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Is an Unpredictable Leader Good for National Security?

August 3, 2017 Is unpredictability a virtue or a hindrance in the realm of national security? Since the election of Donald Trump, inquiring minds want to know. Some political commentators view volatility as an asset. This line of argument tends to invoke Richard Nixon’s “madman theory” of international relations, according to which adversaries...

Why Warmth Is the Underappreciated Skill Leaders Need

July 21, 2017 When it comes to success in leadership, there has never been just one playbook. Some leaders are extroverts, natural mentors, and charismatic speakers; others prefer to lead by example and take a more hands-off approach. There is, however, one simple fact that leaders ignore at their peril: those who demonstrate...

How the Army Recruits and Retains Millennials

June 14, 2017 The popular image of a “millennial” employee is an app-obsessed, T-shirt clad Googler. So perhaps it is not surprising that many conversations about how to recruit and lead millennials focus narrowly on young college graduates and the tech companies that hire them. But some employers must attract and manage a...

How Transparent Accounting Leads to Smarter Decisions

April 6, 2017 Based on insights from James Naughton. When you have good accounting, you make good decisions,” says Jim Naughton.“This is true for any organization in any sector.” Many Fortune 500 companies have learned the importance of transparency in financial disclosures—some of them the hard way. But the recent string of municipal...

Four Tips to Gain Influence in Your Organization

September 2, 2016 Let’s face it: few of us relish navigating politics in the workplace. Even the phrase “corporate politics” evokes power-hungry managers plotting their rise to the top. So it may be no surprise that many of us prefer to avoid the fray, trusting that our performance alone will lead to success...

Navigating the Multigenerational Workplace

May 22, 2015 Today’s workforce is more generationally diverse than ever before. With more professionals delaying retirement—either by choice or necessity—organizations now have employees from as many as four different generations working side by side. Soon, for the first time in history, a fifth generation will join the mix. For Nicholas Pearce, a...

Leaders Are Willing to Get Uncomfortable

May 13, 2015 Most leadership courses focus on how best to influence others—how to communicate more effectively, how to build successful teams, and how to motivate an organization to achieve a desired result. But for Harry Kraemer, a clinical professor of strategy at the Kellogg School and author of Becoming the Best: Build...