After decades of performing live, Bruce Springsteen still manages to keep his fans engaged and his band on their toes, writes Scott Eblin, because he's willing to try new things while maintaining a consistent set of values.
Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, has a reputation for having one of the soundest business minds in the NFL. Kraft makes a point of flying other NFL executives across the U.S. on his personal jet so that he can discuss strategy with them, and is well known in the league and beyond for his energetic, problem-solving leadership style. "He understands the power of brand and the power of bringing good business discipline to everything he's done," says Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, a longtime acquaintance.
"Undermanagement" is a common problem in the workforce, and it's damaging productivity and morale, Bruce Tulgan writes. He shares his tips for getting the right kind of attention from your boss, including several traps to avoid. Among them: The notion that you should be loyal to your boss in the hopes of advancing with her. "This approach is stuck in the outmoded view that supervisory relationships are simple, fixed, long-term and hierarchical. Most supervisory relationships today are often complex, shifting, short-term and transactional, so employees need to be prepared to adapt to the many bosses they are likely to have over time," Tulgan writes.
All leaders have weaknesses, observes Scott Eblin, but not all flaws are created equal. Poor leaders tend to be self-satisfied, insular and uninspired, one recent survey found. But Eblin notes that in his experience, promising executives' bad habits tend to revolve around time management.
Companies with highly political corporate cultures often have trouble getting employees to take risks and be creative, observes Nolan Bushnell. Among his tips to prod them along: Try asking for ideas about how a competitor might innovate over the next five years.