Leadership Development

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.

10 reasons your people hate you

May 14, 2010

Here’s a thought. Actually, here’s a dare from leadership blogger Mike Figliuolo in “10 Reasons Your Team Hates You (They Just Won’t Say It To Your Face).” Send this list to your employees. Tell them to circle any that apply to you. Take the top two and fix them.

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.

Lending a hand to younger leaders

May 13, 2010
In preparing the second edition of his book, The Next Level, leadership coach Scott Eblin will be offering new ways to handle specific situations and adding new perspectives on global business. Last year, Eblin met Frances Reimers, communications and program manager for Sister Cities International, who has great advice for young professionals moving into leadership:

12 ways to burnish your leadership

April 12, 2010

Whether or not the marketplace has you feeling backed into a corner, ask yourself several strategic questions. For starters: What’s the most important thing? There’s no right or wrong answer, but your market may have changed. Spot it and hit the reset button.

First step toward leadership: ownership

April 12, 2010

One day at about 2 p.m., David Silverman had an “Aha!” moment. He and his two-person staff hadn’t eaten lunch yet. Silverman didn’t care about lunch. He was focused on their project, which for the first time felt like his project. For the first time, Silverman felt like an executive. In truth, however, he had taken only the first step toward leadership: ownership.

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.”

You can be a better leader than you are

March 17, 2010

Joseph Plumeri, chairman and chief executive of insurance brokerage Willis Group Holdings, once was a command-and-control leader. “Being too exciting and too motivational is overbearing, and it turns people off,” he says. So he revamped his leadership style to focus on collaboration and debate.

Leadership Tips: Vol. 310

March 12, 2010

Do you have the latest must-have CEO accessory? Aflac president and COO Paul Amos II is among the leaders benefiting from a chief of staff … Motivate a team to produce the desired results by providing them with feedback that goes beyond “what?” “when?” “who?” and “how?” Ask “why?” more often. It’s well worth it, even when time-consuming, says executive Terry Starbucker, who pens the TerryStarbucker.com blog.