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Today’s Measure Of Tomorrow’s Leaders

from Forbes There are three kinds of leaders in the new world we’re entering. Only one kind will succeed. In 2009, most corporate leaders have kept their focus on survival–shifting their product mixes, slashing costs, cutting inventory, downsizing. Now, as the economists declare that the economy is stabilizing, many leaders are gearing up for 2010 […]

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How to Nurture Future Leaders

from BW.com It’s a scary time to be a new graduate. But some seem more optimistic than others. Around the world, graduates are emerging from interdisciplinary master’s programs that integrate design, technology, and business. These professionals are trained in “design thinking.” Sure, it’s the latest trendy term to sweep the business world, but it’s a […]

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Yes, Leadership Does Matter

from Forbes In their book The Road to Audacity: Being Adventurous in Life and Work, Stephen Carter and Jeremy Kourdi tell the story of a party of workers who got lost in the Scottish Highlands. As dangerous weather closed in, the situation grew desperate. Members of the group started to panic. “Never fear,” said the […]

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Leadership Lessons For Hard Times

from McKinsey Quarterly (via Forbes) During the current global recession, much attention has been devoted to the mistakes that sparked the financial and economic crisis, in hopes of not repeating them. Less has been given to what’s been done well amid the turmoil–to learn, for example, how best to lead a company through these tough […]

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Managers As Servants

from kottke.org Aaron Swartz has some interesting thoughts on non-hierarchical management in the workplace. A better way to think of a manager is as a servant, like an editor or a personal assistant. Everyone wants to be effective; a manager’s job is to do everything they can to make that happen. The ideal manager is […]

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Why Good Managers Make Bad Decisions

from WSJ Why do smart people make bad decisions? With Congress grilling bank CEOs Wednesday, it’s a timely question. Regulators and business leaders continue to try to figure out how decision-makers’ missteps may have triggered the economic meltdown. Sydney Finkelstein, a professor at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, has studied decision-making, and tried to track […]

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The Making Chasm

from Seth’s Blog Great caption for a cartoon in this week’s New Yorker: There’s a lot I want to experience, but not a lot I want to actually do. In my exposure to companies big and small, this is probably the single biggest gulf. Lots of people there for the ride, not so many actually […]

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Challenging the Crowd in Whispers, Not Shouts

from NYTs ALAN GREENSPAN, the former Federal Reserve chairman, acknowledged in a Congressional hearing last month that he had made an “error” in assuming that the markets would properly regulate themselves, and added that he had no idea a financial disaster was in the making. What’s more, he said the Fed’s own computer models and […]

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Do You Really Want This Job?

from YaleGlobal Online Dear Mr. President-Elect: Congratulations on your electoral victory! You enter the office at a fragile and difficult time, and this letter offers thoughts on problems confronting the US. The immediate problem is the near-collapse of the financial system and the recession we’re in right now. The temptation will be to continue throwing […]

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The Satisfaction of Deep Commitment

from The Great Leaders Series Michelangelo once wrote:  “If the people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem wonderful at all.”  Great leaders recognize the depth and significance of these words.  They know the hard work they have put into what they have accomplished – the long days […]

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Choose Your ‘Self’

from The Great Leaders Series The greatest quest and challenge of the truly great leader is for self-knowledge.  It is in this that their greatness and success in life is achieved.  Dag Hammarskjold, former United Nations Secretary General, wrote:  “At every moment you choose yourself.  But do you choose your self? Body and soul contain […]

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