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PonderThis: What Do You Reward?

July 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on PonderThis: What Do You Reward? · Organizations at Their Best, PonderThis

What does the way a leader rewards employees say about the organization?  Rewards are powerful, no matter what behavior we are rewarding- or why!  Have a look at the two video’s this week from major league baseball games. First have a look at this kid who managed to get rewarded for sulking, anger and selfishness.  […]

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PonderThis: Why the Soft Stuff is Not Soft

May 13th, 2011 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Why the Soft Stuff is Not Soft · PonderThis, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

I still hear the term “soft stuff” in reference to organizational effectiveness work.  Naturally I do not think so.  And just as naturally, a large percentage of the business community still feels that they can lead solely based on the balance sheet.  Every once in a while however, we get a very clear lesson in […]

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PonderThis: When a Good Idea Gets Off the Leash

April 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on PonderThis: When a Good Idea Gets Off the Leash · PonderThis, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

New ideas are exciting.  That burst of energy and excitement that comes with a concept that will (or even might) be a game changer is intoxicating.  And in cultures that are often very action oriented, change leaders want to get moving quickly.  I have written here before about the cost of jumping to action without […]

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PonderThis: How a Leader Becomes a Leader

March 10th, 2011 · Comments Off on PonderThis: How a Leader Becomes a Leader · Follow the Leaders, PonderThis

One of the questions that often comes up in leadership development is whether leaders are born or made?  Is all the effort to develop leaders worthwhile?  Sometimes I feel like Woody Allen’s character in Stardust Memories- interrogating super intelligent beings who tell him “You are asking the wrong questions.” For a radically different approach to […]

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PonderThis: The Cost of Not Listening

March 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off on PonderThis: The Cost of Not Listening · Follow the Leaders, PonderThis

I generally stay away from “postmortem” work, but a client recently asked me to look into what was behind the failure of a sizable process change they had attempted.  I talked with sponsors, end users, members of the project team and heard all the usual stuff.  But it was in an all but accidental conversation […]

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PonderThis: “Show Some Leadership!” The New “That’s not Fair!”

February 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on PonderThis: “Show Some Leadership!” The New “That’s not Fair!” · PonderThis, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

In years of leading executive discussion groups and off-sites I have come to expect that most attempts to define leadership end up with(or at least pass through) a nod to Justice Potter Stewart, who is known for the concept of “I do not know how to define it- but I know it when I see […]

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PonderThis: Google in Egypt- Testing Corporate Values

February 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Google in Egypt- Testing Corporate Values · Follow the Leaders, Playing a Bigger Game, PonderThis

I have often railed here about the cynicism and negativity created by hollow corporate values.  But today we get to see the power of a core principal when it survives the stress test. Google has a lot at stake in Egypt.  It remains to be seen if the uprising, in part started and led by […]

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PonderThis: Not Left or Right… Forward

January 7th, 2011 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Not Left or Right… Forward · Follow the Leaders, Organizations at Their Best, Playing a Bigger Game, PonderThis

I have been reading the start up information on a group calling themselves “No Labels”.  They seem to be addressing not the issues themselves, but the way that we, through our media and government, address those issues.  I find myself hopeful that the organization will be a call for change in the way we debate […]

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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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PonderThis: What Change? I Did Not See Any Change!

August 27th, 2010 · Comments Off on PonderThis: What Change? I Did Not See Any Change! · PonderThis, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

Dan Simons and Christopher Chabris met at Harvard in 1994 and began to collaborate on research about cognition.  Their interest was in understanding how and how well we really pay attention.  Their work demonstrated that we often do not observe change and most often, see what we are looking for.  Our brain fills in gaps […]

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