Career Management

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?

Making the most of 2 billion heartbeats

December 11, 2009

Lauretta Hannon dithered around in safe jobs for nearly 20 years before taking the plunge in the career she really wanted, as a writer. Hanging onto the security of a steady paycheck is a fear that’s hard to overcome, she rationalized. She knows that life is full of losses, but she also knows that every living creature gets about 2 billion heartbeats, so we need to make the most of them.

Inspirational leadership: 3 attributes leaders need

December 1, 2009

Few large organizations doubt their own ability to survive the downturn, says leadership consultant John Baldoni, but sadly, few of their top executives possess the kind of vision and inspiration needed to move beyond survival—to “thrival.” In other words, the financials are acceptable, but the leadership is lacking. And right now, leadership is what we need.

Career audits: Does the job work for you?

April 1, 2008
Every year, you probably receive (or help write) your performance evaluation. But have you evaluated your job lately? Workplace coach Joan Lloyd suggests asking yourself these questions annually:

Will you let good ideas bubble up?

November 1, 2007
See whether you can relax enough to let your team innovate. Heres a business consultants list of questions titled Confessions of a Control Freak.Ask yourself how self-assured you actually are:

These 6 career missteps await

June 1, 2006
Executive coach Debra Benton, author of How to Think Like a CEO, identifies these six common behaviors as career-killers.

Candor: Apply with extreme caution

December 1, 2005
If you’ve ever caught yourself saying— a bit defensively—“I was just being honest,” rest assured that you’re not the only person to have offended a colleague, customer or staff member with your candor. But effective leaders smooth out the rough edges of their candor, with these techniques.