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Blog Housekeeping- And the Cost of Free Services

September 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Blog Housekeeping- And the Cost of Free Services · Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

There is an action step needed for those of you who are reading here based on an RSS feed.  If you get my postings via email- then no action is needed.  But there is also powerful cautionary tail here about the value of “free” in the internet economy. So- action step first- then the story. […]

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A Constructive Use for Fear

March 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Constructive Use for Fear · Playing a Bigger Game, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

Fear can be a powerful motivator.   But how it is used tells us a lot about a leader.  There have been a number of leaders (both fictional and real) who were masters at using fear and intimidation to get results. Have a look at the YouTube clip to the right.  Talk about emotional intelligence!  You […]

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Been in These Meetings?

July 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Been in These Meetings? · Playing a Bigger Game, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

I found this piece on meetings this morning by John E. McIntyre of the Baltimore Sun.  It is a very funny take on the stereotypical caricatures found around a meeting table.  Sad to say his description is all too true.  And of course we love to denigrate meetings.  Last week there was a piece on […]

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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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Greg Mortenson- What to do When We Discover Our Leaders are Flawed

April 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Greg Mortenson- What to do When We Discover Our Leaders are Flawed · Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life, Thoughts on Life and Leadership, Uncategorized

How do we respond when we discover that leaders whom we admire are not what we thought?  What happens to the good work done when a leader is shown to be flawed or corrupt?  Moreover, what does our response say about us and our commitment to our own values? By now, the news of Greg […]

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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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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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If You Are Going to Apologize- Apologize

February 7th, 2011 · Comments Off on If You Are Going to Apologize- Apologize · Playing a Bigger Game, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life, Uncategorized

Another Super Bowl has passed and once again it seems that there is more commentary and furor on line over the commercials than what was actually a pretty good football game.  By now we have come to expect the exploitation of women from Go Daddy (although they may have reached a new low this year).  […]

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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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