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Helpful?

February 6, 2019
Helpful?

Perception: Recently, a young person who I’m mentoring got onto a tirade about his boss micromanaging him. After he calmed down a bit, I asked him to give me some details. (For confidentiality reasons, I will obscure the real information, but the “story” is otherwise true.) It seems that his boss would frequently delegate a […]

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Carefrontational

January 30, 2019
Carefrontational

A New Word: Back in 2005, during a leadership training class, I heard a new word, “Carefrontational.” I thought, “Wow! What a great word.” Very little further explanation was given. The instructor just used the word and knew we’d understand what was meant. I’m sure it is also apparent to you as well. Just in […]

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Groupthink

January 23, 2019
Groupthink

Bad Rap: We all use groupthink, whether we admit to doing so or not. I hear groupthink used as an epithet — “Avoid groupthink” or “That’s just groupthink.” I gather that the point of the warning to avoid groupthink is to make sure that I do think. And question not only my assumptions but the […]

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These Three Things

January 16, 2019
These Three Things

In a recent leadership group meeting, I was prompted to think a bit more about common leadership traits. I have settled on what I believe to be common leadership traits based on the great leaders I know personally. And of course, I added a few leaders about whom I’ve read but who I do not […]

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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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Book Review: 1-Page Marketing Plan by Allan Dib

January 2, 2019
Book Review: 1-Page Marketing Plan by Allan Dib

Persuaded: I will admit that I picked this book up with grave misgivings. I was asked by the author’s assistant to review the book but declined to do so. Coincidentally, a week later, one of my clients was looking for a way to get his leadership team on the same page when it came to […]

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The Universe is Indifferent

December 26, 2018
The Universe is Indifferent

Paranoid: Here’s my belief: The Universe is Indifferent. By that I mean it doesn’t care whether I — or my family, or my community, or my country, or even the earth itself — survive or not. It isn’t out to kill me either. It’s just indifferent. So, I’m not paranoid about this. I see cosmic […]

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Appreciation

December 19, 2018
Appreciation

All Year Long: Several things have converged to make me think a bit more seriously about recognition. First, of course, is that the year-end holidays are upon us. The holidays frequently make me take stock and appreciate my good fortune. Second is a holiday party I attended for one of our clients. A third event […]

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Shipshape

December 12, 2018
Shipshape

Experience: There is a saying about sailing that goes something like this: “Sailing is hours and hours of boredom punctuated by minutes of sheer terror.” In my experience, that is pretty much true. Moreover, while I am familiar with sailboats, my brother is an expert on all things marine. When I asked him about his […]

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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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