The opposite of micromanagement is a leadership approach in which trusted workers are given training, expectations and the authority to find solutions and make decisions on their own, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. That gives bosses the space to focus on big-picture thinking and also helps get the best out of their newly empowered employees. "Let the direct reports share what they've experienced and how they would do things differently, if at all, the next time," Baldoni says.
A clever turn of phrase can help to clarify your meaning and ensure your message is not forgotten, John Baldoni says in this blog post and video. "Good sound bites are brief, pithy statements that sum up what you're trying to say: Short, sweet and to the point," he says.
Executive presence is the "right stuff of leadership," because it embodies the key leadership traits of "conviction, authority and power" and their application in leaders' daily lives, says John Baldoni. "Presence gives the leader the wherewithal -- authority and resilience -- to battle the odds and endure through being, doing, and reflecting," he explains.
Smart leaders build teams with people who have different styles and approaches than their own, but how do they find these people? Be on the lookout for curious, capable candidates who are capable of cooperating with people who see things differently, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video.
Doubtfulness, levered effectively, can help to drive smarter decision-making, John Baldoni says in this blog post and video. "While too much hesitation leads to organizational paralysis, deliberative thought, together with counsel from trusted sources, is very prudent," he says.
Leaders should be educated on each part of their business while being smart enough to know people will tell them what they want to hear, says Jonathan Tisch, co-chairman of the board of Loews Corp. One question he says executives should ask: "Are you telling me this because it's what you believe in, or because you think it's what I want to hear?"
A $1 billion, 11.5-mile extension of the light-rail line between Los Angeles and Pasadena, Calif., is substantially complete. Kiewit Infrastructure West and Parsons Transportation Group both worked on the five-year project that came in on time and on budget.
The US has 90 roundabouts for every 100,000 miles of roadway, compared with 10,200 in the UK and 4,900 in France, apparently because US motorists find the circles too confusing. That's a problem, writes Zachary Crockett: Traffic circles have proved to ease congestion, reduce accidents and emissions, and save thousands of dollars a year in traffic-light costs.
One in every nine bridges in the U.S. is deficient, and not one American city is among the world's top 25 for livability, partially because investment in infrastructure remains historically low, writes David Wise. America needs sound infrastructure and deeper investment, and this can be achieved through focusing on the return on investment that infrastructure projects provide and on public-private partnerships that don't affect the national budget.
Replacing natural gas pipelines made of outdated materials with new ones has allowed Durham, N.C.; Cincinnati; and Manhattan in New York City to have 90% less methane emissions per mile than cities that did not implement such a program, according to a Stanford University study. "The focus should be on cast iron and unprotected steel pipes. Many of those pipes are 70 to 125 years old or more. Some of the older cast-iron pipes date back to the 1800s," said Rob Jackson, author of the study.
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