Bruce Bochy, manager for the San Francisco Giants, knows his players perform best when they aren't operating from a place of fear or self-doubt. "I want our players to know that through all the frustrations, disappointments, victories, and celebrations I care about them as people," he says.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discusses his creative process, his sometimes destructive need to express his vision and the recent realization that he tried to find father figures in music executives for most of his career. "I'm a believer that mastery in the arts requires both an ability to lean into the emotional quality but to have mastery over it," he says.
Leaders should treat people respectfully even "when no one is looking" and make amends when they fall short, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. One example Baldoni notes is a CEO who made small talk before presentations a way of welcoming and encouraging younger staff.
Management can spend more time with individual team members by restricting full team meetings to twice a month, writes Terry Lipovski, founder of Ubiquity, a global executive coaching firm. "This monthly meeting cadence can help you cut back on long, boring, unnecessary meetings and focus on building the relationships your team depends on to thrive," he writes.
Companies become more agile when organizational structure transitions from top-down initiatives to smaller groups representative of all the staff and managers who touch a project, writes Maria Guadalupe, who co-wrote a case study on the bank ING. These groups collaborate on customer expectations, understanding that the bar for customer service is set by other industries and not their peers, she writes.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letters are not just for shareholders but for anyone who wants to see how to build an inspiring company, say leaders such as Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya. "[Bezos'] letters are a strict reminder to stick to the basics and that you need to keep things simple, but long-term," Palihapitiya says.
The International Astronomical Union has named several craters and mountains on Pluto's largest moon, Charon, after notable figures from mythology and science fiction, including Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear Hawaii's case against President Donald Trump's travel ban restricting the US entry of people from several Muslim-majority nations. Hawaii argues the ban unconstitutionally discriminates against Muslims and is an overreach of the president's executive powers.
Leaders and employees alike will be more motivated if there's a clearly stated purpose to their work beyond profits and a marketing slogan, write John Izzo and Jeff Vanderwielen. Reiterate the company's value to the community and/or society as a whole during meetings, hiring and decision-making, they write.
WPP founder Martin Sorrell is no longer CEO after he and the board reached an agreement to settle undisclosed allegations of misconduct. Sorrell left Saatchi & Saatchi to build WPP into an empire known more for acquiring whatever it needed rather than inventing it, writes Ken Auletta in what he calls "a professional obituary for Sorrell."