Leadership Development

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…

Develop future leaders by lifting morale

January 22, 2015

When Doug Conant joined Campbell Soup Co. in 2001 as CEO, cheaper brands threatened the company’s future. Conant’s predecessor had raised prices, alienating many Campbell fans. Almost immediately, Conant detected a serious problem: morale.

Master the ability to focus

January 20, 2015
Besieged by information overload, executives often struggle to maintain their focus. This leads them to find ways to concentrate better so they can achieve creative breakthroughs.

Make feedback more meaningful

January 17, 2015
Young entrepreneurs were asked what they find valuable in performance feedback. What did they reveal?

Overcome barriers to listen better

January 7, 2015
Research shows that we tend to retain less than 10% of what we hear in a face to face conversation. Identify potential listening traps and take steps to avoid them.

Champion your mavericks

January 2, 2015
After a long career as a retail executive, Joe Scarlett retired in 2007. But he didn’t let his decades of knowledge go to waste; instead, he established the Scarlett Leadership Institute to help executives develop as leaders.

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.

How do you manage your time?

December 31, 2014

Only 9% of leaders say they’re satisfied with the way they spend time, according to a 2013 survey by ­McKinsey & Co. As for the rest of the executives polled—the ones who were less than satisfied—they fell into four time-management categories.

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.

Leadership Tips, Vol. 115

December 28, 2014
Know yourself … Discover your purpose … Avoid the mistake that one Microsoft exec recently made.