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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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A New Perspective

November 16th, 2010 · Comments Off on A New Perspective · Follow the Leaders

I was in Sydney last week and spent an evening at a concert by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.  Based on counsel from those who know the hall, I booked a seat in the choir section, above and behind the orchestra.  I have never had the opportunity to watch an orchestra from the musician’s point of […]

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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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Does Robert Dudley Have What It Takes?

July 29th, 2010 · Comments Off on Does Robert Dudley Have What It Takes? · Follow the Leaders, PonderThis

When Tony Hayward took the helm at BP in 2007, he did so in the shadow of Lord John Brown whose departure was hastened by the board based largely on an abysmal safety record.  Hayward was charged with creating a culture of safe operations.  In his first public presentation, Hayward said “…Leaders must make the […]

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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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Ponder This: Hunker Down or Pedal to the Metal?

May 21st, 2010 · Comments Off on Ponder This: Hunker Down or Pedal to the Metal? · Follow the Leaders, PonderThis

I have been in New York this week in a meeting room with a very globally diverse group of leaders.  The free-floating stress is palpable. And the variety of ways that leaders are responding strategically is fascinating. I asked a few of my colleagues about the impact of tough times on strategy.  The responses seemed […]

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Power Sharing and Dedication to Vision

May 10th, 2010 · Comments Off on Power Sharing and Dedication to Vision · Follow the Leaders, Great Questions, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

There is much to learn from the goings on in the UK right now.  Unlike the Presidential system, elections in a Parliamentary system can be only the beginning.  There are likely many things to learn about leadership as we watch the leaders of the UK try to sort out a way forward.  Two issues however […]

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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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PonderThis: What ELSE Can we Learn from Goldman Sachs

April 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off on PonderThis: What ELSE Can we Learn from Goldman Sachs · Follow the Leaders, PonderThis, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

The pundits have lined up to comment on the SEC’s indictment of Goldman Sachs.  The analysis, finger pointing and positioning mounts by the hour.  But in addition to the debates about reform and regulation there are some subtle yet important leadership lessons to be learned.  Here are few that got my attention. Perception Matters – […]

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The Body Knows

April 4th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Body Knows · Follow the Leaders

There is an entire field, called Somatics, of study about how body wisdom and awareness provides important input for leaders.  For many business leaders, all but the most basic concepts are too esoteric to be easily embraced.  I got to interview one leader however whose comparisons between the physical body and the organizational body are […]

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