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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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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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Leading Change: It’s About Friction, Force and Risk

January 25th, 2010 · Comments Off on Leading Change: It’s About Friction, Force and Risk · Organizations at Their Best, Team Notes

I recently spent a half-day with students at the William J. Clinton School of Public Service.  They are a remarkable group of students working on a Masters degree in Public Service.  We spent our time focusing on a framework for personal leadership as well as some practical tools for their teams to use as they […]

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That Time of Year: Rethinking the Project Queue

October 14th, 2009 · Comments Off on That Time of Year: Rethinking the Project Queue · Follow the Leaders, Playing a Bigger Game, Team Notes

It is starting to be that time of year again.  Many of my clients are gearing up for the annual ritual of planning and budgeting for next year.  While planning may seem a theoretical nicety in a business climate that is focused on survival, there are a number of advantages that lean times provide.  Many […]

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The Four Horsemen: Toxic Team Behaviors

October 9th, 2009 · Comments Off on The Four Horsemen: Toxic Team Behaviors · PonderThis, Team Notes

I am in the UK this week and have been reminded by the local press that the U.S. does not have a corner on the market for unhealthy public discourse.  Gordon Brown refused to provide answers to MP’s as skillfully as anyone who has ever been the subject of a Congressional inquiry.  Skilled leaders understand […]

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Leadership Wisdom in the Woods

July 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment · PonderThis, Team Notes, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

As I stood watching the turkey vultures that are endemic to most of North America gliding in their circles in search of a meal, something occurred to me for the first time. Although they may look like they are practicing for the Blue Angels, their circles are in sync because they are riding the same […]

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Team Magic: Sometimes It Just Happens

June 9th, 2009 · Comments Off on Team Magic: Sometimes It Just Happens · Team Notes

Sometimes it just happens.  No ropes course, no offsite, no formal launch and not even a coach! (gasp).  This example is not a corporate team and takes me dangerously close to being classified as a “cat” blog.  But I have always thought that there was learning everywhere if we are willing to look for it. […]

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PonderThis: Miss California, Vampires and EQ

May 7th, 2009 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Miss California, Vampires and EQ · PonderThis, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life, Team Notes

Ok, so the Miss America Pageant may not seem like the most likely laboratory for leadership learning, but the current brou-ha-ha over the status of Carrie Prejean and her status as Miss California is a perfect storm for understanding how groups and teams melt down. So, what’s going on here?  Should a pageant contestant be […]

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Kingly Virtues

March 21st, 2009 · Comments Off on Kingly Virtues · Follow the Leaders, Playing a Bigger Game, PonderThis, Team Notes

I am in Bangkok this week working with the Asia Pacific leadership team for a client.  I came in a couple of days early to get over the jet lag and be a tourist.  But I found something I cannot resist posting here.  And since I missed my Friday PonderThis post to jet lag, here […]

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Hump day Wisdom: What Do You Talk About?

January 21st, 2009 · Comments Off on Hump day Wisdom: What Do You Talk About? · Great Questions, Playing a Bigger Game, PonderThis, Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life, Team Notes, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

As the presidency of George W. Bush has drawn to a close, we have seen more writing and public acknowledgment for what he has achieved than usual. With all the attention on negative press and poor approval ratings, it is easy to vilify the man who came into office on a domestic agenda and was […]

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