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PonderThis: Leadership and Poetry?

April 15th, 2010 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Leadership and Poetry? · Leadership, Literature and Myth, PonderThis

April is National Poetry Month and I would like to suggest that you spend a little time with a poet this weekend.  You might not think of poetry as fair game for a leadership blog.  But that is only if you have not encountered David Whyte. Through both his books and his poetry, David has […]

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Scylla and Charybdis – Protecting the Brand

February 1st, 2010 · Comments Off on Scylla and Charybdis – Protecting the Brand · Follow the Leaders, Leadership, Literature and Myth

One of the most challenging issues leaders must face is the balancing of short-term return vs. long-term value.  In ideal circumstances, a leader will strive to balance polarized needs.  The split between short term and long term is difficult territory to navigate.   Deciding for one is too often at the cost of another, especially when […]

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PonderThis: Opportunity Passes Quickly

December 11th, 2009 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Opportunity Passes Quickly · Leadership, Literature and Myth, PonderThis

I have been in Norway and the UK this week and the papers are full of scandal, controversy and panic.  But I also sat in on a strategy conversation with a leadership team who reminded me of something easily forgotten in tough times.  Opportunity is most easily grabbed early.  It is harder to grasp and […]

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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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Business Zombies: When Ideas Outlive Their Use

June 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Business Zombies: When Ideas Outlive Their Use · Follow the Leaders, Leadership, Literature and Myth

What happens when an idea outlives its usefulness?  What about ideas that do not change with the times?  One of my executive book clubs took on their own inventory of dead and dying ideas- or ones that should be removed from life support after reading and debating The Tyranny of Dead Ideas. Author Matt Miller, […]

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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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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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Leadership Lessons in Literature

April 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Leadership Lessons in Literature · Leadership, Literature and Myth

I once heard a screenwriter conducting a workshop in Los Angeles opine, “There are no new stories, only new treatments.”  At the time I thought it was pretty cynical.  I do not think I agree with it still, but I have come to learn that some stories are timeless and therefore are repeated in different […]

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Task and Inspiration

January 5th, 2009 · Comments Off on Task and Inspiration · Follow the Leaders, Leadership, Literature and Myth, Organizations at Their Best

A common theme in leadership writing- and on this site- is that of balancing task with vision. This morning NPR ran a piece about murals commissioned for the Justice Department during the depression era. While different artists were commissioned and different scenes depicted, they have one theme in common. Each mural is a reminder of […]

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How a Leader Wins Matters

October 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on How a Leader Wins Matters · Leadership, Literature and Myth, PonderThis, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

As we near the final stretch of the elections, I believe we will get the most useful information about our candidates that we will have had since the beginning of the campaign.  By now their platforms and opinions are clear.  What we will get to see is how they perform under high stakes pressure.  Will […]

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