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Hendren vs. Hendren (not Schumer): A Case Study in Leadership Communication

May 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

Last week, Arkansas State Senator (and Republican hopeful Senate candidate) Kim Hendren gave us a workshop in how to take a communication gaff and make it worse- much worse.  In case you missed the series of comments that went from bad to worse to appalling, the full exchange is reported in this article from the […]

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WSJ CEO’s on Strategy and Execution – “Both/And” not “Either/Or”

May 13th, 2009 · Comments Off on WSJ CEO’s on Strategy and Execution – “Both/And” not “Either/Or” · Great Questions, Leadership, Literature and Myth, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

The Wall Street Journal has a Management section online which includes regular video and opinion from their panel of 100 CEO’s.  Recently, they asked their panel whether strategy or execution was the more important focus for a CEO.  While a few took sides, most indicated that thee two were inextricably linked and parts of a […]

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Hump day Wisdom: What Do You Talk About?

January 21st, 2009 · Comments Off on Hump day Wisdom: What Do You Talk About? · Great Questions, Playing a Bigger Game, PonderThis, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life, Team Notes, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

As the presidency of George W. Bush has drawn to a close, we have seen more writing and public acknowledgment for what he has achieved than usual. With all the attention on negative press and poor approval ratings, it is easy to vilify the man who came into office on a domestic agenda and was […]

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Leadership Development Carnival

January 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Follow the Leaders, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

Most collections of other posts from the web are a blanant troll by bloggers for traffic; however, Great Leadership, a blog by Dan McCarthy is not on my blogroll by accident.  Dan has earned his stripes and his collection of links is worth the reading time on a new year’s Monday. So add Dan’s blog […]

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New Year Reflections: What Do I Want to Create?

January 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off on New Year Reflections: What Do I Want to Create? · Great Questions, Playing a Bigger Game, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

It has been my custom in the first days of a new year to set goals and aspirations for the coming year. This year I added two distinctions to the process and found them very useful. So I thought I would share them here. The first I wrote about last week. Rather than engaging in […]

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Focus on the Future: Be Mindful of the Legacy You Leave

December 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Follow the Leaders, Great Questions, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

It is customary this time of year to look back at the year in review and forward to next.  Here is a way of thinking about the present that I learned from one of the best business leaders I have ever known. William is a manufacturing executive with process production in his blood. He has […]

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Time for a Break. You Too?

December 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Time for a Break. You Too? · PonderThis, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

It is mid afternoon on the 23rd.  It is time for a break from working and from blogging.  Not that I do not have a lot to say, just that as i have said here a few times in the past year, part of being sharp is knowing when to take a break.  Here’s hoping […]

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Where Are You Investing Your Behavioral Capital?

December 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Great Questions, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

Just like any investement portfolio, how we invest our behavioral capital will determine our returns: short term and long term.  How are you allocated? It is very easy to become depressed and negative given the nature of the news. One day last week I borrowed a research tool from my old boss John Naisbitt and […]

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The CEO of Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2008 · Comments Off on The CEO of Thanksgiving · Team Notes, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

While the day suggests a posting on gratitude, I cannot help but provide this link to a light hearted but well written piece from the New York times on applying leadership to planning for a family Thanksgiving celebration. Even in the midst of financial upheaval and daily bad news about the economy and war around […]

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A CEO Who Understands: That was then…

November 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on A CEO Who Understands: That was then… · Follow the Leaders, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

This piece on CNN Business caught my attention today- mostly as it relates to this post from earlier in the week. “We in Japan learned during the bubble economy that businesses who pursue money first fail.  The business world has lost sight of this basic tenet of business ethics” It is one thing for Peter […]

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