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9 3 11 Want to Lead ask tennyson and shakespear

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Want to Lead? Ask Tennyson and Shakespeare By ADAM BRYANT Published: September 3, 2011 Sign In to E-Mail   Print   Reprints   This interview with  Enrique Salem , president and C.E.O. of  Symantec , the computer security  company, was conducted and condensed by  Adam Bryant .   Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times Enrique Salem, president and C.E.O. of Symantec, the computer security firm, says Shakespeare's observation that "our doubts are traitors" applies well to business, as does Tennyson's view that "I am a part of all that I have met." Corner Office Every Sunday, Adam Bryant talks with top executives about the challenges of leading and managing. In his new book,  " The Corner Office " (Times Books), he analyzes the broader lessons that emerge from his interviews with more than 70  leaders.  Excerpt » More ‘Corner Office’ Columns » Subscribe to Corner Office via RSS » Add to Portfolio Symantec Corp   Go to your Portfolio »
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Q.   What were some important leadership lessons for you?   A.  I played high school football — I was a linebacker — and then I played at Dartmouth.  When you play football, you really understand it is a team effort. When you play organized  sports, especially team sports, it’s not about individuals. I think organized sports are a way to  learn a lot about things that will be helpful in business.  Q.  Other lessons you learned playing sports?   A.  I was captain of the varsity football team my senior year of high school. We called the  plays the coach would signal in to us from the sideline. I used to be very much a student of  the game. I would watch the game films myself and get ideas of what we should do, what we  should think about.  One time the coach called a defensive play and I changed it, and after having some success  with that I said, “Oh, this isn’t so hard.” But then another player runs on the field and  replaces me, and I run to the bench and the coach says, “When you want to call what I’m  calling, you can go back in the game.” So I sat on the bench for a play or two and then went  over and said: “O.K., Coach. I got it. I’m sorry.” And he put me back in the game. I really  learned this notion that whoever’s making the calls, you’ve got to listen to that person.  And he pulled me aside after the game and we talked about it, and he said: “I know you love  the game. I know you study the game. But you’ve got to realize that when I make calls, I’m  setting something up. I’m looking at something that’s happening, and you can’t be out there  second-guessing me on this.” I still remember that story. In business, somebody has to make 
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