Strategic Leadership

Are we geniuses after all?

September 2, 2013
Michael Shermer, a contributor to Scientific American and founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, is deeply skeptical of a popular theory that wildly successful “outliers” are mainly the objects of good fortune.

Turning transparency into action

August 29, 2013
Mark Leslie ran two firms before becoming chairman and CEO of Veritas Soft­­ware in 1990. He knew from experience that when senior executives make deci­­sions based on shared information with their employees, it decreases office politics and helps everyone buy into the company’s strategy.

Separating great leaders from also-rans

August 27, 2013
The best leaders listen well, deliver great speeches and show decisiveness when it counts. But that’s not all. Superior leaders demonstrate subtle skills that set them apart.

Want to change the culture? Try a movie

August 22, 2013
To motivate 200,000 employees in 10,000 branches to work together and innovate, Om Prakash Bhatt, the chairman of State Bank of India, convened 25 senior managers for a five-day retreat. He opened the meeting by showing “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” a movie about a golfer who loses his swing and then learns to regain it.

Set the tone for others to follow

August 19, 2013
As a management consultant, Patrick Lencioni often sees leaders model the wrong kind of behavior. He once observed a sorry spectacle that shows what happens when a disingenuous boss sets the wrong tone.

UPS looks back to go forward

August 16, 2013
In the late 1990s, UPS executives realized that the company’s model wasn’t working. To explain large-scale innovations, they turned to breakthroughs of the past: from bicycle deliveries to trucks, from ground service to air freight, from paper tracking to a web-based system.

Leadership Tips: Vol. 813

August 14, 2013
Ask yourself questions to describe the future you want … Use a general’s formula for deciding when to press a point … Go boldly, as Davy Crockett did.

Persuade skeptics with ‘Imagine This’

August 13, 2013
In 1985, Steve Jobs launched a computer firm called NeXT. He set ambitious goals at NeXT to serve the higher education market, but that meant he needed to recruit a top-notch technical team to his new company. In his efforts to woo Steve Mayer, a video engineer who had co-founded Atari Corp., Jobs pulled out all the stops.

Eisenhower’s toughest decision

August 8, 2013
On June 2, 1944, all the pieces were in place for the largest amphibious assault in world history. Planning for D-Day fell to Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower. The only unknown? The weather. How did he make one of the most consequential decisions in history?

Show leadership the ‘first 10 days’

August 8, 2013
Given the general acceleration of things, the “first 100 days” as a measure of an executive’s effectiveness, first used in 1933, has sped up. So how would that work for a new CEO?