Cassie Petty

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GM CEO Dan Akerson's top 9 leadership lessons

After three years on the job, GM CEO Dan Akerson tells what he's learned about leading a major company's revival.<p>Daniel Akerson, electrical engineer and finance man by training, Naval officer by decree, executive by design, and, since 2010, General Motors CEO almost by default.<p>Akerson, 64, spent …

Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders

A young manager accosted me the other day. “I’ve been reading all about leadership, have implemented several ideas, and think I’m doing a good job at leading my team. How will I know when I’ve crossed over from being a manager to a leader?” he wanted to know.<p>I didn’t have a ready answer and it’s a …

Don’t Make Decisions, Orchestrate Them

Is the role of the manager to make decisions, or to make sure that decisions get made? The answer, of course, is both — but many managers focus so much on the first role that they neglect the second. The reality, however, is that decision-making often is not a solo activity, but rather an …

10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees

Good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people.<p>Good bosses have strong organizational skills. Good bosses have solid decision-making skills. Good bosses get important things done.<p>Exceptional bosses do all of the above--and more. Sure, they care …

3 Ways To Be Less Stupid Today

Step one: After you finish this article, write down what you think of it. (A tweet counts!)<p>Sally Adee went on a <i>foolhardy</i> mission–to understand stupidity. She returned with some clarifying insights that could help make us all a little smarter.<p>Adee, who’s a features editor at the <i>New Scientist</i>, spent …

To Move Ahead You Have to Know What to Leave Behind

Decisions are the most fundamental building blocks of successful change in our organizations, our teams, and our careers. The faster and more strategically we stack those blocks, the faster and more successfully we achieve change. Yet, change efforts often stall precisely because those decisions …

How to Get Everything Done By Doing Less

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most entrepreneurs subscribe to the philosophy: "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself." This mantra, accepted by many small-business owners as fact, is only half true. If you want something done right once and you …

Small Business

What if working harder doesn't work?

“It’s part common sense, part human nature to press on towards a break through. If we are not producing at work, we just work harder, longer hours. …

A Question That Can Change Your Life

For years I’ve exercised every day — doing weights, cardio, yoga — but despite my continuous effort, I haven’t seen much change.<p>Until a few months ago.<p>Recently, my body has changed. My muscles are stronger, more defined, and I’ve lost five pounds along with a visible layer of fat. So what did I do …

What Really Sets Leaders Apart

A five-year-old's astute observation gets right to the point of what separates true leaders from mere managers.<p>Coach and consultant Bill Treasurer has been teaching leadership development and studying leadership models for 20 years. But he says he learned a valuable lesson when his five-year-old …

How to avoid voodoo hiring

Hiring the right people is one of the most important parts of a CEO's job. Even if you and your co-founder are all-stars, your company will fail if …

5 Common Hiring Mistakes (and Their Solutions)

Building a great team is essential, but these hiring missteps can derail you. Here's how to fix them.<p>Selecting the right people is the ultimate pay-me-now or pay-me-later leadership proposition. Do it effectively now and reap the benefits of a high performing team later. Do it fast and cheap now, …

Overwhelmed? Here are 3 Strategies to Multiply Your Time.

Stressed? These strategies will multiply your time and free you to focus on your mission. (Image by Renjith Krishnan.)<p>It’s been more than three years …

3 Scientific Secrets to Great Team Chemistry

Psychologists are digging into the mystery of why some teams gel and others don't. Here's some of what they've uncovered.<p>Great teams, like great dates, depend on chemistry. The members can have all the requisite skills on paper, display competent social skills and a willingness to work hard, but …

Co-CEOs...and Other Org Chart Disasters to Avoid

Your org chart should have one purpose and one purpose only--to help your team make good decisions. Here's where org charts go wrong.<p>There are of course any number of contributing factors in the sad, sorry tale of the decline of RIM (known to most people by the name of their flagship product, the …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Crisis Leadership: Are You Always Putting Out Fires?

When I was in city management, I worked with the fire chief. A good fire chief knows how to put out fires. When the fire truck arrives at the scene …

Closing the Chasm Between Strategy and Execution

Setting strategy is elegant. It’s a clean and sophisticated process of collecting and analyzing data, generating insights, and identifying smart paths forward. Done at arm’s length in an academic fashion, tight logic is the only glue needed to hold ideas together. The output is a smooth narrative …

Influential Leaders Ask These 6 Questions

Try 'zig-zagging' into these conversations to generate ideas and extend your influence.<p>The key to being a powerful leader isn't giving orders -- it's extending your influence. And one important way to do that is by spreading and soliciting new ideas.<p>As an influential leader, you are a conduit of …

How to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Products

Is your business on Pinterest?<p>Or are you still unsure how to use Pinterest to effectively promote your products or company?<p>In November, Pinterest …

Infographics

Does Your Social Media Drive Transactions?

Vision Critical’s recently published “From Social to Sale,” about how social media activity — particularly Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest — can drive transactions. (For a detailed discussion of this, see my earlier post “How Social Media Moves Consumers from ‘Sharing’ to ‘Purchase’” )<p>In an effort …

3 Types of Interview Questions You Should Never Ask

When I was a job-seeker, I dreaded interviews. I hated the trick questions, the brainteasers and, most of all, the questions I expected but couldn't …

10 Browser Extensions to Streamline Your Workflow

In today's tech-inundated society, downloading a bunch of apps and tools to help make your life easier can actually take a lot of time and even …

Three Ways to Improve Your Marathon Finish Time

Here's how to modify your race training to improve speed without wearing your body out.<p><i>I'm training for my third marathon this fall and want to improve my speed without getting hurt. I've had a variety of aches and pains through the past two seasons of training and would love to train and finish</i> …

Yoga Might Help with Restless Legs

Eight-week program helped ease night twitching.<p>Restless legs syndrome is characterized by a compelling urge to move the legs that is usually accompanied by unpleasant, often painful sensations in the legs, more often during the night when sufferers are trying to sleep. By some estimates, close to …

Pre-Race Caffeine May Help Post-Race Recovery

More signs of anti-inflammatories in blood after a 15-K.<p>You've probably heard that pre-race caffeine can boost performance. According to a new study, pre-race caffeine might also help you recover after the race, because it appears to induce greater release of the body's anti-inflammatory substances.<p>…

5 Things You Must Do Before Jumping Into Paid Internet Advertising

Paid advertising is a great way to guide more traffic to your site and increase business, but it can become expensive quickly if you aren’t careful. …

The Entrepreneurs Handbook: 52 Essential Resources for Startups

The thought of launching a Startup is incredibly intimidating with most failing to survive their first few years, it can often result in an …

5 Ways to Create a Winning Culture

A strong culture isn't something you wish into place, or even will into place. It's something you build. Here's how.<p><i>“We train for war and fight to win.”</i> -- Navy SEAL Creed<p>I’ve never met a business owner who didn’t say he or she wanted to create a winning company culture. But I’ve met plenty whose …