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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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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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The Power of Positive Public Discourse

November 30th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Power of Positive Public Discourse · Follow the Leaders, Playing a Bigger Game, Uncategorized

If you read here regularly you know that I often fret about the polarized nature of public discourse.  We have had plenty of examples of that this week with the new oppositional House and the President ready to square off on tax cuts.  And it is no surprise that the rhetoric of partisan politics, wrapping […]

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Why General McChrystal Had to Go

June 28th, 2010 · Comments Off on Why General McChrystal Had to Go · Uncategorized

Any top team needs debate and even conflict- but only at the right time and in the right setting.  That time and that setting are before the matter is decided. Given how long it took President Obama to set the strategy, there was plenty of time for disagreement and even advocacy.  Great leaders know that […]

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Leadership Lesson from the World Cup: How to Be Your Own Worst Enemy

June 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off on Leadership Lesson from the World Cup: How to Be Your Own Worst Enemy · Uncategorized

An American with no street cred whatsoever writing about the World Cup may be a dangerous thing.  While I am a fan, I cannot pretend to understand the subtleties of a game I did not ever play much.  And certainly I barely understand the arcane workings of FIFA, the governing body of the World Cup […]

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A Little Research Help?

June 4th, 2010 · Comments Off on A Little Research Help? · Uncategorized

I am working on an article this month and need a little help from anyone reading here, and anyone you are willing to enroll.  Yep, one more web survey.  This one should take about 10 minutes tops, unless you really really want to put on the thinking cap.  The main body is two questions asking […]

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PonderThis: Leaders Need for Rest and Renewal

March 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Leaders Need for Rest and Renewal · Organizations at Their Best, PonderThis, Uncategorized

It is Friday and I am supposed to post a PonderThis for the weekend.  But I am also exhausted from a 53 hour period of not sleeping while I worked a full day and then returned from Bangkok, complete with a stopover to see an old friend in Seoul.  I was about to punt, knowing […]

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Where Do You Go?

March 6th, 2009 · Comments Off on Where Do You Go? · Great Questions, PonderThis, Uncategorized

Every leader has that moment when the walls close in.  It can look like overwhelm, a situation so challenging that there appears to be no answer, exhaustion or simply that point that Dante described- a moment where the way forward is totally lost.  Effective leaders have a go-to plan for such moments. For some it […]

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PonderThis: Kill Off Your Darlings

February 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

There is a concept among writers that in order to excel, you must be willing to “Kill off your Darlings.”*  Normally this refers to a wonderful turn of phrase, plot device or literary construct that the writer may love, but just does not serve the purpose for which it was designed.  But what about in […]

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If You Are Campaigning On Leadership… Let’s See It!

August 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Both of the candidates for President have talked a lot about leadership.  Actually that is what they have done most- talk about it.  From a leadership point of view, both campaigns (and so far, both candidates) are a bust.  The campaign process itself is fundamentally broken, providing more opportunity for sniping and secrets than for […]

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