How Jon Gruden pounds the rock

  • November 01, 2004

As a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee, football coaching prodigy-to-be Jon Gruden found himself passing a note to assistant coach Walt Harris during an...

Oracle’s Ellison and Genghis Khan

  • November 01, 2004

Oracle founder and chief executive Larry Ellison is a classic narcissistic leader, reminiscent of both the robber barons of the 19th century, who created industries in...

John McCain and the elements of courage

  • October 01, 2004

You’ll probably never need courage to do your work, at least the kind of courage required against physical threats like torture or gunfire. Still, understanding...

A 5-step cure for worrywarts

  • October 01, 2004

Gee, my team might lose this sale. If that happens, we could miss our quota. If we keep losing sales, I could lose my job. These days, out-of-work managers need months...

When a worker passes the buck

  • October 01, 2004

Managers are often maddened when employees blame co-workers when things go awry. Here's the strategy one manager used to deal with an employee's buck-passing:

Ruthless power tips from Monty Burns

  • September 01, 2004

Think you’re a pretty big wheel, eh? Forget it, you piker! You’ll never be a leader on the order of that liver-spotted captain of industry, Mr. Burns.

Remind yourself of important lessons

  • September 01, 2004

The U.S. president known as a fierce fighter, Indian hater and hothead—Andrew Jackson—actually used wallpaper to help him lead the country. Wallpaper?

Leadership blips, bloopers & foul-ups

  • August 01, 2004

Leadership researcher Robert Hogan says two-thirds of the people in leadership positions in the Western world will fail. “They will then be fired, demoted or...

Peter Drucker’s 5 essential questions

  • August 01, 2004

Peter Drucker, that sage of business management, came up with these questions to help leaders of nonprofit institutions not only see the future but shape it. The...

Sam Houston: smart, brave, skilled

  • August 01, 2004

He was smart: He studied law and passed the bar in six months. He was honorable: He never spoke a word against his wife after a mysterious marital blowup that ended his...

Tips & tactics from 2004 SHRM conference

  • August 01, 2004

The HR Specialist joined more than 12,000 HR professionals in New Orleans this summer for the annual Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference. Here are...

Working with naysayers

  • August 01, 2004

How do you deal with employees who seem to have negative attitudes about every decision you and your teams make? Here's some expert advice:

Alexander Hamilton’s fatal flaw

  • July 01, 2004

Now that Alexander Hamilton has come roaring back into vogue as a founding father, let’s take a look at the guy who did more than any other to create the United...

MacArthur’s principles of leadership

  • July 01, 2004

Besides being a brilliant war strategist, Gen. Douglas MacArthur also proved a gifted administrator and charismatic figure. To guide his own behavior as a leader, he...

Focus strategy through bifocal lenses

  • July 01, 2004

The Roman god Janus had two sets of eyes so he could look backward and forward at the same time. Leaders need to do the same, making old cash cows while ginning up new...

Lead like a goose, not a buffalo

  • July 01, 2004

As newly ordained owner of The Nation, Victor Navasky decided he needed some serious coaching in how to rescue his venerable but ailing magazine.