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The Making of a Corporate Athlete

The Making of a Corporate Athlete

Some executives thrive under pressure.Others wilt. Is the reason all in their heads? Hardly. Sustained high achievement demands physical and emotional strength as well as a sharp intellect. To bring mind, body, and spirit to peak condition, executives need to learn what world-class athletes already know: recovering energy is as important as expending it.

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Promise-Based Management: The Essence of Execution

Promise-Based Management: The Essence of Execution

Managers have a full set of tools for translating strategy into action. They can redraw their organization charts, redesign their business processes, realign employee incentives, or build sophisticated IT systems to track performance. Nevertheless, critical initiatives stall, and important work goes undone. Emerging business opportunities fall by the wayside or, even worse, into the hands of more agile competitors.

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Leadership Is a Conversation

Leadership Is a Conversation

The command-and-control approach to management has in recent years become less and less viable. Globalization, new
technologies, and changes in how companies create value and interact with customers have sharply reduced the efficacy of a purely directive, top-down model of leadership. What will take the place of that model? Part of the answer lies in how leaders manage communication within their organizations—that is, how they handle the flow of information to, from, and among their employees. Traditional corporate communication must give way to a process that is more dynamic and more sophisticated. Most important, that process must be conversational.

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Power and Love

Power and Love

Our two most common ways of trying to address our toughest social challenges are the extreme ones: aggressive war and submissive peace. Neither of these ways works. We can try, using our guns or money or votes, to push through what we want, regardless of what others want—but inevitably the others push back. Or we can try not to push anything on anyone—but that leaves our situation just as it is.

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10 Things Super Successful People Do To Stay Calm

10 Things Super Successful People Do To Stay Calm

TalentSmart surveyed over 1 million people to find out what the most successful people do to stay calm under stress. You can read the full article at Forbes. Bradberry’s research concludes that we need some stress in our lives. Just make sure those stressful episodes don’t last too long.

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Social Intelligence & the Biology of Leadership

Social Intelligence & the Biology of Leadership

IN 1998, ONE OF US, DANIEL GOLEMAN, published in these pages his first article on emotional intelligence and leadership. The response to “What Makes a Leader?” was enthusiastic. People throughout and beyond the business community started talking about the vital role that empathy and self-knowledge play in effective leadership. The concept of emotional intelligence continues to occupy a prominent space in the leadership literature and in everyday coaching practices. But in the past five years, research in the emerging field of social neuroscience – the study of what happens in the brain while people interact – is beginning to reveal subtle new truths about what makes a good leader.

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How Will You Measure Your Life

How Will You Measure Your Life

A theory that is helpful in answering the second question—How can I ensure that my relationship with my family proves to be an enduring source of happiness? — concerns how strategy is defined and implemented. Its primary insight is that a company’s strategy is determined by the types of initiatives that management invests in.

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