Wrong decisions vs. bad decisions

  • January 01, 2006

While even the best leaders aren’t perfect decision-makers, it’s still true that a wrong decision is different from a bad decision.

Recall names with Look, Snap, Connect

  • January 01, 2006

Never forget a person’s name again. Sound like a pipe dream? Not if you use Gary Small’s Look/Snap/ Connect technique. “The major reason we forget...

Charlie Weis keeps his word

  • December 01, 2005

Notre Dame University football coach Charlie Weis met in September with a very sick 10-year-old named Montana Mazurkiewicz. Weis asked the boy if he could do anything...

China’s K’ang-hsi: a leader’s leader

  • December 01, 2005

K’ang-hsi, who ruled China from 1661 to 1722, was a formidable leader who held direct authority over courts, infrastructure, military defense and nearly...

How to practice ‘small-L leadership’

  • December 01, 2005

Even if you lack formal authority, you can still practice what business professor and researcher Robert E. Kelly calls “small-L leadership” by bringing...

The dangers of hasty decision-making

  • December 01, 2005

In his latest book, Why Decisions Fail, scholar Paul C. Nutt analyzes 15 disastrous courses of action, from Ford’s defense of the flammable Pinto to...

Employee devotion grows from trust

  • November 01, 2005

Most leaders think they need to flaunt some grand vision to win over employees, but it ain’t necessarily so, says Tom Davenport, author of Human Capital.

What separates leaders from followers

  • September 01, 2005

People are afraid to become leaders because the role demands visibility and vulnerability. Even people already in leadership positions often shirk the essential part of...

Abe Lincoln’s emotional strengths

  • September 01, 2005

Mocked as “a third-rate Western lawyer” and a “fourth-rate lecturer,” Abraham Lincoln turned out to be a political genius: not because...

Harvey Mackay’s 6 rules for dealing

  • September 01, 2005

Mackay Envelope Co. CEO Harvey Mackay built his empire by negotiating strategic deals … with paper makers, printers, suppliers. Nearly everything he built...

Queen Elizabeth II: Duty over all

  • August 01, 2005

Sometimes, a leader’s duty is simply to ensure the institution’s survival. In the case of Queen Elizabeth II, her duty is to preserve the British monarchy,...

Don’t let them give up on you

  • August 01, 2005

Procter & Gamble Chairman and CEO A.G. Lafley tells a tale of getting down to core issues when a valuable employee wants to leave. It happened when Lafley once resigned...

The best advice Meg Whitman ever got

  • July 01, 2005

eBay CEO and President Meg Whitman has five pieces of excellent advice for you. They happen to be the best advice ever given to her.

Wegman’s secret: Employees come first

  • May 01, 2005

Wegmans Food Markets recently clinched the #1 spot on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, after making the list eight times in the past....

Oh, brother, was Joe Namath tough!

  • May 01, 2005

Aside from his unearthly talent with a ball—“any kind of ball,” says a childhood friend—what made former New York Jets quarterback Joe...

The principle behind Trump’s deals

  • May 01, 2005

Back in 1949, psychologist George Kingsley Zipf discovered the “Principle of Least Effort”: Most people, most of the time, are turned back by modest...

Sacagawea: a leader for the ages

  • April 01, 2005

Even when no one around you sees you as a leader, you can be one. That was true of Sacagawea, the lone woman and only Native American on the Lewis and Clark...