Strategic Leadership

A laugh a minute helps you lead

February 12, 2010

If you’ve been a fan of Executive Leadership, you know that leadership lessons may come from anywhere. Steve Cody, a public relations consultant who blogs as The Repman, says he’s learned five things about leadership from practicing stand-up comedy.

Guy Kawasaki’s golden rules

February 12, 2010

Guy Kawasaki made a name for himself as the second software “evangelist” at Apple Computer, convincing others to create software for the new Macintosh from 1983 to 1987.  He recently shared with students at Wharton’s business school his “Ten Commandments” for creating something of value for customers. While he advises to “ignore bozos,” he also admits to being a bozo himself—once making a decision that cost him $2 billion…

3 recessionary problems, 3 solutions

January 11, 2010

The waning days of this recession pose three particular problems: absentee leadership, changing cultures and underperforming employees. Here are three solutions, adapted from “Leading during a downturn”:

Leadership lesson: Why lead when you can slink away?

January 11, 2010

Nobody said managing poor performers would be easy. So don’t manage them. Try these stranger-than-fiction methods of the truly cowardly. Example: Try “team-building.” Instead of working one-on-one with the source of trouble, drag the whole group into “team-building” in hopes that your poor performer will improve.

GM, retooling its leadership

January 11, 2010

Looks like General Motors plans to become even more aggressive in attempting a turnaround with the resignation of Frederick “Fritz” Henderson. The carmaker’s board sees Chairman Edward Whitacre, interim CEO and a former chief at AT&T, as a proactive outsider who has more experience with government oversight, mergers and acquisitions. GM also is looking outside for a new CEO—a dramatic cultural change.

Can AOL’s new CEO revive the brand?

January 11, 2010

Business gurus from Stephen Covey to Sam Walton have extolled the virtues of listening. Now, as AOL’s new CEO Tim Armstrong takes on the most difficult job in media today—reviving a dusty brand—he’s demonstrating the power of listening.

6 risk management mistakes

January 11, 2010

Here are six ways to guard against “black swan events,” those rare but catastrophic disasters that can take everything down with them, adapted from “The Six Mistakes Executives Make in Risk Management.”

Emotional intelligence: Turn regret into a positive force

December 11, 2009

Research from the University of Victoria shows that most people hold regret in high regard, partly because it helps them make sense of things and fix them. In a weird way, it also feels good. Advances in neuroscience show that we learn better with an emotional connection. Regret may help us grow. Three guidelines on using regret:

Why it was easy to like Ike

December 11, 2009

What made Dwight D. Eisenhower—who led the Allies to victory in World War II and won election as U.S. president in two landslides—such an inspirational leader? Former Eisenhower speechwriter James Humes tells this story:

Change management: Finding and leading your tribe

December 11, 2009

It’s not hard to find tribes. They’re all around us: in church, at work and in the community. They’ve existed for probably thousands of years, but thanks to the Internet, tribes—from red hats to coffee drinkers to sports fans—are now easily identified and led, says marketing guru Seth Godin. To lead a tribe, ask yourself three questions: