Strategic Leadership

Ulysses S. Grant picked his battles

December 12, 2008

Even in his youth, Ulysses S. Grant picked his battles. Arriving at West Point to study, he decided against arguing with the adjutant about his own name (actually Hiram Ulysses) and accepted the name given to him in a mix-up, realizing it would serve him better than the initials H.U.G.

How well do you know your enemy?

May 1, 2007
Help your team know all they can about their competitors. Here are three strategies worth trying.

Why it’s hard to admit you’re off track

April 1, 2007
Leadership consultant Antony Bell tells this story to show the stubbornness of our assumptions: what psychologists and scientists call our “paradigms.”

5 ways to hack a market

November 1, 2006
Cut through the fog of innovation by following these five principles to bring new products and services to market.

Keep your people motivated during a company crisis

June 26, 2006
It’s not the end of the world, but to your employees, it feels like it could be. How you handle times of trouble for your company will decide whether or not your people come out unscathed.

8 guidelines for new ventures

June 1, 2006
8 things to keep in mind.

These 6 career missteps await

June 1, 2006
Executive coach Debra Benton, author of How to Think Like a CEO, identifies these six common behaviors as career-killers.

The dangers of hasty decision-making

December 1, 2005
While it’s true that any decision is better than no decision, it’s also true that entrepreneurs have created a myth that all decisions have to be made quickly.

6 slump-beaters for a really rainy day

September 1, 2005
  Even upbeat, energetic people have slumps. You can pull yourself out of one with a little wisdom and these tactics.

A lesson on how to leave a room

February 1, 2005
We’ll never know the whole story, but at the inauguration of John Adams as second U.S. president, George Washington once again proved himself astute in the art of leadership.