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Servant Leadership

October 12, 2016 0 Comments
Servant Leadership

What is Servant Leadership? I’ve been thinking about the concept of “Servant Leadership.” To me, that term simply means that a leader is there to serve his/her people and teams as a resource. The leader allocates appropriate resources, removes bureaucratic obstacles and actively manages the organization’s culture. What Servant Leadership is Not It is not […]

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There Are Two Kinds of Companies

June 22, 2016 0 Comments
There Are Two Kinds of Companies

MBA vs Relationship Business For a long time I’ve been talking about there being only two kinds of companies. I started out calling them Number Businesses and Family Businesses. That got some blank stares and a few folks were a bit offended when I referred to their companies as a “Family Business.” They insisted that “No, we […]

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Trust – Up, Down and Across the Organization

January 6, 2016 0 Comments
Trust – Up, Down and Across the Organization

The issue of trust in organizations came up several times during the last two months (of last year). I am working with a couple of new executives and so we had not been through the conversation at that point. And I was reminded of this again when I saw a list of the “Six T’s” […]

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The Black Box

December 9, 2015 0 Comments
The Black Box

Eons ago, when I was in engineering school, we had an exercise known as “The Black Box.” The idea is simple, the challenge wasn’t always so simple. Inside the box, hidden from our view, was an electronic circuit. There were two variations, a paper exercise where we were given the input and output wave forms […]

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Book Review: Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

December 4, 2015 0 Comments
Book Review: Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

I am grateful that I had Chapman’s book “on the shelf” (in the electronic reader) to read. I had just finished Jeffrey Pfeffer’s book, Leadership BS, and was pretty down based on what I had read. What a delight and contrast, to pick up Chapman’s and Sisodia’s book. It has renewed my faith in human […]

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Backwards on the Vacation Thing

August 5, 2015 0 Comments
Backwards on the Vacation Thing

I beg your indulgence. I am going to get to the vacation thing, but first a few other thoughts to put this all in context. We are told, I think correctly, that to be great leaders we need to build a safe environment for our people. What that means is that everyone is treated with […]

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Book Review: Shift; Indigenous principles for corporate change by Glenn Geffcken

July 16, 2014
Book Review: Shift; Indigenous principles for corporate change by Glenn Geffcken

I am “always” on the lookout for interesting models for corporate governance, ethics and/or change. So when the publisher for Geffcken’s book, Shift, briefly described the content and asked me if I’d be willing to review his book, I accepted the request. After I purchased the book, it sat for a while so that I […]

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Book Review: The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee

April 7, 2014
Book Review: The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee

I found this book to be fascinating since I’ve spent my professional life in and around technology companies. Even today while most of the business leaders I work with are not directly in the technology business, all are using and are affected by technology. So I’m still into technology up to my neck. The Second […]

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Book Review: Average is Over by Tyler Cowen

February 27, 2014
Book Review: Average is Over by Tyler Cowen

According to Tyler Cowen,”The widening gap between rich and poor means dealing with one big, uncomfortable truth: If you’re not at the top, you’re at the bottom.” There is no average any longer, and my observations as of late would indicate that Mr. Cowen is on to something. So who are those who will be […]

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Conscious Capitalism

April 4, 2013
Conscious Capitalism

There seems to be a big movement towards businesses being more “compassionate,” “conscious,” and/or “triple bottom line oriented.” Maybe it’s the chaotic times causing everyone to be looking for meaning. I’m sure there are many, many books out there on the subject of developing meaning in chaotic times. A few have crossed my desk in […]

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