Career Management

Building up your concentration muscle

April 6, 2011
Staying focused on one task could be the single biggest challenge in the digital era. Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project and author of The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, believes these six simple steps are the first steps to gaining control of your attention—and your life:

5 ways to avoid firing in 5 months

April 4, 2011
The New York media world was abuzz with news of the termination of veteran publishing executive Jack Griffin from his job of CEO of Time Inc. a little more than five months after he got there. In the spirit of leadership learning, I’m offering my Five Ways to Avoid Being Fired in Five Months:

Match people’s skills to your system

March 22, 2011

Ken Anderson beat the odds to become one of the most prolific quarterbacks in National Football League history. Slow-footed quarterbacks with weak arms aren’t even supposed to make the NFL, much less lead the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl. How he did it:

Add a little charm to your arsenal

March 2, 2011

College presidents don’t like to admit it, but as cheerleaders in chief, they need charm to chat up everyone from teenagers to rich donors. Without charm, they’d be sunk.

Which old habits are worth breaking?

March 1, 2011

Breaking old habits can hurt. It’s why we avoid it. But the recession offers a golden opportunity to rethink how you do business and examine which behaviors are ripe for change. A few suggestions:

Even you need a break sometimes

February 24, 2011

Willie Walsh, chief of British Airways, revealed that he hadn’t had a vacation in more than five years. Walsh is known for his toughness, but it’s an open question whether anyone can continue to think straight or maintain a sense of perspective without a break from work in so long.

Earn a leadership merit badge

February 14, 2011
If you think about it, the whole process of starting with learning the basics of any discipline and methodically working your way up to some level of mastery makes sense for undertakings far beyond Boy Scout merit badges.  It led me to consider, “If there were a merit badge for organizational leadership, what would the requirements be?”

Leadership Tips: Vol. 211

February 9, 2011
Putting the troops first: Capt. Bo Reynolds walked the talk this past Thanksgiving in Afghanistan. First, he came up with the idea of deep-frying a turkey for the Army’s 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Second, he got only a taste of the bird because he let his troops eat first …

Building upon relationship economics

February 4, 2011

What if Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard had never gone with friends on the two-week camping trip in Colorado that launched their friendship? Since you can never know which relationships will result in great partnerships or business deals, you can’t afford to dismiss any casual encounter as unimportant. Nurturing those encounters is a matter of relationship economics.

4 ways to beat procrastination

February 1, 2011

As people grapple with the urge to put things off, economists and psychologists have turned the study of procrastination into a significant field. And what have they discovered? That each of us is divided. If that’s true, simply trying harder to beat procrastination isn’t going to work. Here’s what will: