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Managing the 'Van Halen effect' in companies

The lessons of Van Halen, Iverson and Nokia? Organizations need both high-achieving superstars and productive teams in order to prevail. And they can't allow one to compromise the other. As a manager, there are several things you can do to help achieve this.

By Lillian Cunningham | December 13, 2010; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (15)

The antidote to cynicism

The first and arguably the most important lesson for leaders is to ask a different question. That is, instead of asking whether we can enact our values in a particular situation, the committed leader can ask how we can enact our organizational and personal values. This simple shift transforms the conversation from one of fearfulness and constraint to one of innovation and creative thinking.

By Ian Saleh | September 8, 2010; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

NYC mosque: Rising to the challenge of dialogue

When you observe, move just slightly above the fray and, in this case, see the destruction of the twin towers and the building of a mosque as metaphors, it provokes the question: What is a leader to do; what are we all to do? The answer is simple and complex; partly because...

By Tracy Grant | September 1, 2010; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (2)

Three myths about vacation and productivity

n creative and intellectual industries, pulling power for tomorrow contributes more to share-price than today's productivity. So what employers really care about is knowing that you'll stay committed, regardless of whether you're at the office or on the beach. The insightful sociologist Mark Suchman once told me of a billboard that bothered him. It showed a woman lounging on a beach chair typing away on her laptop. The caption read: "In the office of the future, there will be no office." Suchman said: "While my eyes read the caption accurately, my brain offered a mischievous - but truer - reading: In the vacation of the future, there is no vacation."

By Ian Saleh | August 20, 2010; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (16)

Of course you need a vacation

The truth of the matter is that intense physical, intellectual and emotional demands imposed by high-level work simply do not permit an easy cycle between professional tasks and personal relaxation. In juggling work relationships and relationships outside of work each can suffer from obligations imposed by the other. A little vacation time - however you can get it - might be just what you need to rejuvenate, and re-set priorities and commitments.

By Ian Saleh | August 20, 2010; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (2)

Employee happiness, the new bottom line

Come to think of it, all the firms who succeeded for their shareholders did so because they were succeeding with their employees, there was not a single one where the leadership was so rarely seen that it could have gone undercover, or where line workers were so rarely heard that it was necessary.

By Ian Saleh | July 13, 2010; 04:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

How to give up power and get more done

Would you give up some of your authority and responsibility if it resulted in accomplishing more? That's what's happened at Cisco, and here's how it works.

By Andrea Useem | July 13, 2010; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Health leadership: Be a mountain-climbing CEO

Working Americans spend half their waking hours on the job. So how can we possibly fix America's health woes if business and industry leaders don't become actively involved?

By Ian Saleh | June 7, 2010; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Four questions to make policy stick

If you want rules and policies to stick, make sure you workplace culture is not undermining your goals. Here are four questions to help turn around a negative culture.

By Andrea Useem | December 18, 2009; 06:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

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