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Now is no time to be ignorant

By | January 26th, 2013|Competence, Life|

Earlier this week I was reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King's quote, “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” and [...]

Weak and detached executives and their emotional bullsh*t

By | January 12th, 2013|Character, Competence, Leadership|

Sometimes executives, and other managers, exhibit bad behavior. It happens. Managers are people, too. Occasionally, however, executives are abusive, in the same way that a [...]

Focus – just say no

By | December 1st, 2012|Competence, Strategy, Thinking Differently|

Steve Jobs' biographer, Walter Issacson, tells how when Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 the company was producing a "random array of computers computers and [...]

One question you should ask about next year

By | November 21st, 2012|Competence, Strategy, Thinking Differently|

Have you noticed that things take time? Great things seem to take even longer. Nine months to get a child. Four years (+/-) to get [...]

Three management pretenses to stop today

By | November 13th, 2012|Character, Competence, Leadership|

Once the curtain has been pulled back and we understand that The Wizard is just an ordinary person, the booming voice from the disembodied, intimidating [...]

Stories are difference-makers

By | October 10th, 2012|Communication, Competence, Leadership, Life|

"Stories are how we think. They are how we make meaning of life. Call them schemas, scripts, cognitive maps, mental models, metaphors, or narratives. Stories are how [...]

Leaders Align

By | August 11th, 2012|Competence, Leadership|

Some years ago I was returning from Montreal to Atlanta after a consulting project. The airplane had a scheduled stop in Boston. Prior to our [...]

Leaders Improve

By | July 25th, 2012|Competence, Leadership|

Thankfully, the balance of the economy is resting quietly, your customers are comfortable with the level of service and quality that you provide, and your [...]

Leaders Act

By | July 19th, 2012|Competence, Leadership|

Picture this: your car is stalled beside the road. Luckily, it’s just a dead battery, but there are no jumper cables around. A good Samaritan [...]

Leaders Clarify

By | July 8th, 2012|Communication, Competence, Leadership|

In a subtropical forest in Africa a troop of gorillas is in the midst of their daily activities when a twig snaps in the brush. [...]

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