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Common Enemies — Part I

September 19, 2018
Common Enemies — Part I

Hurricane Florence 2018 Common Enemies:  As leaders, we are charged with the vision for our organization. That usually means predicting where we need to be in the future. People with different world views will unite when they have a common enemy. I believe we have major “enemies” that have the potential to unite people across […]

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The Resistance

September 12, 2018
The Resistance

Engagement:  I was slightly amused at the recent NY Times anonymous editorial about the “Internal Resistance” to the present leadership. “Welcome to our world,” I said out loud to no one in particular. They are lucky that this is out in the open. We in the private sector rarely get such a heads up! According […]

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Chef’s Garden

September 5, 2018
Chef’s Garden

The Garden is Well Planned:  During a recent conference, I had the opportunity to visit the Chef’s Garden. It was a working garden for sure. By that I mean that the Chef used the produce and herbs in her recipes.I’m guessing that the Chef also supplemented her yield with commercial herbs and produce since the […]

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No Salesperson Needed

August 29, 2018
No Salesperson Needed

A Tale of Two Purchases:  We do not make large purchases very often. Recently, however, we found ourselves in the position of having to replace our two aging, high-mileage cars. And we had two very different experiences. One was salesperson-intensive. One was not. In both cases, we knew exactly what car, model, and accessory packages […]

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Boards

August 22, 2018
Boards

A new Model 3 in our neighborhood. Oversight:  Tesla is in the news these days. Mainly because the majority owner, CEO and COB, Mr. Elon Musk, started a firestorm on Twitter. From a startup point of view I find this company to be quite impressive. I now see a lot of Tesla vehicles in the wild. […]

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Expiry Date

August 15, 2018
Expiry Date

Use By:  We’re all used to our perishable food coming with an expiry date. They take various forms such as: Sell by mm/dd/yyyy or Best if used by mm/dd/yyyy. And sometimes, they don’t say much of anything. There’s just a date and maybe some undecipherable lot code. It’s up to us to guess if the […]

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Two Levels Up

August 8, 2018
Two Levels Up

Autonomy:  I hear a lot of discussion these days about keeping employees engaged in the workplace. Let me explain what employee engagement has to do with “two levels up.” We know, from the research by Daniel Pink and others, that knowledge workers require three things to be fully engaged at work: Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose. […]

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Being Noticed

August 1, 2018
Being Noticed

A Tale of Two Castles: On a recent trip, we were able to visit the castle on the right, Neuschwanstein. We were only able to see the castle on the left, Hohenscwangau, from afar (click on the image to enlarge it). They both overlook the Pöllat Gorge in Germany. The purpose of showing them is […]

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Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

July 25, 2018
Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

It’s In Our DNA! How often have we heard that statement? Personally, I hear it quite frequently. Often, it’s used as a way of excusing a person’s actions: “I can’t help it, it’s in my DNA.” I also hear it used as an indictment of another person who is reluctant try something new. Deoxyribonucleic Acid […]

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Curiosity

July 18, 2018
Curiosity

Just Wondering Not long ago, several colleagues and I were discussing our views on leadership. Soon the conversation turned to leadership attributes. After several rounds of the usual attributes — integrity, transparency, humility, vision, etc. —  curiosity emerged as perhaps the most important attribute of a great leader. Subsequent to that conversation, I came across this quote from […]

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