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Rivet your focus for best results

The best strategic thinkers attribute their success to one word: focus. They rivet their attention on their highest priorities—and sweep away less important matters.

Nobody likes a know-it-all

Both you and your people will benefit if you can show a little humility through simple asides, like “Sometimes I jump to conclusions.”

When your work becomes religion

If running marathons were a religion, says an observer, then Fred Lebow would have been the New York City Marathon’s chief rabbi.

Trust employees to take charge

In 1968, William Cecil wanted to upgrade the North Carolina estate that he inherited from his grandfather. Cecil chose the Biltmore’s head carpenter, Wexler Ogle Plemmons, for the coveted job. Then he challenged him to think big.

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Be a valued contrarian

Today's Leadership Tip

Ever get that suspicion that something is bothering one of your good employees? If so, it’s time for an honest chat. Hold that talk on their turf. Don’t call them into your office. The employee will feel more comfortable and thus more apt to be open and candid when the conversation is held in theirs.

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Q. Thinking back on all the jobs I’ve ever had, it occurs to me my favorite managers and leaders all had one thing in common—a hearty, even booming laugh. Is there a lesson here?

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We walk through every part of our day doing nearly everything by rote; automatically without thinking. Overall this is very helpful — we are leaving…

If you want to be your “authentic” self, says Jason Seiden, you’re going to spend some sleepless nights in a cold sweat. “It’s not possible to find your true self without getting tested, and tested hard ..."

Q: “I feel that I have been betrayed by one of my peers. ‘Chuck’ and I are both senior vice-presidents, reporting to the president of our company. In a recent executive team meeting, Chuck stated that an employee in my department has been intercepting and reading the president’s email for several months. Chuck has apparently known this for some time, but instead of telling me privately, he chose to throw me under the bus by revealing it in front of our boss. After this humiliating betrayal, I’m not sure how to act around Chuck. Should I just speak to him when we have to work together and ignore him the rest of the time?” Infuriated