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Curiosity Disruption

April 3, 2019
Curiosity Disruption

The Curiosity Trap: As mentioned several times on this blog, curiosity is a common trait of successful leaders. Many leadership coaches consider curiosity to be a requisite leadership strength. Also, on the blog, I have mentioned that one’s strength is also a weakness. How do these two precepts jibe? When is curiosity a weakness? Disruption […]

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Ageism Is Alive And Well

March 13, 2019
Ageism Is Alive And Well

Stereotype: “We need fresh ideas.” “We need a Millennial to address our social media marketing.” “I don’t think Frank is up to the demands of the new software.” “If our salespeople won’t use the automation system, then we’ll get some younger folks in here who will!” I’ve heard these comments or comments very close to […]

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Different Answers

January 9, 2019
Different Answers

Same Questions: I love the story told about Einstein teaching his class of advanced physics students. It goes like this. He administered an examination to the students. One of his teaching assistants noticed that the exam he handed out was the same exam as the prior year. The assistant carefully approached Einstein and pointed out […]

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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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Common Enemies — Part I

September 19, 2018
Common Enemies — Part I

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 the globe: Climate […]

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No Salesperson Needed

August 29, 2018
No Salesperson Needed

A Tale of Two Purchases:  We — my wife and I — 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 […]

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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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Simplify

June 6, 2018 0 Comments
Simplify

Why Simplify? A leader must be able to make the complex simple. That is not easy to do — on several fronts! In many (most?) organizations today, our employees know more about the details of their jobs than their leaders do. This is inevitable in our modern world and will only become more true as time […]

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Competitive Advantage?

May 23, 2018 0 Comments
Competitive Advantage?

Sustainable Advantage: I don’t know how we can claim we have a sustainable competitive advantage unless, that is, that we believe that advantage to be our ability to learn faster than the competition. Technology is moving much too fast for us to think that some sort of product or service is really our competitive advantage. […]

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