Despite the modern workplace's emphasis on teamwork, certain tasks, such as visioning and report writing, are better accomplished by an individual, writes Jim Taggart. When collaboration is required, leadership should provide teams with a clear objective, necessary resources and enough oversight to ensure members are unified behind organizational goals, he writes.
Strategically adept leaders exercise "visual agility" with an ability to see the big picture and zero in on vital details simultaneously, writes Mike Hoban. They also envision how to stay competitive and inspire teams to emotionally connect with that vision, he writes.
An aggressive growth strategy may anger some stakeholders, so commit only if you're willing to remove obstacles like unadaptable employees, writes Steven L. Blue, Miller Ingenuity's chief executive. Conduct research before presenting major ideas to shareholders and board members to alleviate any concerns, he writes.
Leaders help employees self-correct problematic performance with questions that clarify accountability, points of distraction and solutions, explains Fred Halstead in his book, "Leadership Skills That Inspire Incredible Results." "These kinds of pointed questions also demonstrate that you care about them as a person and you care about their success -- and they reflect clearly on who is responsible," he writes.
Help team members embrace change by enabling their individual strengths to contribute to it, writes Jon Lokhorst. For example, allow creative people to lead innovation and those who are more analytical troubleshoot applications, he writes.
Companies can fast-track innovation by following a five-day sprint to strategy, writes Vincent Pirenne. The process involves identifying how to leverage internal capabilities and create a blueprint for execution, he writes.
Microsoft's pivot to cloud services, and CEO Satya Nadella's success at courting former competition as partners, has helped rebuild the company's success. "A successful product is one that fosters more success around it," says Nadella.
It's estimated less than a tenth of the planet's species have been found, and while there is a severe, ongoing mass extinction of dozens of species a day, thousands are discovered annually. A bright red coral was among the recently identified species -- a noteworthy discovery considering conservationist concerns over mass coral bleaching.
Why it matters: It seems so counterintuitive. How can it be hard to give away billions of dollars?
But when you dive into the litany of potential pitfalls like fraud and reputational risk that people like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett face when they try to donate billions, you start to see how it can be very difficult. That matters because there are a lot of problems in the world that philanthropies stand a better chance of solving than governments.
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