Best-Practices Leadership

Enough with the big, hairy goals

July 9, 2010
There’s no denying that “big, hairy goals” are essential. But Bob Sutton, author of Good Boss, Bad Boss, believes the best bosses don’t spend much time thinking or talking about them. Here’s why:

The risks of going it alone

July 9, 2010
Say the name Burt Bacharach and people think “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “The Look of Love” or any number of pop hits he wrote with lyricist Hal David into the 1970s.  But, although Bacharach was the more famous of the two, he learned how valuable teamwork is.

Building on a simple idea

July 9, 2010
In the mid-1950s, accountant Eli Broad and a partner hit upon a simple idea for designing homes: no basements. Based on that single positioning tactic, Broad and his partner founded Kaufman & Broad Home Corp. in 1957. After selling out its entire inventory of homes, at $13,740 apiece, in the first weekend, KB Home was in business.

Larry Ellison finds an oracle of success

July 9, 2010

Flush with success, Larry Ellison took Oracle Corp. public in 1986. But his management team was young and inexperienced. By 1990, the database management software developer posted its first loss. Soon after, it teetered on bankruptcy. Ellison saw the need for drastic change.

Leadership Tips: Vol. 710

June 14, 2010
Think meditation is “too soft” for hard-core leaders? Think again. The U.S. Navy teaches “holistic leadership” … Make wise use of limited new-hire funds by screening interviewees with this question: “What’s the toughest feedback you’ve ever received and how did you learn from it?” … Brainstorming sessions may not be the best way to generate the best ideas …

4-stage approach to sustainability

June 14, 2010

How you respond to the sustainability trend will affect the fate of your organization. Trouble is, many leaders are flailing. Take a multistage approach: Stage 1: Do old things in new ways. Stage 2: Do new things in new ways. Stage 3: Transform core business. Stage 4: Create a new business model.

Yahoo recharges in up and down cycles

June 14, 2010

Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz knows that everything runs in cycles. So, she advocates accepting that your current up cycle will lapse into a down cycle. Deal with it. Use it to prepare for the next up cycle in these two ways:

Playing the game of competition

June 14, 2010

In the late 1950s, as U.S. families turned more and more to television for their entertainment, analysts predicted the end of board games. Milton Bradley Co. President James Shea had other ideas. Deciding to capitalize instead, Shea had the company develop a memory game called Concentration …

Google makes change look simple

June 14, 2010

Google has one of the most successful products on the Internet. Why would its leaders want to alter it? Because even Google has to evolve. That’s the reason for the site’s recent redesign, its eighth. Here’s how Google does it:

Leadership follies: 13 ways to let them know you’re boss

June 14, 2010

Are your employees too happy? Too satisfied? Are you tired of being pestered with ideas for saving time and money, improving morale or making work more rewarding? Here’s how to deal with those happy little people: