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Millennials? No. It’s More

May 13, 2015 0 Comments
Millennials? No. It’s More

I attended a networking meeting not long ago. It’s one I frequently attend. There are many senior executives at this meeting, some are employers, some are working executives and some are folks in transition. It’s always an interesting group. For the second time in a row though, the question of “What is wrong with the Millennial […]

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Vote

April 29, 2015 0 Comments
Vote

Here’s an idea — a mind game if  you will. What if your leadership position depended on employees, suppliers, shareholders and customers voting to let you continue in office? On Feb. 23, [2015] something almost unimaginable happened. A corporation put up all the top executive posts for democratic selection by their employees in an anonymous vote. […]

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The Regulation “We Deserve.”

April 22, 2015 0 Comments
The Regulation “We Deserve.”

Yesterday I had lunch with a good friend and colleague. We had a wide ranging discussion as usual, including talking about the water situation here in Southern California. Recently a court ruling found that a small town’s water district here in SoCal did not calculate their rates properly. I suspect the Water District knew that, but […]

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Work Quality Versus Urgency

April 8, 2015 0 Comments
Work Quality Versus Urgency

Some companies I work with seem to be in a perpetual state of urgency. Meaning, everything is urgent, by definition. Folks are always running around “putting out fires,” rushing to meet deadlines or fixing things that they did last month that “went South.” Many years ago, one of my more enlightened leaders, let’s call him Bob, […]

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Leadership and Strings

February 11, 2015 0 Comments
Leadership and Strings

One evening this past weekend, my wife and I had the pleasure of attending a musical dinner. It was amazing. The food was wonderful, the wine plentiful and the music personal. I say “personal” because we were right there in the same room with the musicians, or in our case, on the balcony above. The […]

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To Question is the Answer

November 26, 2014 0 Comments
To Question is the Answer

When I left the corporate world and first started my practice, I was a management consultant (as opposed to my present practice as an executive coach). Early on, I was advised by my mentor that it would be a good thing if I found out why people decided to engage our services. That is, to […]

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Goals are Inherent in Leadership

September 3, 2014
Goals are Inherent in Leadership

I had a scintillating conversation with a colleague a couple of weeks ago. We were at a restaurant sharing a meal with another professional coach. The conversation turned on a comment by my colleague (I’ll call him Paul) that he was “disappointed” in a highly regarded book we had read on leadership. Disappointed because the […]

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Leadership: Minds On, Hands Off

February 12, 2014
Leadership: Minds On, Hands Off

I had a meeting with a potential coaching client last evening. The conversation was exhilarating. As it often does, the discussion turned to delegating, holding people accountable and developing leaders. I shared with this gentleman the concept of “I intend to” from David Marquet’s book Turn the Ship Around! We discussed how he can “manage […]

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Nothing Ruins a Good Story Like Good Research

January 29, 2014
Nothing Ruins a Good Story Like Good Research

Either your own good research or someone else’s good research. It’s a bummer. It has to do with confirmation bias. We tend to find facts, data and anecdotes that support our hypothesis. When we “put ourselves out there” and make a definitive statement as though it is factual, and then have someone who happens to […]

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Leaders Fail – Every Day

January 22, 2014
Leaders Fail – Every Day

How do I fail thee? Let me count the ways. The number seems infinite. The possibilities for failure seem infinite. Good leaders fail, many times, every day. That’s not what makes them good leaders; it is what makes them human. They are good, maybe even great leaders despite their failures. I miss important signals about […]

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