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Archive for April, 2014

Leadership: “The Truth is . . .”

April 30, 2014
Leadership: “The Truth is . . .”

I hear this phrase frequently during discussions and meetings. Someone will inevitably start a statement or counter someone else’s comment with the assertion “The truth is . . .” How can that statement be accurate? As leaders, should we let it stand? A more accurate statement might be, “A truth is . . .” or better […]

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Book Review: The Everything Store by Brad Stone

April 24, 2014
Book Review: The Everything Store by Brad Stone

Brad Stone has written an excellent account of the building of Amazon. It appears to be a well balanced and not all pretty accounting of both Jeff Bezos and the company he built. The image Stone built in my mind was that of a focused to a fault leader who, in many ways, treated his […]

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Synchronicity

April 23, 2014
Synchronicity

Its interesting what happens when I have some “downtime.” On our vacation, I had lots of downtime (meaning off the grid) on purpose. So many thoughts went through my head about a whole slew of unrelated topics. One, somewhat related to our vacation, occurred to me as I was lounging on the balcony waiting to depart the […]

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Leadership: Courage

April 16, 2014
Leadership: Courage

Courage. This leadership attribute comes up in many different ways. We talk about having those fierce conversations with peers, employees and our own superiors. We talk about having the conviction to move ahead in the face of adversity. It all adds up to courage. According to the on-line Merriam Webster Dictionary: Courage: mental or moral strength […]

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Leadership: Peer Communication

April 9, 2014
Leadership: Peer Communication

Have you ever “disguised” your message when communicating with employees, team members and/or colleagues? Some leaders with whom I’ve worked do just that. They are indirect to a fault. For example, one of the managers I coached had a habit of leading a conversation intending to praise a peer with the caveat of “I don’t […]

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Book Review: The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee

April 7, 2014
Book Review: The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee

I found this book to be fascinating since I’ve spent my professional life in and around technology companies. Even today while most of the business leaders I work with are not directly in the technology business, all are using and are affected by technology. So I’m still into technology up to my neck. The Second […]

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Leadership: Competency

April 2, 2014
Leadership: Competency

It is our responsibility as leaders to make sure our employees have the tools and training to accomplish the tasks we set for them. Sometimes, if we have come up through the ranks, we believe that it’s faster if we just “do it.” That’s a critical mistake. We quickly become the bottleneck in the organization […]

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