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Archive for July, 2013

For Leaders, Creativity Comes First

July 31, 2013
For Leaders, Creativity Comes First

The polite version of the comment I often get when I suggest to a business leader that they consider taking time to work ON (as opposed to IN) their business is, “I don’t have time to go to the bathroom as it is, and you want me to do what?” A truth is, of course, […]

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Our Economy’s Performance is Perfect

July 28, 2013
Our Economy’s Performance is Perfect

Lots of folks are still complaining. The growth is too slow. The growth is uneven. The jobs created do not pay enough. There are too many temporary jobs. Personally, I believe the folks spouting this stuff haven’t figured out that these are the old model measurements which no longer apply, and that the data show our […]

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Communication – You Must Lead

July 24, 2013
Communication – You Must Lead

It all started with the Harvard Business Review. Dan Pallotta posted “Just Call Someone Already,” and I just “had to make a comment.” A journalist, working on an article, saw the comment, found my e-mail address and, wisely, sent me an e-mail asking if we might have a conversation and when would be a good […]

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Danger! Leader On Pedestal

July 17, 2013
Danger! Leader On Pedestal

Many times, when facilitating discussions around leadership, I will ask participants to “brainstorm” a list of attributes for leaders. The list is always long with great characteristics for all manner of leaders. The chances of finding a person with all or even a significant number of the attributes is nil. Yet, it seems as though we […]

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Are You Leading in Using Technology?

July 10, 2013
Are You Leading in Using Technology?

I recently shared with a colleague that I get a bit frustrated at times with having to do things over and over because others don’t bother to learn how to do things for themselves when it comes to technology. Evidence tells me that they are fully capable of learning what they need to learn to at […]

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Why not happen to something?

July 4, 2013
Why not happen to something?

Are you always responding to something that happens? Why not change things up a bit and you happen to something instead? Leaders initiate change. They don’t simply wait and react to outside events. They see patterns forming, trends in their markets and weaknesses in their companies, industry and competitors. Then, rather than wait for events […]

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Demographics Driving Change – Inside and Out

July 1, 2013
Demographics Driving Change – Inside and Out

Things are changing rapidly. Not only are our workers younger, so are our customers. The accelerating pace of change means that to survive we will be updating, tweaking, throwing out and rebuilding our business models, processes and perceived “truths.” Yes, for many of us, our most cherished beliefs are being called into question. I’ve written […]

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