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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: What ELSE Can we Learn from Goldman Sachs

April 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off on PonderThis: What ELSE Can we Learn from Goldman Sachs · Follow the Leaders, PonderThis, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

The pundits have lined up to comment on the SEC’s indictment of Goldman Sachs.  The analysis, finger pointing and positioning mounts by the hour.  But in addition to the debates about reform and regulation there are some subtle yet important leadership lessons to be learned.  Here are few that got my attention. Perception Matters – […]

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Meetings Again!

April 19th, 2010 · Comments Off on Meetings Again! · Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

Meetings are low hanging fruit.  If you were to parachute me into any company blind and ask me to find a way to make major impacts to productivity, meeting culture is one of the first places I would look. After witnessing a painful, nonproductive 3 hour ordeal that has become a bi-weekly ritual for an […]

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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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Undercover Boss and Henry V

February 21st, 2010 · Comments Off on Undercover Boss and Henry V · Follow the Leaders, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

In the early days of business process re-engineering, many companies went through the exercise of following an order through its entire life cycle so that they could truly understand the costs and issues with fulfillment.  One of the exercises I will often ask a leader to undertake is to follow a decision through its life […]

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PonderThis: Accountability for Accountability

February 4th, 2010 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Accountability for Accountability · PonderThis, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

A change leader can delegate parts of an initiative, but ultimately accountability for accountability remains with the leader. Gartner Group, the tech analysis organization famous for their predictions, is out with their prognostication about the use of Social Networking in business.  (See the whole article here).   One of their pronouncements is unfortunately very familiar: “Through […]

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It’s What You Do Next That Counts

December 6th, 2009 · Comments Off on It’s What You Do Next That Counts · Leadership Lessons from the Links, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

In big surgical procedures, doctors will often get donations of blood from a patient before surgery so that it can be used to for transfusions during and after the procedure. I saw this billboard in St. Pancras Int’l train station in London this morning and found myself wondering, “How often would we all find learning […]

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What Worked There Might Not Work Here (or Now)

October 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

Here is a story I would like to follow to the end.  A hotel consultant who purchased a hotel in Taos NM has alienated himself from the community by insisting that the Hispanic culture of the hotel be Anglicized.  He thought he was improving the “customer experience”- but his staff and the community now think […]

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Rigorous Planning

October 6th, 2009 · Comments Off on Rigorous Planning · Follow the Leaders, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

Planning has always been a foundational managerial skill.  But in a service economy, leadership is needed to prevent the plan from being part of any project’s demise.  In a manufacturing based economy, no one could ignore physics when making assumptions and building plans.  But in a service based economy, cutting corners seems to have become […]

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The Power of a Second Chance: What Michael Vick (and the Rest of Us) Can Learn from Ted Kennedy’s Life

August 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

Skilled leaders understand that if you are going to be on the line for decisions, you are going to make bad ones.  But what takes the measure of a leader’s character and resilience is what they do with hardship born of their own poor decisions. Michael Vick has been through a lot.  His bad behavior […]

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