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Entries Tagged as 'Playing a Bigger Game'

Would You Put Your Life on the Line to Lead?

August 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on Would You Put Your Life on the Line to Lead? · Follow the Leaders, Playing a Bigger Game

Tahmina Kohistani is not likely to win any medals.  Her best time in the 100 yard dash is 3 seconds off the championship pace- and she will not have the advantage of running in shorts and an athletic shirt.  She is the lone female athlete from Afghanistan.  The fact that she is in London, despite […]

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A Constructive Use for Fear

March 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Constructive Use for Fear · Playing a Bigger Game, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

Fear can be a powerful motivator.   But how it is used tells us a lot about a leader.  There have been a number of leaders (both fictional and real) who were masters at using fear and intimidation to get results. Have a look at the YouTube clip to the right.  Talk about emotional intelligence!  You […]

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A Surgeon’s view of Coaching

November 1st, 2011 · Comments Off on A Surgeon’s view of Coaching · Follow the Leaders, Playing a Bigger Game

New Yorker Magazine ran this article on coaching in their October 3 issue.  It is surprising for a few reasons, not least of which is that it is written not by a coach but by a surgeon.  Realizing the importance of continuous improvement, he decided to find someone to observe his work and then engage […]

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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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Been in These Meetings?

July 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Been in These Meetings? · Playing a Bigger Game, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

I found this piece on meetings this morning by John E. McIntyre of the Baltimore Sun.  It is a very funny take on the stereotypical caricatures found around a meeting table.  Sad to say his description is all too true.  And of course we love to denigrate meetings.  Last week there was a piece on […]

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Requesting Your Vote – Changing Organizational Change

June 7th, 2011 · Comments Off on Requesting Your Vote – Changing Organizational Change · Playing a Bigger Game

I have written here in bits and pieces about frameworks for leading organizational change and had lots of feedback about putting it together into a single document.  Rather than a commercial white paper, I put a proposal to write a manifesto up at ChangeThis.  (Long time readers will remember that I published a manifesto there […]

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PonderThis: Google in Egypt- Testing Corporate Values

February 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Google in Egypt- Testing Corporate Values · Follow the Leaders, Playing a Bigger Game, PonderThis

I have often railed here about the cynicism and negativity created by hollow corporate values.  But today we get to see the power of a core principal when it survives the stress test. Google has a lot at stake in Egypt.  It remains to be seen if the uprising, in part started and led by […]

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If You Are Going to Apologize- Apologize

February 7th, 2011 · Comments Off on If You Are Going to Apologize- Apologize · Playing a Bigger Game, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life, Uncategorized

Another Super Bowl has passed and once again it seems that there is more commentary and furor on line over the commercials than what was actually a pretty good football game.  By now we have come to expect the exploitation of women from Go Daddy (although they may have reached a new low this year).  […]

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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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Beyond New Year’s Resolutions

January 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off on Beyond New Year’s Resolutions · Follow the Leaders, Great Questions, Playing a Bigger Game

It is that time of year again- New Years means New Year’s resolutions.  Recently my web feeds have been full of cynical articles about why we are so poor at keeping resolutions.  The stories of gyms that are crowded from Jan 1 until about mid February are legion this time of year- and sadly accurate.  […]

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