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Stick To Your Guns?

December 5, 2018
Stick To Your Guns?

Which Guns? There is a misconception on some folks’ part that leaders must take a decision and stick to it. “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” I don’t think that is always appropriate or useful. I do believe it is true that a leader must show decisiveness. I also think it’s important that a leader […]

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Tribal Animals

November 28, 2018
Tribal Animals

Nature Rules There is a lot of discussion about organizational culture these days. What is it? How does it contribute to or inhibit effectiveness? How do we “manage” it? “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” – Peter F. Drucker I define culture as simply “the way things get done around here.” And that means how decisions […]

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The Unexamined

November 21, 2018
The Unexamined

Curiosity: In a previous post, I wrote about curiosity and its importance to leadership. I find that many of our organizational policies,procedures, and cultural norms go unexamined. I want to expand on the topic of curiosity a bit more. What drives me to do so is ruminating on my experience with classes I facilitate for […]

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Book Review: The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

November 14, 2018
Book Review: The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

Following Lewis:  There are a couple of authors who I like to “follow.” By that I mean, I usually get any new book they publish. Michael Lewis is one of those authors. It all started with Moneyball, even though I’m a died-in-the-wool NON sports fan. And so The Undoing Project was a must on my […]

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Education

November 7, 2018
Education

Critical Thinking: I’m struggling a bit with my thoughts on how to prepare people, especially our young people, for the work world ahead of us. Certainly some basic skills will be required. But which ones? It is next to impossible to predict what “jobs” will exist, let alone what skills will be needed. Surely, we […]

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A Learning Model

October 31, 2018
A Learning Model

Aware Then Unaware: Years ago, when I was studying martial arts, I became aware of a learning model. I’m pretty sure many, perhaps most, of you are also aware of that model. It goes like this: In the beginning, you aren’t aware of how difficult a task might be. In the Dojo, the Sensei makes […]

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Hire for Attitude

October 24, 2018
Hire for Attitude

Attitude ~ Values: In a recent speech to a group of business leaders, Peter Salvati, CEO of DPR Construction, said that he makes sure his team “Hires for attitude, trains for skills.” And of course, he does the same when he is hiring or promoting his leadership team. To my way of thinking, attitude is […]

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Never Really Ready

October 17, 2018
Never Really Ready

Korean War Monument —  “No combat ready unit ever passed inspection.” The Big Stones: I’m told that “No combat ready unit ever passed inspection.” They know they cannot be “fully ready.” The point here is that there is always room for improvement. So once the “big things” are being done to expectations, we move to […]

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Common Enemies — Part IV

October 10, 2018
Common Enemies — Part IV

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 the globe: Climate Change — Part I, Technological Disruption — Part II, Cybersecurity — Part III, and Economic Bifurcation — Part IV (significant economic inequality). Economic Bifurcation: For a […]

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Common Enemies — Part III

October 3, 2018
Common Enemies — Part III

Working with intelligent machines. 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 the globe: Climate Change — Part I, Technological Disruption — Part II, Cybersecurity — Part III, and Economic Bifurcation — Part IV (significant economic […]

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