Walton built Walmart by listening

January 28, 2016

Some CEOs talk more than they listen. They bark orders, tell self-aggrandizing stories and show off their knowledge. True leaders prefer to extract knowledge from others. They ask questions in a friendly, engaging manner.

Leadership yin and yang drive success

January 27, 2016
If you ask Doug Tieman to describe his leadership style, he’ll give you two answers. When he wants to inspire employees to excel, he sees himself as a cheerleader. But when crises erupt and he seeks to reassure an anxious workforce, he acts like a mule skinner.

Delta takes flight again with new CEO

January 15, 2016
Like other airlines, Delta Air Lines was struggling to stay afloat after the 9/11 attacks disrupted air travel. They needed a new leader.

Thanks to a risky bet, Nike got on the right track

December 4, 2015

Everyone thought he was crazy. In 1984, Phil Knight took a huge risk by spending heavily on an endorsement deal with a then-unknown college basketball star. But Knight, who co-founded Nike in 1971, sensed the charisma of a star-in-the-making and jumped at the chance to sign him.

Advice from a millennial CEO

December 2, 2015
“Our generation wants to feel like they’re a part of something and participating in a bigger success, not just clocking in and clocking out,” says this 29-year-old leader. What’s his key to attracting great people?

Where Andrew Carnegie’s true wealth came from

November 9, 2015
What made Carnegie so successful? Here are some clues.

Love at first sip hooks Starbucks CEO

October 13, 2015

When the 29-year-old Howard Schultz first tasted a cup of Starbucks coffee, he couldn’t believe it. “I went outside whispering to my­­self, ‘Oh my gosh, what a wonderful business, what a wonderful city! I want to be a part of this,’” recalls Schultz, now the longtime CEO of Starbucks. He begged the founders for a job; at the time, Starbucks only consisted of a few Seattle stores …

Emotional ups and downs of being a CEO

September 14, 2015
South Korean native Tae Hea Nahm went through the ups and downs of an entrepreneur in founding Storm Ventures, a venture capital firm.

DNA pioneer made his own luck

August 23, 2015
A pioneer in molecular biology, Alexander Rich helped confirm the existence of DNA’s double helix, which opened doors to hybridization and biotechnology.

Dick’s leadership, great and small

August 21, 2015
It’s both the big picture and the little picture that have made Dick’s Sporting Goods a success since going public in 2002.