This week at Forbes Leadership, a lot of wisdom came in bundles of five. August Turak unleashed “The Power of Why: Five Keys to Getting Business Right.” Meghan Biro identified an essential “Five Leadership Behaviors Loyal Employees Trust.” Dorie Clark sketched out “Five Ways to Become a Global Leader” and then, for after you’ve become one, added “Five Tips to Maximize Your International Business Travel.” Carol Kinsey Goman nailed “Five Tips for Virtual Collaboration.” And Verena Sisa let us in on“Five Realities Marketers Need to Know About Hispanics.”
Not that we limited ourselves. Mike Myatt counted no fewer than “15 Ways to Transform Useless Ideas Into Innovation.” Jacquelyn Smith offered “So You Hate Your Summer Job: Here are 12 Things You Can Do.” Glenn Llopis counted out “The Top Nine Things That Ultimately Motivate Employees to Achieve.” John Mayo-Smith summed up “Six Tips for Forging a Strong CMO-CIO Partnership.” And, distilling the numbers down, Christine Riordan suggested you “Take These Four Steps if You Want to Lead Big Change,” and Dorie Clark found “Four Steps to Becoming a Corporate Thought Leader” and“Three Ways to Harness the Power of Your Intuition.” Lisa Arthur whittled down to “Three Books for CMOs to Read This Summer.” And Avi Dan zeroed in (so to speak) on “The Single Most Powerful Word in New Business,” just as Victor Lipman revealed the “One Easy Way to Reduce Workplace Stress and Enhance Productivity.” We’ll take it.
We looked hard at a lot of leaders and their doings this week. Christine Comaford considered “Leo Apotheker, Jack Griffin, Michael Woodford: Beware the Boardroom Ninja and Prevent Being Blindsided.”Duane Hansen reported that “Steve Blank Cracked the Code on Entrepreneurship—and the Economy.”Ken Makovsky celebrated a no-hitter with“Unleashing a Hero: Johan Santana,” and also in the realm of sports, Karl Moore drew together “Duke’s Coach K and Building a Leadership Legacy.” Kasia Moreno asked, “Mayor Bloomberg: Oppressor or Mary Poppins?” (along similar lines, Robert Passikoff saw where “Big Gulp Meets Big Brother”). Geoff Loftus singled out Jamie Dimon in proclaiming this “The Golden Age of Mismanagement.” Rahim Kanani interviewed “Alicia Keys: Up Close and Personal on Making a Difference.” James Marshall Crotty marveled at how the“Intrepid Nine-Year-Old Behind Cain’s Arcade Has Inspired a Film, a Foundation, and Now a Curriculum,” and he also wrote a stirring eulogy: “Ray Bradbury Dies at 91. His Dystopian Classic, Fahrenheit 451, Speaks to Us Today.”
We had a few big lists this week. Jacquelyn Smith ranked “The World’s Most Reputable Companies,” with BMW emerging as No. 1 for the first time ever this year. She also found out and shared with us “America’s Best-Paying Blue Collar Jobs” and “The Best and Worst Master’s Degrees for Jobs.”
In company news, Erika Morphy reported that “Salesforce.com Buys Buddy Media for $689M; Oracle Took Vitrue. Who’s Left for Microsoft CRM?” Simon Graj assessed “The Facebook Glitch: Will Brands Turn Social Media Shy?,” and David Cooperstein told us “How Facebook Can Avoid Being the Next Yahoo!”Rahim Kanani explained “Why YouTube Is the Ultimate Platform for Global Social Change.” Steve Olenski found that “American Express Looks to Shake Up Mobile Advertising.” Will Burns rebuked “Apple: Borrowing Interest Only Makes You Less Interesting,” but Erika Morphy revealed that “Apple’s Getting Ready to Spring Something Big at WWDC Next Week.” Carmine Gallo admired an “Extreme Business Makeover, Foursquare Style.” Paul Hodgson saw just deserts at “Chesapeake: The Governance Ravens Come Home to Roost.” And David Vinjamuri wanted you to eat the right desserts: “Disney Rejects Junk Food, and Other Brands Should Too.”
No matter what kind of desserts you eat, don’t sit inside reading Forbes Leadership articles all weekend, as tempting as that may be. After all, we just got this good news from Victor Lipman: “New Study Links Exercise to Higher Pay.”