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Archive: January 3, 2010 - January 9, 2010

Doing smarter with less

Fewer resources make all of the basics even more important: focusing on strategy, nurturing talent, insisting on accountability.

By Bill Shore | January 8, 2010; 4:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Five 'musts' for leaders

You are not alone. Abandon the dangerous delusion that you alone can solve the problem with one wave of the wand.

By Warren Bennis | January 8, 2010; 6:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Grown-up rewards

If all else fails in motivating your people, follow my wife's advice and give them chocolate!

By Ed O'Malley | January 7, 2010; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (6)

The engaged leader

It is direct engagement - not memos, emails and videos - that spawns empowerment and innovation.

By Bill George | January 7, 2010; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Get'er done'

Highly successful leaders are those with the ability to build teams that can meet and conquer challenges.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | January 6, 2010; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Start with gratitude

Employers should not only express their appreciation and debt to employees but also make good on that debt when business improves.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | January 6, 2010; 1:46 PM ET | Comments (2)

Distributed leadership

Leaders need to be visible, tell the truth, say what they know, and what they don't know, and say it over and over again.

By Deborah Ancona | January 6, 2010; 5:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Setting the example

Harry Truman got right to the point when he said, "A leader is someone who can get other people to do what they don't want to do and like it."

By Patricia McGinnis | January 6, 2010; 5:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fewer followers, better results

Managers vastly overestimate the incremental value of additional hires and underestimate the cost.

By Roger Martin | January 6, 2010; 5:32 AM ET | Comments (45)

Why do we work?

Assembly-line workers during World War II were highly motivated because they were helping to win the war. The same work in peace time would be boring.

By Michael Maccoby | January 6, 2010; 5:21 AM ET | Comments (3)

Don't forget hope

People need to feel that the corner will be turned and that conditions won't always be so difficult.

By Yash Gupta | January 5, 2010; 9:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Kindergarten lesson

In a time when external rewards, like bonuses, may be in short supply, internal motivation will be key.

By Coro Fellows | January 5, 2010; 6:20 AM ET | Comments (10)

Winning over the troops

At Agincourt, Shakespeare's King Henry V motivated his 6,000 exhausted, starving men by binding them together as a group and hitching their efforts to a higher cause.

By Ken Adelman | January 5, 2010; 6:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

The scientific method

Execute, learn, modify, improve, and accelerate.

By John H. Cochran, MD | January 5, 2010; 6:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Well-managed chaos

If cost cutting wrapped up the last decade, this decade should be launched by innovation, stimulated by the friction of diversity.

By Beth A. Brooke | January 5, 2010; 5:59 AM ET | Comments (1)

Motivation from within

Leaders, recognize that the ultimate motivation for your employees and followers comes from inside them - not inside you.

By Marshall Goldsmith | January 5, 2010; 5:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Alternative rewards

With increased work and no additional pay, leaders must be creative in finding other ways to reward good employees.

By Bob Schoultz | January 5, 2010; 5:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

No ostriches, no elephants

Leadership begins with honestly understanding employees' feelings and honoring those concerns with consistent, direct communications.

By Barry Salzberg | January 5, 2010; 5:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

Got your game on?

Even the finest Kentucky Derby winner needs food, water, rest and encouragement.

By Alaina Love | January 5, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Coaching your team

Small to medium-size businesses are carrying the brunt of the recession, and 2010 will continue to be a challenge for most of us.

By Gen. John Batiste (Ret.) | January 4, 2010; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

The magic of fellowship

Soldiers do not fight and die for abstract concepts, but will go to extraordinary lengths for their buddies.

By George Reed | January 4, 2010; 2:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mission and metrics

Hopefully you right-sized your organization last year. Now's the time to focus followers on your common mission.

By Andy Stern | January 4, 2010; 2:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lean thinking

If all you want to do is cut costs, then you don't need a leader; you need an accountant.

By Robert Bruner | January 4, 2010; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (9)

Invest in development

At GE we invested more money and time in leadership development as we laid people off.

By Noel M. Tichy | January 4, 2010; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's that light?

Employees need to see there is light at the end of the tunnel and that it's not a train.

By David Walker | January 4, 2010; 1:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

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