Focus on the ‘what’

June 6, 2011
George Patton became a superb battlefield commander by focusing on what, not how. Patton viewed planning as only 5% of a leader’s job. The rest, he said, consisted of monitoring and executing the plan through your officers.
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It takes a village … and desire

June 3, 2011
The kids on the small floating village of Koh Panyee in Thailand had a problem: Though their village held not an inch of soil, they were determined to start a soccer team and play the game they spent hours watching on television … Now the Panyee Football Club is regarded as one of South­ern Thailand’s best soccer teams.
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Give freedom plus responsibility

June 2, 2011
T.A. McCann, vice president of research and development at Research in Motion, advises letting your people run their own show. He recommends: 1. Making everyone CEOs. 2. Holding them accountable. 3. Keeping teams small and agile.
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Leadership Tips: Vol. 611

June 1, 2011
Don’t assume the United States has a lock on innovation. Many top U.S. inventors—Edison, Ford, Farnsworth—refined ideas from abroad. So while it’s true that some cultures are more conforming and less open to trial-and-error than ours, it’s also true there’s no guarantee of leadership.
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Teamwork on the moon

May 25, 2011
It took Apollo 12 astronauts Alan Bean and Pete Conrad exactly two tries to figure out the equation for teamwork on the lunar surface. Lesson: Teamwork takes practice. Don’t expect it to go perfectly the first time.
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The science of achieving goals

May 24, 2011
People set goals all the time, but the ma­jority end up unfulfilled or abandoned. Mark Murphy, founder and CEO of Leadership IQ and author of Hard Goals, tells us about the secret to getting from where you are to where you want to be.
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Foster teamwork by sharing financials

May 19, 2011

One thing that binds the Zappos team together is an openness with numbers. It shares vital signs not just on the team level, but across the entire company. What are the tenets of a team culture that values such broadcasts?

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Would Joe Biden doze in your meetings?

May 17, 2011
Vice President Joe Biden isn’t the only one who has dozed during an important moment. Sen. John McCain nodded off during George W. Bush’s State of the Union address in 2007. And in recent weeks, several air traffic controllers have been busted for sleeping on the job. To avoid leading a meeting that would put someone to sleep, drop the PowerPoint.
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How to beat the other team

May 3, 2011
How do great leaders get organizations to achieve the extraordinary? For starters, they stay focused directly on their customers, not on the competition.
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Coach Brown wins old-school style

May 2, 2011
Larry Brown is one of the few guys who successfully coached both college and pro basketball: the Denver Nuggets, UCLA and the New York Knicks. For starters, he’s old-school: stubborn, passionate and tough on know-it-alls.
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