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Is it a Dream or a Vision?

January 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Is it a Dream or a Vision? · Follow the Leaders, Great Questions, Organizations at Their Best

It is that time of year again.  The crowds at the gym and walking paths have begun to thin from their Jan 3 crowd levels.  The meetings about new goals and objectives are receding and the day to day work of execution is moving back to center stage.  Airplanes have fewer holiday travelers and more […]

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When Reacting is a Good Thing

March 16th, 2011 · Comments Off on When Reacting is a Good Thing · Great Questions, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

One of the fundamental leadership tools I employ (The Leadership Circle Profile-360) contrasts the time, energy and focus of attention an executive devotes to creating a new future with reacting to current reality.  After all, a leader must be leading somewhere and that means investing resources and attention in that vision. But it is also […]

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Beyond New Year’s Resolutions

January 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off on Beyond New Year’s Resolutions · Follow the Leaders, Great Questions, Playing a Bigger Game

It is that time of year again- New Years means New Year’s resolutions.  Recently my web feeds have been full of cynical articles about why we are so poor at keeping resolutions.  The stories of gyms that are crowded from Jan 1 until about mid February are legion this time of year- and sadly accurate.  […]

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The Cost of a Culture of Distraction

July 14th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Cost of a Culture of Distraction · Great Questions, Team Notes

I visited with a client this week in Washington DC where a bet-the-business project team is having a hard time making progress.  They have sufficient resource and skilled leadership.  They have a clear and critical charter and even a sponsor who is willing to go to bat for them when needed.  So, what’s the problem?  […]

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We See What We Are Looking For

May 25th, 2010 · Comments Off on We See What We Are Looking For · Great Questions, Playing a Bigger Game

The World Cup begins next week in Africa.  Ironically, according to a recent publicity poll, about 30% of those reading this blog post from the U.S. do not know what I am talking about. The FIFA World Cup is possibly the largest and best known single sporting event on the globe.  Literally billions of people […]

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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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PonderThis: Tiger is Returning to Golf… and EVERYONE Has an Opinion

March 19th, 2010 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Tiger is Returning to Golf… and EVERYONE Has an Opinion · Great Questions, Leadership Lessons from the Links, PonderThis

Almost all leadership models place importance on clear values.  But there is nothing like a controversy to show us how varied our values can be. Since Tiger announced his return to competitive golf at the Masters, I have heard the following responses: The guy is a scumbag and he will be humiliated. Who cares?  It […]

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Bandwidth to Support Everyone in China on a Video Chat: But What Will They Talk About?

March 11th, 2010 · Comments Off on Bandwidth to Support Everyone in China on a Video Chat: But What Will They Talk About? · Great Questions, PonderThis, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

Content and process are one of the polarities that leaders must balance every day.  And yet, process seems to trump content on a regular basis.  Recent announcements in the technology world have introduced mind-boggling capacities for moving information.  Google is literally entertaining bids from cities to be pilot markets for their planned high speed service.  […]

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The Cost of Asking the Wrong Question

November 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment · Great Questions

Friday’s PonderThis focused on what happens when leaders are unwilling to ask the hard questions for fear that the answers they will find are too complicated, too radical or threaten long held truths.  One great way to distract ourselves from asking the hard question is to argue about a different one. Friday’s WSJ provided a […]

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Ponder This: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

October 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Great Questions, PonderThis

Nature hates a vacuum. And where there is a vacuum, nature, including human nature, will move aggressively to fill it. Recent weeks have seen much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the government move to cap executive pay at companies that still have bailout money. While I tend to be a free markets guy by […]

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