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PonderThis: What Do Your Questions Say About You?

October 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Great Questions, PonderThis

Woody Allen fans will likely remember the scene from Stardust Memories where aliens with an IQ of 1600 tell his neurotic character “These are  the wrong questions!” (It’s about 1/3 of the way through this clip) I just had a call from Bank of America’s research company to survey me about how satisfied I am […]

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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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Ask the Right Question

July 7th, 2009 · Comments Off on Ask the Right Question · Great Questions, Playing a Bigger Game

Last night, I listened to local colleague and news analyst Roby Brock sit down with Congressman Vic Snyder (D -Arkansas) on KUAR.  You can see a summary and links to more information about the interview here.  Or, you can view the interview on YouTube here.  (Note:  if you are receiving this on an email from […]

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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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PonderThis: Do Your Values Apply?

May 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Great Questions, PonderThis

Two topics I have explored here before are the importance of values and the concept that an asset overused can become a liability.  Today, I find myself wondering about a meld of the two.  What happens when we over-apply our own value system? Consider this week’s American Idol finale.  The local (in Arkansas) campaign to […]

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PonderThis: Tough Decisions

May 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Follow the Leaders, Great Questions, PonderThis

President Barak Obama is faced with tough choices every day.  His recent decision to withhold photos of known abuse in US detention facilities is a great example of a tough call.  No matter what he chose, he would be under fire before the announcement was complete.  What can we learn from watching such an emotionally […]

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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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“We Did Not Spend Time Arguing About the Writing”

May 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Great Questions, Organizations at Their Best, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

I was listening to a podcast of this week’s broadcast of “Wait Wait, don’t Tell Me” this morning at the gym.  (OK, you got me, I am a fan of weekend NPR broadcasting.)  They were interviewing Liev Schreiber who seems to bounce between playing Shakespeare and big-armed scifi roles such as Sabretooth in the latest […]

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Success- Even When the World Says “No!”

April 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Follow the Leaders, Great Questions, Leadership Lessons from the Links, Playing a Bigger Game, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

I have often thought that there are lessons to be learned from the media we watch, but I have eschewed writing about them here for fear of sounding frivolous.  However, if my colleague Scott Eblin can use observations from American Idol as he did last week in a posting entitled Feedback Do’s and Don’ts from […]

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PonderThis: Opportunities in the Gap

April 9th, 2009 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Opportunities in the Gap · Great Questions, PonderThis

No one knows what the outcome will be of the changes we are undergoing… not for certain anyway.  What is certain is that the changes are creating gaps. In those gaps is a combination of opportunity and difficulty.  In many ways, as old structures break down, the relationships that feed them have a lag time […]

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