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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 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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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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Half Baked

April 25, 2018 0 Comments
Half Baked

The Test: My wife does a fair amount of baking. I noticed that when she is baking a cake or bread, she will sometimes stick a sharp knife (like a paring knife) or a toothpick into the cake when the timer indicates that the cake is supposed to be “done.” Sometimes, after doing this, she […]

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It Takes a Crisis

March 28, 2018 0 Comments
It Takes a Crisis

Crisis: Many attribute the statement, “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” to Winston Churchill. His statement was meant to point out that a good politician will know how to address a crisis in such a way as to turn it to political advantage. I’m not sure that things always work out for politicians […]

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Self-inflicted Frustration

March 14, 2018 0 Comments
Self-inflicted Frustration

Frustration: I rather regularly do this to myself. I get frustrated with a process that has been in place for awhile. Then, I go through a flurry of activity to investigate different solutions. Eventually, I settle on living with my present frustration or, more often than not, opting for new frustration. This past couple of […]

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