks.

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Sometimes, team members need or want favors—to come in late, leave early, pass on an assignment, get a deadline extended, etc. But how do you accommodate such requests without leaving other team members grumbling?
Becoming a boss for the first time has serious consequences for both the individual and the organization.
Perhaps you’ve heard that innovators think “outside the box.” That’s old news. Given the complex interconnectedness of today’s economy—and technology’s ever-expanding reach—there’s a new way to approach innovative thinking.
James McCann pounced on a deal without thoroughly investigating the seller or analyzing the financial details of the transaction. Soon after completing the purchase, he realized his mistake.
While there’s no guarantee Gavin Patterson would have uncovered the extent of his company’s accounting fraud if he had spent more time there, his lack of involvement didn’t help.
“Work hard” is one of the cardinal rules of success. For what that means, listen to big-time columnist Jimmy Breslin.
What keeps Elon Musk up at night is not futuristic at all. It’s the overstuffed parking lot outside his office window.
Jorgen Vig Knudstorp has been Lego’s “master builder” of the company’s turnaround since 2004. At the time, Lego was losing $1 million a day. Now it’s the world’s most profitable toy company.
In 2006, Greg Satell confronted a big problem. He helped run a Ukraine-based company whose main product, a popular magazine called Afisha, was in decline.
Catastrophic failures aren’t usually caused by one or two big mess-ups but by a series of cascading errors. So it was at this year’s Academy Awards, where a number of factors contributed to the wrong movie being announced as Best Picture.
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