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Friday, September 25, 2009

How Top Companies Breed Stars

The world's best companies realise that no matter what business they're in, their real business is building leaders. Here is an article from 2007 showing how the really successful companies do it.


Leadership Development in the Military

US Military special forces; Army Rangers, Navy SEALs and other elite fighters are famed for achieving top-level performance when stakes are high. The most important part of their development is that they always train in teams. Some of the best companies have been moving toward team development, but it's been central to the special forces from the beginning. They assume they can achieve goals only as a team and their creeds include a promise of loyalty to the team. For example, the Rangers say, "Never shall I fail my comrades." Devotion to teammates, not a boss, institution, or share price, is the strongest motivator.


EU President calls for 'positive leadership'

The president of the European Commission of the European Union spoke at the University of Pittsburgh today. Jose Barroso told the crowd that Europe and the U.S. had the clout and global reach to offer effective and positive leadership for the world. He warned that this is no time for complacency and that they must keep up the momentum for reforming the financial markets. Barroso says the nations' leaders need a "grand bargain" that will challenge developing countries to mitigate emissions in order to receive foreign aid. Barroso recieved an honorary doctorate in pulic and interantial affairs during a ceramony at Alumni Hall.

What does ' winning' mean?

Legendary San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Joe Montana says the following about 'winning':

'My father often told me in my youth that the only way to accomplish anything in sports is to be a winner. Not just to win, but to be a winner. There's a difference. He wasn't constantly telling me to win, win, win at all costs. It was more of a slow teaching process, as we threw the ball back and forth in the backyard, and the lesson was always to strive to be the best. To be a winner.'

The Making of Champions

'Champions aren't made in gyms,' Muhammad Ali once remarked. 'Champions are made from something deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have late-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.'

FORTUNE Business Rules

Here are 10 Business Rules courtesy of FORTUNE magazine:

Rule 1:  Never miss an opportunity to make an ally.
Rule 2:  The more arms and legs it has, the further it will go.
Rule 3:  A solo performance is good; a group performance is better.
Rule 4:  Whenever possible, let the numbers speak for themselves.
Rule 5:  Where there's market, there's opportunity.
Rule 6:  You're only as hip as the media thinks you are.
Rule 7:  Reinvent yourself.
Rule 8:  There's no such thing as too much face time.
Rule 9:  Expand your horizons.
Rule 10: Always stay two clicks ahead.