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Draw a line in the sand on big mistakes

August 12, 2018
On January 27, 1967, three Apollo astronauts were killed in a flash fire inside their capsule while still on the launch pad. Flight Director Gene Kranz took some responsibility for failing the crew, and he went into a debriefing three days later ready for straight talk.

Is MBWA now DOW?

August 9, 2018
Q. I used to hear a lot about “management by walking around,” but not so much anymore. Has it become passe?

‘You’re choosing sheet cake over us?’

August 9, 2018
Q. I just had a top person tell me he won’t be attending an absolutely vital meeting next month because he’d promised to be there for his kid’s birthday. When I pushed him a little, he said it was a thing he “really needed to do.” Do I respect this guy totally or think of him as lacking in what it takes to bring him up to the higher levels?

Get out your handkerchiefs for this tale of sports heroism

August 9, 2018
Does the name Mallory Holtman ring a bell? You’ve got to go back about a decade to understand her very well-deserved 15 minutes of fame.

5 ways to screw up your work life

August 9, 2018
A surprising number of experienced executives make some bad moves. Here are the top five.

You cannot beat this motivational line

August 9, 2018
People really do know it when a leader shows up. Such was the case for Capt. Benjamin Tupper of the Army National Guard, who found himself surrounded by the Taliban in Afghanistan, in a firefight and just about at the end of his rope.

Playing on in an unfair world

August 9, 2018
When William J. Powell died in 2009 at age 93, he was still the only African-American to have designed, built, owned and operated a golf course in the United States.

The limits of what money can buy

August 9, 2018
Sure, you can initially attract people with the promise of financial reward. But to retain and motivate the best people, you must tap into how they feel about the work itself.

The dangers of getting locked in

August 9, 2018
Deals loading many benefits into the future may get very wispy indeed as that future arrives.

The case for backing down

August 9, 2018
Q. I have pushed pretty hard in salary negotiations for a job with a new company. In my last discussion with the HR person, he presented some convincing evidence suggesting that the high figure I tried to justify is off the mark. Given how hard I pushed for the higher salary, I am hesitant to back down at this point. Wouldn’t doing so make me look bad?
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