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Is it a Dream or a Vision?

January 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Is it a Dream or a Vision? · Follow the Leaders, Great Questions, Organizations at Their Best

It is that time of year again.  The crowds at the gym and walking paths have begun to thin from their Jan 3 crowd levels.  The meetings about new goals and objectives are receding and the day to day work of execution is moving back to center stage.  Airplanes have fewer holiday travelers and more […]

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Lessons from the Arts Community

October 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Lessons from the Arts Community · Follow the Leaders, Organizations at Their Best

This week, I attended the Arkansas Arts Council awards banquet.  I thought I was there to honor Martin and Melissa Thoma as they accepted their award for Corporate Sponsorship of the Arts in recognition of the tremendous amount they do both personally, and in services in kind.  Governor Beebe was entertaining and on point as […]

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Become A Leader Virtual Leadership Conference

September 17th, 2011 · Comments Off on Become A Leader Virtual Leadership Conference · Follow the Leaders, Organizations at Their Best, Playing a Bigger Game, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

I was not planning to start blogging again until October; however, I want anyone reading to have access to the inaugural Become a Leader virtual leadership conference.  Information on BALO and the resources offered are that the preceding link.  This is an amazing undertaking that is designed to make the kind of serious leadership development […]

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PonderThis: What Do You Reward?

July 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on PonderThis: What Do You Reward? · Organizations at Their Best, PonderThis

What does the way a leader rewards employees say about the organization?  Rewards are powerful, no matter what behavior we are rewarding- or why!  Have a look at the two video’s this week from major league baseball games. First have a look at this kid who managed to get rewarded for sulking, anger and selfishness.  […]

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PonderThis: Not Left or Right… Forward

January 7th, 2011 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Not Left or Right… Forward · Follow the Leaders, Organizations at Their Best, Playing a Bigger Game, PonderThis

I have been reading the start up information on a group calling themselves “No Labels”.  They seem to be addressing not the issues themselves, but the way that we, through our media and government, address those issues.  I find myself hopeful that the organization will be a call for change in the way we debate […]

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Leading in a Fishbowl: Another Ryder Cup Clinic

October 6th, 2010 · Comments Off on Leading in a Fishbowl: Another Ryder Cup Clinic · Leadership Lessons from the Links, Organizations at Their Best

Another Ryder Cup competition is history and as usual, the event has not disappointed.  The Ryder Cup is a proving ground, squeezing the best performance from the best players in the world.  It is also a pressure cooker, exposing weaknesses or lack of focus.  And as usual, the Ryder Cup has provided great lessons for […]

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BP, Tony Hayward and Leadership Legacy

May 3rd, 2010 · Comments Off on BP, Tony Hayward and Leadership Legacy · Follow the Leaders, Organizations at Their Best, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

Many executives talk about the legacy that they want to leave.  The current challenges of British Petroleum with the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico provide a clear set of lessons about the legacy any executive leaves. Lesson One: A Leadership Legacy is Built in the Past BP was a company under fire […]

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Leading Change: It’s About Friction, Force and Risk

January 25th, 2010 · Comments Off on Leading Change: It’s About Friction, Force and Risk · Organizations at Their Best, Team Notes

I recently spent a half-day with students at the William J. Clinton School of Public Service.  They are a remarkable group of students working on a Masters degree in Public Service.  We spent our time focusing on a framework for personal leadership as well as some practical tools for their teams to use as they […]

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“We Did Not Spend Time Arguing About the Writing”

May 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Great Questions, Organizations at Their Best, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

I was listening to a podcast of this week’s broadcast of “Wait Wait, don’t Tell Me” this morning at the gym.  (OK, you got me, I am a fan of weekend NPR broadcasting.)  They were interviewing Liev Schreiber who seems to bounce between playing Shakespeare and big-armed scifi roles such as Sabretooth in the latest […]

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PonderThis: Leaders Need for Rest and Renewal

March 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Leaders Need for Rest and Renewal · Organizations at Their Best, PonderThis, Uncategorized

It is Friday and I am supposed to post a PonderThis for the weekend.  But I am also exhausted from a 53 hour period of not sleeping while I worked a full day and then returned from Bangkok, complete with a stopover to see an old friend in Seoul.  I was about to punt, knowing […]

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