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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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Greg Mortenson- What to do When We Discover Our Leaders are Flawed

April 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Greg Mortenson- What to do When We Discover Our Leaders are Flawed · Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life, Thoughts on Life and Leadership, Uncategorized

How do we respond when we discover that leaders whom we admire are not what we thought?  What happens to the good work done when a leader is shown to be flawed or corrupt?  Moreover, what does our response say about us and our commitment to our own values? By now, the news of Greg […]

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PonderThis: When Rewards are Out of Whack

May 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment · PonderThis, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

Last week we saw something many did not expect.  We saw senior members of Goldman Sachs enrage members of a congressional committee not by arguing or feigning innocence or even ignorance.  For the most part they seemed mystified.  There is a huge emotional payload connected with their $3 billion profit by betting against investments they […]

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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: Don’t Buy the Doom and Gloom

January 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Don’t Buy the Doom and Gloom · Follow the Leaders, PonderThis, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

I am on the way to Washington DC for meetings today and have been reading the Year-in-Review articles and blogs.  It is a pretty depressing way to pass a flight.  I have never been a glass-half-empty kind of guy. But after reading enough year-end evaluations I could come away thinking that the only possible point […]

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The Power of a Second Chance: What Michael Vick (and the Rest of Us) Can Learn from Ted Kennedy’s Life

August 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

Skilled leaders understand that if you are going to be on the line for decisions, you are going to make bad ones.  But what takes the measure of a leader’s character and resilience is what they do with hardship born of their own poor decisions. Michael Vick has been through a lot.  His bad behavior […]

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Holding Ambiguity

July 16th, 2009 · Comments Off on Holding Ambiguity · Follow the Leaders, Great Questions, PonderThis, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

Most of us like our decisions neat and tidy.  Get the information.  Make a decision.  Move on.  But skilled leaders understand that life (and leadership) are rarely that simple.  The ability to hold ambiguity, and to let go of personal preference in favor of a bigger goal are often key to making progress on the […]

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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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Leadership Wisdom in the Woods

July 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment · PonderThis, Team Notes, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

As I stood watching the turkey vultures that are endemic to most of North America gliding in their circles in search of a meal, something occurred to me for the first time. Although they may look like they are practicing for the Blue Angels, their circles are in sync because they are riding the same […]

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Uncertainty About (and In) Leadership

June 16th, 2009 · Comments Off on Uncertainty About (and In) Leadership · Great Questions, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

Today’s WSJ reports on a small community bank in Colorado recently closed by regulators.  (If you are a WSJ Online subscriber, you can see the story here.)  A decade old $2 billion institution started in a double wide trailer, New Frontier grew quickly by lending to farmers, entrepreneurs and developers- primarily those local to the […]

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