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More women than ever before joined corporate boards in the first three months of 2009, but is this a recession-related blip, or a promising trend? According to Directors & Boards magazine, 38% of executives named as independent directors on corporate boards in the first quarter were women, a "chart-busting" figure that's by far the highest since the publication began tracking appointments in 1994.

Matthew Boyle, Management IQ

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Ram Charan: Managing in Tough Times

Ram Charan speaks about his new book Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty. He tells CEOs to go "granular"—be aware 24/7 of their companies' cash position and customers' needs

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The Midyear Review Takes On More Weight

Widespread hiring freezes mean companies need to make the most of their talent—and get underperformers up to speed (or out) quicker

Five Essential Elements of Board-Building

Boards are being criticized even as they're being given more responsibilities than ever. Beverly Behan on how to make them more effective

Leadership: Intentional Influence

Plenty of today's crises are the natural consequence of company leaders' ineffective or misdirected influence on workforce behavior, says Joseph Grenny

Leading at the Speed of Thought

In today's high-stakes environment, leaders must simultaneously monitor forces of change, measure their impact, and create new opportunities, says Alaina Love

Innovation Engine: The New Rules of Managing Innovation

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What Leaders Must Do Now

Managers who can make full use of employees' passions will get stronger results from their teams, advise Alaina Love and Marc Cugnon

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Follow new management trends and ideas from business schools, consultants, and corporate insiders, to see whether, and how such trends and ideas are being applied

 

Reading List

Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism

George Akerlof and Robert Shiller on how psychological factors led to the bust and may impede a turnaround

Everything I Know About Business I Learned at McDonald's: The 7 Leadership Principles that Drive Break Out Success

McDonald's management philosophy is as simple as its menu. But don't underestimate the effectiveness of founder Ray Kroc's blueprint

Outliers: The Story of Success

The new book offers Microsoft founder Bill Gates as an example of how a lucky birthdate, among other things, portends success

The Game-Changer: How You Can Drive Revenue and Profit Growth with Innovation

CEO Lafley lays out the principles of innovation that turned around his company and can fire growth anywhere

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America

Tom Friedman makes a gripping political, environmental, and economic case for green innovation

Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty: The New Rules for Getting the Right Things Done in Difficult Times

In an excerpt from his latest book, Ram Charan describes how CEO Charles Holliday Jr. activated a crisis management plan to fortify Dupont

The Peter Principle

BusinessWeek's exclusive sneak peek at Bob Sutton's new foreword to Dr. Peter's useful, hilarious classic

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