Leaders & Managers
From the nitty gritty of daily management to addressing your aspirations of leadership, this section for leaders & managers tells you how to make strong leadership decisions, build effective teams, delegate and stay above the everyday management muddle.
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A goal, says business guru Ken Blanchard, is just a signpost on your
way to your ultimate destination. Once you’ve reached it, it fades from
importance. A vision, on the other hand:
When he was pulled up from the minor leagues in 1951, Willie Mays told
New York Giants manager Leo Durocher that he didn’t think he was ready
to play in the majors. Nonsense, Durocher said.
Companies led by chief executives with military experience have beaten
the S&P 500 Index over the past three, five and 10 years by up to
20 percentage points, says a study by executive search firm Korn/Ferry
Kelly Slater, the greatest surfer of all time, was kicking back,
basking in his celebrity and putting his private life in order a few
years ago when challenger Andy Irons came along and snatched the world
title away in 2002.
Nicole Alvino always knew that someday, she’d own her own business. An Enron employee with degrees in economics and Japanese, Alvino had
already planned on attending business school when the energy company
imploded, and her professors encouraged her to strike out on her own. She just needed an idea.
You can “trick” yourself into meeting a tough goal in two ways:
Late in World War II, when the tide had turned against Germany, Adolf
Hitler tried to lift the spirits of his generals, his soldiers and the
public by claiming that “secret weapons” were under development that
would win the war quickly. The weapons were coming soon, he told
everyone. The problem: No such weapons existed.
Lynda Lovejoy, who will face the incumbent president of the Navajo
Nation in next month’s tribal election, is up against more than a
runoff. She’s also challenging a cultural taboo against women leaders.
Heed the words of David Corderman, chief of the FBI’s Leadership Development Institute: “Leaders are born and made.”
To gain agility and speed, urges entrepreneur Michael Kramer, standardize your processes.