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Entries Tagged as 'Playing a Bigger Game'

The Power of Positive Public Discourse

November 30th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Power of Positive Public Discourse · Follow the Leaders, Playing a Bigger Game, Uncategorized

If you read here regularly you know that I often fret about the polarized nature of public discourse.  We have had plenty of examples of that this week with the new oppositional House and the President ready to square off on tax cuts.  And it is no surprise that the rhetoric of partisan politics, wrapping […]

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PonderThis: US Elections- We Have Met the Enemy…

November 11th, 2010 · Comments Off on PonderThis: US Elections- We Have Met the Enemy… · Follow the Leaders, Playing a Bigger Game, PonderThis, Team Notes

We have had a lot of yelling and finger-pointing pretending to be public discourse the last couple of years here in the USA.  Our increasing appetite for extremism and mud slinging may be the single biggest obstacle to finding a way out of the fiscal and social mess we are in.  Perhaps rather than pointing […]

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PonderThis: Simple Rules for Getting a Project Started

July 15th, 2010 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Simple Rules for Getting a Project Started · Follow the Leaders, Playing a Bigger Game, PonderThis

Getting a project or initiative off the ground is an important leadership competency, and yet may die in the planning process or simply do not gather enough inertia to get off the starting line.  At a meeting this week in Washington, I heard Kim Keenan, President of the Washington, DC Bar Association make a remarkable […]

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We See What We Are Looking For

May 25th, 2010 · Comments Off on We See What We Are Looking For · Great Questions, Playing a Bigger Game

The World Cup begins next week in Africa.  Ironically, according to a recent publicity poll, about 30% of those reading this blog post from the U.S. do not know what I am talking about. The FIFA World Cup is possibly the largest and best known single sporting event on the globe.  Literally billions of people […]

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PonderThis: Choose the Battle. Win the War

November 19th, 2009 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Choose the Battle. Win the War · Playing a Bigger Game, PonderThis

In the 1908 London Olympic games a top rated springboard diver attempted a front double somersault over the objections and warnings of the judges.  He failed the dive and the official report recommended banning it from competition as too risky. He lost his medal bid, but began a process that placed diving on the short […]

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That Time of Year: Rethinking the Project Queue

October 14th, 2009 · Comments Off on That Time of Year: Rethinking the Project Queue · Follow the Leaders, Playing a Bigger Game, Team Notes

It is starting to be that time of year again.  Many of my clients are gearing up for the annual ritual of planning and budgeting for next year.  While planning may seem a theoretical nicety in a business climate that is focused on survival, there are a number of advantages that lean times provide.  Many […]

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Ask the Right Question

July 7th, 2009 · Comments Off on Ask the Right Question · Great Questions, Playing a Bigger Game

Last night, I listened to local colleague and news analyst Roby Brock sit down with Congressman Vic Snyder (D -Arkansas) on KUAR.  You can see a summary and links to more information about the interview here.  Or, you can view the interview on YouTube here.  (Note:  if you are receiving this on an email from […]

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Freedom and Responsibility

July 4th, 2009 · Comments Off on Freedom and Responsibility · Leadership, Literature and Myth, Playing a Bigger Game, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

July the 4th is a day when we in the US honor freedom.  We are not of course the only free nation in the world as we sometimes like to think.  July 4th is the date we associate with our Declaration of Independence- one of the most powerful documents ever written.  If you have never […]

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Three Cups of Tea as a Leadership Text

April 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Three Cups of Tea as a Leadership Text · Follow the Leaders, Leadership, Literature and Myth, Playing a Bigger Game

Last week I wrote about groups of executives reading non-business books as a leadership development exercise.  I am grateful to 2 of my executive book groups for permission to talk about their discussions of the recent bestseller Three Cups of Tea. Three Cups of Tea chronicles the experience of an American mountaineer who vows to […]

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Success- Even When the World Says “No!”

April 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Follow the Leaders, Great Questions, Leadership Lessons from the Links, Playing a Bigger Game, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

I have often thought that there are lessons to be learned from the media we watch, but I have eschewed writing about them here for fear of sounding frivolous.  However, if my colleague Scott Eblin can use observations from American Idol as he did last week in a posting entitled Feedback Do’s and Don’ts from […]

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