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Hump Day Wisdom: Making Your Own Luck

January 6th, 2009 · Comments Off on Hump Day Wisdom: Making Your Own Luck · Great Questions, Playing a Bigger Game, PonderThis, Team Notes

This post about luck on Seth Godin’s blog got my attention this morning.  I often wonder about luck.  There is much in chance and coincidence in the world; but it is our openness and attitude about it that impacts the outcome. The new hire with stronger credentials and experience than your own is either a […]

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The CEO of Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2008 · Comments Off on The CEO of Thanksgiving · Team Notes, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

While the day suggests a posting on gratitude, I cannot help but provide this link to a light hearted but well written piece from the New York times on applying leadership to planning for a family Thanksgiving celebration. Even in the midst of financial upheaval and daily bad news about the economy and war around […]

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Ryder Cup Win: Managing Starpower

September 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Ryder Cup Win: Managing Starpower · Leadership Lessons from the Links, Team Notes

What is a captain (or team leader) to do when the crowd screams “BOOOOOOOO” and Boo loves it?  Managing the effect of star power lets the team shine brighter. The Ryder Cup competition is complete and for the first time in 9 years, the cup will return to the US.  So, what made the difference? […]

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Now Begins the Real Test: Day 2 at the Ryder Cup

September 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Leadership Lessons from the Links, Team Notes

US Captain Paul Azinger has had to endure a lot of second guessing about his strategy for team selection.  What leader doesn’t?  But ‘Zinger did a lot to shake things up.  He changed to rules to favor players where came into the week at the top of their game. So, half his squad  has never […]

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Hump Day Wisdom: Your Opinion or Fact?

September 16th, 2008 · Comments Off on Hump Day Wisdom: Your Opinion or Fact? · PonderThis, Team Notes

One of the hallmarks of great leaders is that they do not confuse their personal opinion with fact.  Some of the most productivity-killing breakdowns happen when we treat our view of any matter as an empirically provable fact.  “It’s hot in here” is an assessment and therefore cannot be proven or disproven empirically.  You may […]

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What Are the Odds? A New View of the Ryder Cup Teams

September 8th, 2008 · Comments Off on What Are the Odds? A New View of the Ryder Cup Teams · Leadership Lessons from the Links, Team Notes

It is never a good idea to try to second guess what will happen at any sporting or political event. Odds-makers the world over have their ways to codify the likely outcome of almost anything.  (At last report- London bookmakers were giving 8-1 odds that the Republican party would change VP candidates!)  And every golf […]

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Let the Second Guessing Begin!

September 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Let the Second Guessing Begin! · Leadership Lessons from the Links, Team Notes

One of the biggest challenges that team leaders face (as well as any executive with a boss) is second guessing- which in a company environment can easily devolve into micro managing. Nick Faldo announced his final Ryder Cup team for Europe on Sunday.  Paul Azinger announced his picks for the final spots on the American […]

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Eyes on the Prize… But Would $10 Million Distract You?

September 1st, 2008 · Comments Off on Eyes on the Prize… But Would $10 Million Distract You? · Leadership Lessons from the Links, Team Notes

How does a team get focused when there is a lot to distract them? Even when team members are passionate about the outcome, distractions and lack of time and resource are always an issue.  Julie Anderson, the co- leader of this amazing project at HP used to use the term “Blood Donor Staffing” to describe […]

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Hump Day Wisdom: Teams and Trust

August 20th, 2008 · Comments Off on Hump Day Wisdom: Teams and Trust · PonderThis, Team Notes

The building blocks for high performing teams are not a mystery.  Trust, courage, commitment, accountability and focus are all critical.  And I would put trust first.  It is the foundation for each of the others. For a quick example, look at the Beach Volleyball teams we have seen at the Olympic Games.  Two person teams […]

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A Laboratory for Teams: The Ryder Cup is Coming

August 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on A Laboratory for Teams: The Ryder Cup is Coming · Leadership Lessons from the Links, Team Notes

For golf fans, the PGA was quite dramatic.  Weather was the main competitor and in a surprise finish, Padraig Harrington took his second major in a row.  There are great stories from this year’s PGA championship, but my focus is on the upcoming Ryder Cup.  Why?  This event, played every other year, is one of […]

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