Archive: September 7, 2008 - September 13, 2008

Revenge of the Banking Nerds

Bye-bye Lehman Brothers. Another venerable financial institution is on the verge of being sold off, piecemeal, like an auction at the estate of some eccentric billionaire who had recently lost his mind. The Fed's suggesting that it will neither use...

By Scott Berinato | September 12, 2008; 9:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

How to Manage Your Career in a Changing Business Landscape

Lifetime careers inside a single company have become virtually extinct. And career ladders can crumble instantly after an acquisition or restructuring. How to map out your career track amid these seismic shifts? Understand current trends in executive career paths. Then...

By Editors | September 12, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Three Ways to Distinguish Yourself from Rivals

If your company does a lot of benchmarking, you may be perpetuating "competitive convergence," whereby players become less and less distinguishable from each other. To avoid this outcome, articulate your "strategic positioning"--the ways in which you perform different activities from...

By Editors | September 11, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Social Intelligence and the Biology of Leadership

Leadership and management ideas come and go. They may involve some number of habits or sigmas, or some TLA (the three-letter acronym for the term "three-letter acronym.") Managers' bookshelves are littered with BPMs and BPRs. But a few business ideas...

By Scott Berinato | September 10, 2008; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Build a Compelling Vision for Your Company

Some companies' visions are durable and eternally inspiring. Others' are empty muddles that get revised with every passing business fad and that never prompt anything more than a yawn. To build the good kind of vision, do two things: 1)...

By Editors | September 10, 2008; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Are You Using the Right Leadership Style -- At the Right Time?

The most successful leaders excel at five emotional intelligence competencies: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill. These competencies combine in different ways to create distinctive leadership styles. Master the styles, and you can flexibly switch among them as circumstances...

By Editors | September 9, 2008; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fannie, Freddie and a Dearth of Leadership

So the markets are giddy about the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Of course they are. Taxpayers are footing the bill, and that makes businesses happy. I liked Steven Pearlstein's column about the bailout, which points out to...

By Scott Berinato | September 8, 2008; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (6)

Show Followers You're Human -- Warts and All

In these "empowered" times, followers are hard to find--unless you're a leader who excels at capturing people's hearts, minds, and spirits. How do you do that? One way is to reveal your weaknesses. No one wants to work with a...

By Editors | September 8, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

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