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Archive for December, 2015

Accountable People Achieve Results

December 30, 2015 0 Comments
Accountable People Achieve Results

We take responsibility, but we are held accountable. And good leaders hold themselves, not just others, accountable. The year is just about over — okay, many folks are on vacation at this point so for all practical purposes, the year is over — and so this is a good time to look back and hold ourselves accountable. […]

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Risk – Putting Your Head on the Block

December 23, 2015 0 Comments
Risk – Putting Your Head on the Block

We have lots of sayings about this topic, such as: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” And “Fail forward faster.” Or “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” One of my favorites is “A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.” How about, “If […]

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Life on the Bleeding Edge of Technology

December 16, 2015 0 Comments
Life on the Bleeding Edge of Technology

<geek alert> I have “always” enjoyed the challenges of technology. Well, at least since the time I was twelve or so and “went to work” at my father’s boiler construction company during summer breaks. Work is a generous word to use. And technology was decidedly “low” tech. Pipe wrenches, pneumatic drills, heavy electric machines for […]

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The Black Box

December 9, 2015 0 Comments
The Black Box

Eons ago, when I was in engineering school, we had an exercise known as “The Black Box.” The idea is simple, the challenge wasn’t always so simple. Inside the box, hidden from our view, was an electronic circuit. There were two variations, a paper exercise where we were given the input and output wave forms […]

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Book Review: Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

December 4, 2015 0 Comments
Book Review: Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

I am grateful that I had Chapman’s book “on the shelf” (in the electronic reader) to read. I had just finished Jeffrey Pfeffer’s book, Leadership BS, and was pretty down based on what I had read. What a delight and contrast, to pick up Chapman’s and Sisodia’s book. It has renewed my faith in human […]

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Book Review: Leadership BS by Jeffrey Pfeffer

December 3, 2015 0 Comments
Book Review: Leadership BS by Jeffrey Pfeffer

Contrary to Pfeffer‘s advice, I want to be fully transparent: presently I am a Leadership Coach who is actively engaged in working with business leaders from startup companies to multi-billion dollar public companies. In addition, during my career in industry, I have had the good fortune to be a leader and to work with business leaders. […]

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Laughing in the Face of “No”

December 2, 2015 0 Comments
Laughing in the Face of “No”

Kids can teach us a lot of things. I know mine have — and not just after they became adults. They taught me about being totally open, no preconceived notions; I wish they were close by to keep reminding me of that lesson. They taught me about tough-love, being consistent and how loving someone as much as […]

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