Archive: August 3, 2008 - August 9, 2008

Green Gets Complicated

Remember the good old days -- you know, 10 months ago -- when going green was simple and virtuous? Way back when ethanol was a good thing and a company could buy some carbon credits and feel good about itself?...

By Scott Berinato | August 8, 2008; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

How to Make a Mid-Career Change

Are you struggling to make a mid-career change? If so, jettison the traditional "plan and implement" approach, whereby you assess your interests, skills, and experience; identify appropriate jobs; consult others; and take the plunge. This approach mires you in introspection...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | August 8, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

To Lead Effectively, Know Your Company -- Inside and Out

The best leaders are "inside-outsiders": They've ascended within their organization, so they know the firm and its people. But they also have an outsider's objectivity -- seeing the need for radical change and understanding how to foster transformation. To develop...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | August 7, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Great Job, Bob. You're Fired.

Every time you think it's safe to get up and dust yourself off from this downturn, that you feel like you've endured the worst of it, another piece of news comes along to freshly bludgeon you. The latest is the...

By Scott Berinato | August 6, 2008; 3:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

How to Handle a Problem Employee

Got a problem employee? Don't try to "sell" your viewpoint to him. (Not everyone else thinks like you, and you can't change others.) Instead, use informal conversation to discern what drives him, what's blocking those drives, and what could happen...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | August 6, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

How to Spot Danger -- Before It's Too Late

Even well-run companies can get blindsided by disasters they should have anticipated, whether these disasters take the form of financial scandals, operational disruptions, or product failures. That's because many leaders remain oblivious to emerging threats. To anticipate predictable surprises, ask...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | August 5, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Have Business Leaders Failed Us?

From the current downturn, a meme has emerged that goes something like this: It's different this time. This bad economy feels worse than the ones before, this feels more uncertain and more permanent. Whether or not this is true, it...

By Scott Berinato | August 4, 2008; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Don't Ignore Your B Players

A company's B players -- competent, steady performers far from the limelight -- supply the stability, knowledge, and long-term view the firm needs to survive during tough times. Yet many executives, beguiled by star performers, ignore B players. Neglected, these...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | August 4, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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