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My Own Plan for Economic Stimulus

February 17th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Great Questions, Leadership Lessons from the Links, Organizations at Their Best, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

At some point today, President Obama will sign a gianormous bill aimed at jump starting the economy.  What I wonder is… what does the bill change about how we will do all those projects?  How much is allocated for programs that will help us to not use that money to recreate conditions that got us […]

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Room to Read

January 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Room to Read · Organizations at Their Best

Sometimes things just work.  The people at CEOREAD who also publish ChangeThis have a surfeit of books.  They come from publishers and writers for review, for award and contest consideration- from everywhere.  So, rather than trash them or send them off for recycling- they are giving us all a chance to make a charitable donation. […]

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Hump Day Wisdom: Beware of Habit

January 13th, 2009 · Comments Off on Hump Day Wisdom: Beware of Habit · Organizations at Their Best, PonderThis

We have all heard the old saw, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”  Fair enough, but where do the tough go and how do they get there? Behaviorists from Skinner to Milgram have determined that under stress, we tend to go to familiar ways of doing things.  In an economy that is […]

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Task and Inspiration

January 5th, 2009 · Comments Off on Task and Inspiration · Follow the Leaders, Leadership, Literature and Myth, Organizations at Their Best

A common theme in leadership writing- and on this site- is that of balancing task with vision. This morning NPR ran a piece about murals commissioned for the Justice Department during the depression era. While different artists were commissioned and different scenes depicted, they have one theme in common. Each mural is a reminder of […]

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Peter Senge at ICF

November 14th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Follow the Leaders, Organizations at Their Best, Playing a Bigger Game, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

I am writing today from the International coach Federation meeting in Montreal, Canada.  Our keynote this morning came from Peter Senge, who as usual for him turned the world inside out by asking us to look at an entire system. He took the courageous step of challenging a quote from Peter Drucker, who said that, […]

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Sleeping with an Elephant

October 20th, 2008 · Comments Off on Sleeping with an Elephant · Organizations at Their Best, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

In a tough economy, it is a good idea to spread assets and risk. This idea in Seth Godin’s blog is worth passing along.  Times may be tough, but we do have the choice about what we do with them- which in the last analysis is the only thing we really can influence.  Or as […]

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The Sky is Not Falling: Fear Begets Fear

October 13th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Sky is Not Falling: Fear Begets Fear · Follow the Leaders, Organizations at Their Best

If we holler loudly enough that the sky is falling, it just might. In his blog, Rich Karlgaard, publisher at Forbes said this week “I still say there is a disconnect between the facts and the fear.” No reasonable person would deny that we have serious issues to deal with in capital markets, but leaders […]

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Changing of the Guard: Microsoft Without Bill

June 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Changing of the Guard: Microsoft Without Bill · Follow the Leaders, Organizations at Their Best, Playing a Bigger Game

Would You Have Invested?  A lot of people who would not have given Microsoft money in 1978 still have strong opinions about what is right for Microsoft- and for Bill Gates.  Gates’ impending departure from the day to day operations at Microsoft has been getting a lot of attention.  It is rare that a succession plan receives […]

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Vision and Execution: Kick for Nick Shows Us How

May 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Follow the Leaders, Organizations at Their Best, Team Notes

It is not often that something on the sports channel grabs my attention.  And as far as anything I would write about being newsworthy- well if it already on television, then I am late to the game to be talking about it here.  But the Kick for Nick program shows us a powerful example of […]

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