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Entries Tagged as 'Leadership Lessons from the Links'

Now Begins the Real Test: Day 2 at the Ryder Cup

September 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Leadership Lessons from the Links, Team Notes

US Captain Paul Azinger has had to endure a lot of second guessing about his strategy for team selection.  What leader doesn’t?  But ‘Zinger did a lot to shake things up.  He changed to rules to favor players where came into the week at the top of their game. So, half his squad  has never […]

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What Are the Odds? A New View of the Ryder Cup Teams

September 8th, 2008 · Comments Off on What Are the Odds? A New View of the Ryder Cup Teams · Leadership Lessons from the Links, Team Notes

It is never a good idea to try to second guess what will happen at any sporting or political event. Odds-makers the world over have their ways to codify the likely outcome of almost anything.  (At last report- London bookmakers were giving 8-1 odds that the Republican party would change VP candidates!)  And every golf […]

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Let the Second Guessing Begin!

September 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Let the Second Guessing Begin! · Leadership Lessons from the Links, Team Notes

One of the biggest challenges that team leaders face (as well as any executive with a boss) is second guessing- which in a company environment can easily devolve into micro managing. Nick Faldo announced his final Ryder Cup team for Europe on Sunday.  Paul Azinger announced his picks for the final spots on the American […]

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Eyes on the Prize… But Would $10 Million Distract You?

September 1st, 2008 · Comments Off on Eyes on the Prize… But Would $10 Million Distract You? · Leadership Lessons from the Links, Team Notes

How does a team get focused when there is a lot to distract them? Even when team members are passionate about the outcome, distractions and lack of time and resource are always an issue.  Julie Anderson, the co- leader of this amazing project at HP used to use the term “Blood Donor Staffing” to describe […]

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A Laboratory for Teams: The Ryder Cup is Coming

August 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on A Laboratory for Teams: The Ryder Cup is Coming · Leadership Lessons from the Links, Team Notes

For golf fans, the PGA was quite dramatic.  Weather was the main competitor and in a surprise finish, Padraig Harrington took his second major in a row.  There are great stories from this year’s PGA championship, but my focus is on the upcoming Ryder Cup.  Why?  This event, played every other year, is one of […]

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Hump Day Wisdom: Can People Change?

July 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Great Questions, Leadership Lessons from the Links, PonderThis

Can people change, or is leadership development a waste of time and money?  the answer depends on our expectations.  When we think “all or nothing” we lose the opportunity of incremental value. Last month, The Conference Board Review ran an article entitled “Have We Learned Anything About Leadership Development?”  This month, they printed a letter […]

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It Ain’t What You Do… Fireworks at the Open

July 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Leadership Lessons from the Links, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

“It ain’t what you do.  It’s the way that you do it.  and that’s what get’s results!” Jimmy Lunceford (and now, Sandy Lyle)  Jimmy Lunceford first coined the phrase in his big band hit of the same name: It Ain’t What You Do, It’s the Way That You Do It.  And it is true.  What we […]

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Mastering Leadership With a Beginner’s Mind

July 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Leadership Lessons from the Links, PonderThis, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

Even the most accomplished in any field benefit from a beginner’s lesson every now and again.  find a way to revisit the basics to both sharpen your skills and re-ignite your passion for your work. In the Puget Sound, ferries are the way to get around.  The view from the ferry between Seattle and Bainbridge […]

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Whose Story Counts? Tiger, Rocco and The World

June 20th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Follow the Leaders, Great Questions, Leadership Lessons from the Links

In the aftermath of the US Open, the media has swarmed over Tiger Woods’ left knee.  While waiting for a flight at O’Hare yesterday, I noticed 4 separate stories in USA Today and at least half an hour of debate on ESPN.  There are two things about this brouhaha that get my attention. One is […]

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The Power of Eldership

May 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Follow the Leaders, Leadership Lessons from the Links

I have always thought that Jack Nicklaus is amazing. Now I know it. I watched The Golden Bear do a clinic today at the Alotian Club in Little Rock as part of a major charity event. What I saw was the model of an elder statesman. As the best in the world, Jack Nicklaus has […]

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