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"Black Hawk Down": Leading in Crisis
Crisis leadership came the hard way for U.S. Army Colonel Thomas Matthews, who led the Task Force Ranger mission in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993. Matthews shared his hard lessons at the Leadership, Values, and Spirituality Forum at Harvard Business School.
Publication: Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge
A Blueprint for Strategic Leadership
To build an organization in which executives will flourish, the best leaders pay close attention to the design of the elements around them. They articulate a lucid purpose, create effective leadership teams, prioritize their initiatives carefully, redesign organizational structures, and, most importantly, integrate all these tactics into one coherent strategy.
Publication: Strategy+Business
A Lesson for the Gimes: Learning from Quiet Leaders
Bold strokes and a powerful personality are the defining qualities of a heroic leader. But shunning the spotlight, the quiet leader works, circumspect and practical, to transform, inspire – and win.
Publication: Ivey Business Journal
Carly Fiorina: Heed Your Internal Compass
While it is important to garner support for your business decisions, the most difficult decisions are ones you make on your own, said Carly Fiorina, the chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, in a talk at Harvard Business School.
Publication: Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge
Deepak Chopra on the Soul of Leadership
Deepak Chopra, author of the best-selling books Perfect Health, The Path to Love, and Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, and a leader in the field of mind/body medicine, delivered the M”bius Leadership Forum keynote address to an over-capacity crowd at Harvard Business. His message: A leader should be the symbolic soul of a community.
Publication: Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge
Disney's Practical Magic
Leading by advocating - or "nudging" as he calls it - is one of four key strategies Disney CEO Michael Eisner relies on to challenge and inspire employees in the Disney entertainment empire. In this excerpt from his interview in the Harvard Business Review, Eisner discusses the art of creating a leader's practical magic.
Publication: Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge
Does Spirituality Drive Success?
Is there a place for spirituality in the workplace? Executives from Silicon Valley to Boston tell how they twine their business leadership with religious and personal values.
Publication: Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge
Five Missteps to Avoid When Times are Turbulent
Yes, there is plenty of uncertainty in the current environment that can cloud strategic judgment. But there is much more clarity by experts on one subject: what companies should not do now. Here's what they say.
Publication: Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge
Four Keys of Enduring Success: How High Achievers Win
What is success to you? HBS professor Howard Stevenson offers insights from research he and HBS senior research fellow Laura Nash are conducting on the meaning of success for high achievers.
Publication: Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge
From Tigers to Kaleidoscopes: Thinking About Future Leadership
What's up for leaders next year and in the next century? HBS faculty members Linda A. Hill, Christopher A. Bartlett, and Rosabeth Moss Kanter offer new insights in Management 21C: Someday We'll All Manage This Way, a new collection about 21st century leadership.
Publication: Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge
Handling the Hurt: A Critical Skill for Leaders
By their being and their actions, thoughtful, empathetic leaders can create an emotionally healthy and energized workplace. Such leaders know how to dissipate the toxins that demoralize and even tyrannize people. They also know how to do so while, at the same time, leading the company to achieve its business and social goals. They’ve got one of the most valuable skills a great leader can have.
Publication: Ivey Business Journal
Happy Tales: The CEO as Storyteller
If you want to motivate your employees, tell them a story, but not just any story. A Harvard Business Review conversation with screenwriting coach Robert McKee.
Publication: Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge
High-Stakes Decision Making: The Lessons of Mount Everest
On May 10, 1996, five mountaineers from two teams perished while climbing Mount Everest. Is there anything business leaders can learn from the tragedy? HBS professor Michael A. Roberto used the tools of management to find out. Plus: Q&A with Michael Roberto
Publication: Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge
How New Managers Become Great Managers
Newly minted managers must commit themselves to lifelong self-improvement. Read an excerpt from HBS professor Linda A. Hill's update of her classic, Becoming a Manager.
Publication: Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge
How the U.S. Army Develops Leaders
Leadership development in the U.S. Army has ramifications beyond American borders. In this e-mail interview, HBS professor Scott A. Snook, a retired Army colonel, describes how military leaders grow. Plus: Book excerpt
Publication: Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge
How Tough Times Shape Good Leaders
Adversity brings out the best in real leaders, say Warren G. Bennis, an HBS professor, and Robert J. Thomas. In this e-mail interview and excerpt from their new book, Geeks and Geezers: How Era, Values, and Defining Moments Shape Leaders, they explain how that works.
Publication: Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge
Keep Your Big Head in Check
Too many leaders let power go to their heads. A social psychologist explains how to keep your feet on the ground in this excerpt from Harvard Business Review.
Publication: Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge
Leaders as Strategic Communicators
When it comes to communicating effectively, leaders must not only be mindful that less is more but that strategy trumps tactics. These co-authors, professors and communications consultants, argue that leaders are more than willing to communicate, but that they too often approach the task on a tactical rather than strategic level. Moreover, these same leaders may use every medium and format available, but they rarely co-ordinate their use and deploy them selectively. Four steps taken - assessing the context, crafting the strategy, implementing the strategy and provoking the dialogue - will enable leaders to deliver messages that are clear, effective and achieve their goals.
Publication: Ivey Business Journal
Leadership Cults and Cultures
An essential part of a leader's job is to become dispensable through creating a culture of leadership that extends throughout the organization.
Publication: Leader to Leader
Leadership in the Bush White House
What kind of leader is George W. Bush? Harvards David Gergen assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the President's command-and-control style.
Publication: Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge
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