Career Management

Is the Internet dumbing you down?

July 9, 2010
You may remember a stir about two years ago over whether the Internet is “making us stupid.” Now that question is being explored in long form, through a book that looks into the issue. And a book is just the point.

Is it time to reorder your thinking?

June 14, 2010
New research shows that middle-age minds can stay sharp—and keep getting sharper—if their owners give themselves mental challenges. One important way to keep your brain cells hopping is to challenge your assumptions. That’s easier said than done—especially now, when it’s so easy for anyone to retreat into a community of like-minded people. But if you want to stay on top, you must.

The value of strengthening your skills

June 5, 2010
A statewide leadership program in Kansas is training people how to get things done. Bob Sage is a case in point. Promoted to police chief of Rose Hill in 2002, he wanted to learn new ways to teach and lead. “Cops are alpha males, and everyone is trying to be leader of the pack,” he says. “You tend to have a real dominant personality.” The Kansas Community Leadership Initiative taught him different ways people learn and various approaches to lead them.

Leadership Tips: Vol. 610

May 17, 2010
Pull audience members’ attention away from their BlackBerrys by asking a lot of questions, says Shaun Rein, managing director of China Market Research Group … How did Apple sell more than $150 million worth of iPads on the product’s launch day? It spent 25 years earning the privilege of delivering personal and relevant messages to their customers, says blogger and author Seth Godin …

Getting a taste of leadership

May 14, 2010

William Johnson, the man who oversees H.J. Heinz, the $10 billion food company, may taste 300 to 400 products in development during a given year. But he’s usually the last person to taste a product, and he doesn’t even have a vote. “I’ve never believed in the rule of the ‘golden tongue,’” he says.

How 4 top companies mold leaders

May 14, 2010

In the never-ending quest for who is really developing raw talent, Fortune magazine, along with HR consulting firm Hewitt Associates and HR services firm RBL Group, created a system to rate the world’s largest companies. In choosing their top 25 firms, judges found that the best organizations go beyond the basics in developing strong leaders and come up with new ways to test employees.

As CEO of Cleveland Clinic, surgeon operates smoothly

April 12, 2010

Policymakers can learn plenty about health care from Delos Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, a hospital consistently ranked as one of the best in the world. Business leaders also can learn from the longtime surgeon who walks the talk on diet and exercise and took a crash course in management to transition to CEO. Here are a few of Cosgrove’s secrets:

The Clear Button will save your sanity!

April 1, 2010

“There is a tool that provides a shortcut to becoming quietly engaged, fully present,” writes Don Joseph Goewey in his book The End of Stress. “It’s called the Clear Button Tool.”

Stand out from the crowd via LinkedIn

February 12, 2010

Facebook and Twitter may be getting all the attention, but you still need to pay attention to LinkedIn. LinkedIn is important precisely because it is so stodgy and predictable as a business tool. Here’s how to work it:

Forced out? Maybe it’s a good thing

December 11, 2009

Imagine being at the top of your career, then very publicly and unceremoniously fired. It happened to Jeffrey Katzenberg, when, as a studio head at The Walt Disney Co., the company forced him to resign. As painful as it was, though, it was one of the most valuable lessons of his career. Why?