Character

5 traits of an effective CEO

April 23, 2015
Veteran businessman Norm Brodsky suggests five criteria necessary to excel as a true leader.

When authenticity should not be a thing

March 27, 2015

“Authentic” has been a buzzword for a while now. Here are a few reasons why being authentic isn’t always the best policy.

Hack attack: Outgoing CEO takes the heat

March 20, 2015
Over Labor Day weekend, Frank Blake could finally relax. After seven hard-charging years as CEO of Home Depot, he had announced in August 2014 that he’d retire and his chosen successor, Craig Menear, would take over as CEO on Nov. 1. But on Tuesday morning, Blake was stunned to learn that Home Depot’s computers had been hacked …

Hang tough and follow through

March 5, 2015
During a recent Q&A, actor Kevin Costner offered his rules for living.

Time to adjust the leadership thermostat?

February 3, 2015
Are you a thermometer or a thermostat at work?

You can learn to get a grip

January 27, 2015

As a leader, you want to stay cool in a crisis, but overthinking is still the classic way to choke—a way known all too well by professional athletes. You can go from being hamstrung by fear to being impelled by it, but it takes work.

To stay humble, look to Pope Francis

January 24, 2015
Minutes after Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in March 2013, he showed his humility. Meeting other cardinals as pope for the first time, he chose not to stand on a platform that would force him to lord over his former peers…

Love your patrons like David Sedaris

January 1, 2015
When he lived in Chicago, humorist David Sedaris went to a book signing and bought a hardcover that cost a lot of money. His interaction with the author was a wake-up call.

Kobe Bryant and the ‘ugliness of greatness’

December 30, 2014

Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant believes you can count on “three fingers, maybe” the number of NBA players in the game now who burn with the same intensity he does. Identifying kindred spirits is a pastime of his.

7 traits of a good leader

December 9, 2014

Labeling leadership traits as “masculine” or “feminine” is just a mental shortcut based on popular culture, not facts. We keep taking the shortcut because it’s easy, but these traits, traditionally associated with women, can help anyone lead.