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How To Be An Effective Leader & Manager

The One Minute Manager, was written more than 25 years ago. Pause for a moment and think about the changes in the world in the past 25 years. It is a bit mind boggling when you consider the depth and complexity of transformation to our everyday lives. The world has changed and the world of work has certainly changed with it. There are six categories we can glance at that tell the story pretty well: 1.

The Storm Leading The Economic Crisis

The US economy is apparently in bad shape. What is less clear is how we came here. Opinions differ as to when and where the story begins, but many experts are tracking the origins of the current economic bubble on the real estate bubble that emerged at the beginning of the decade. Housing prices rose more than 6 percent in 1999, rising rapidly and steadily over the decade, according to a Brookings Institution study. “After the

A Technological Showstopper (Not That You’d Ever Know It)

The appeal of the new Mercedes SL500 lies not in the growling V-8 or nifty retractable roof, but in the circuitry beneath the surface. Insight can arrive unexpectedly. In this instance, it came in the form of Abe, who owns the convenience store down the street, when I wheeled up in the latest ego-bomb from Mercedes: a slate-gray SL500 with a coolly sinister menace to its sledgelike profile. Abe loves cars and is always happy to
Management Minds: What Makes a Great Leader?

Management Minds: What Makes a Great Leader?

We locked two of the smartest management thinkers on earth in a room with each other (and 275 readers) and asked them this question. Here’s how they answered. These have not been the best of times for executives whose titles start with C. One after another, the alpha dogs of the late 1990s have been paraded before Congress, their reputations shot, their shareholders all but wiped out, and the corporations they led revealed as figments of

Right Now, the Only Capital That Matters Is Social Capital

Working for others — instead of merely for oneself — is what keeps employees motivated in the wake of tragedy. Randy Scott’s home phone rang at about 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11. His parents wanted to know if he was home in the San Francisco Bay Area or on the road, as he often is. They told him what was happening in New York, and he turned on the television. “I just stood there and

Finding a Deeper Meaning in Work

While it’s easy to get distracted by our crumbling economy and day-to-day concerns, we shouldn’t lose track of the bigger picture. Ah, September. End of summer. Back to school. And, of course, back to work. But this week, instead of the typical practical DLandroid24 advice, I’d like to reflect on a more lofty subject. (Don’t be frightened. In the next DL24 column, I’ll bring it back down to earth with “The Art of E-Mail.”) Now is
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