Leadership Development

Gordie Howe, the Great One’s great one

October 26, 2011
They called him Mr. Hockey for good reason. He was one of the sport’s icons. “If people someday compare me to Gordie Howe, it will be the biggest compliment they could pay me,” says Wayne Gretzky, who broke several of Howe’s records. “If you ask me about my idol, there’s just one: Gordie.” Howe offers this advice to leaders:

One way to predict the next ‘bubble’

October 21, 2011
Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and one of the biggest venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, finds MBA graduating classes to be a reliable contrary indicator.

Catching the big ones

October 12, 2011
Here’s some advice from a fly fishing guru, John Gierach: Reach for the best you can get right now.

Know your road warriors

October 4, 2011

A survey of 800 business travelers found five kinds of characters: 1. The veteran. 2. The road weary. 3. The wide-eyed and anxious. 4. The passionate. 5. The newbie.

Dress for first class

September 30, 2011
A passenger who checked in for an Air Canada flight was handed a first-class boarding pass even though he was an infrequent flier on a cheap ticket. Why? “Our station manager noticed how well-dressed you are and told me to up­­grade you,” the gate agent told him.

Can potential hires think on their feet?

September 8, 2011
For tough or oddball questions, it’s not whether job candidates get the right answers, but how they tackle the problems. Are they creative? Can they think on their feet?

Cole Porter: No complaints

September 7, 2011
You probably didn’t know that in 1937, a horse fell on musical genius Cole Porter, crushing both his legs. He was 46 years old. Through 35 operations and chronic pain, he retained a keen sense of humor and found inspiration everywhere.

Push forward for your team

August 4, 2011
Staff Sgt. Robert Miller was moving with his men through the Kunar province of Afghanistan when they were ambushed. Shot through both sides of his chest, he died before his teammates could extract him from the battle, saving his unit and killing 16 insurgents and wounding 30 others. Last year, his family was presented with his Medal of Honor.

Leadership Tips: Vol. 811

August 1, 2011
Plan a reverse elevator pitch: Every­body knows about the 30-­second “elevator speech” aspiring employees should have on hand when riding the elevator with head honchos. But do you have a snippet ready for times you’re confined in a small space with a subordinate or a visitor?

Remember the value of names

July 25, 2011
People’s names are for them the most important sound in the language. Take the case of business magnate Andrew Carnegie, who by the time he was age 10 had discovered the excessive value people place on their own names.