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Solution Finder

February 21, 2018 0 Comments
Solution Finder

Problem Solver: Bill Taylor, founding editor of FastCompany Magazine, had this to say at a conference I attended, “Don’t be a problem solver. Be a solution finder.” As he put context around that statement, I began to understand what he meant. If, as leaders, we allow our people to simply solve a problem, we may […]

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Differentiation and Values

February 14, 2018 0 Comments
Differentiation and Values

Values: I spend a fair amount of time discussing culture with executives and entrepreneurs. In my view, values underpin the culture in an organization. They are the foundation of decision making. And the decisions that get made define the culture of the organization. Yet many (most?) organizations do not pay significant attention to developing values […]

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Unintended Consequences

February 7, 2018 0 Comments
Unintended Consequences

More Pain: Finally. But who’s going to jail? According to the 2/2/18 article in the Los Angeles Times, the Federal Reserved ordered Wells Fargo & Co. to “cap its growth and improve its corporate governance.” This is supposed to be punishment for “widespread consumer abuses and other compliance breakdowns.” But who’s going to jail? And […]

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The Next Worry

January 31, 2018 0 Comments
The Next Worry

Past Worry — Jobs: Long before it was an every day discussion topic, I and my colleague, David Salahi, were speaking and writing about how technology had the potential to displace many (all?) jobs. Primarily, the purpose of speaking and writing was to generate discussion! What were humans going to do to make a living? […]

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Doubt and Learning

January 24, 2018 0 Comments
Doubt and Learning

Embrace Doubt: Often, I will start out with a new client, project or endeavor with a considerable amount of conscious doubt. What makes me think I can do this? What makes me think I will be the best coach for this person? When will they find out I’m really an impostor? Frankly I can’t think […]

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Reason

January 17, 2018 0 Comments
Reason

Reality: On a recent flight, I was listening to Sam Harris interview Eric Weinstein and Ben Shapiro. One of the (many) topics they touched on was reason. According to my notes, the comment was made that: “Reason maps onto reality. Which is why it’s reason.” — Sam Harris That comment made me go down the […]

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Pressure From the Top

January 10, 2018 0 Comments
Pressure From the Top

Out Front: To be a leader often requires that we apply pressure to the team, from the top, to effect change. The leader is “ahead” of the organization. She has a vision that requires the organization to move in a different direction. And she needs to more or less force the desired change to happen. […]

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A Leader Is Always On Parade

January 3, 2018 0 Comments
A Leader Is Always On Parade

What you do. . . speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying. One of my mentors during my corporate days used to say that, “What interests my boss absolutely fascinates me!” And over the years I have said to several mentees, “Watch what your leader does. What she spends her time on, what […]

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People Always

December 27, 2017 0 Comments
People Always

Mission First: But people always. Here’s my takeaway from the mantra: “Mission first, people ALWAYS.” It is true that we are always dealing with people. Ourselves, our leadership team, our employees, our customers and our vendors — all are people. At least for now! I’ve long said that we need to put our employees first. […]

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In Praise of Experts

December 20, 2017 0 Comments
In Praise of Experts

Expert On Every Thing: There was a time, I’m told, when it was possible for a person to know just about everything about every thing in the human experience. Now to be sure, that so-called “knowledge” had to be incomplete and even incorrect in many cases. Nevertheless, one could be a “Renaissance Man” (a term […]

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