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Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

September 13, 2017 0 Comments
Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Drucker and Fields It’s my understanding that Management Guru Peter Drucker coined the phrase “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” I also understand that Mark Fields, CEO of Ford, made it popular. All of which is fine with me. What I know from experience is Drucker’s statement is absolutely true. And I will be so bold […]

Get Off the Freeway

September 6, 2017 0 Comments
Get Off the Freeway

A Surprise We were at a breakfast meeting when I happened to mention that earlier in the week, a colleague had a need for a ride home. Of course I offered to help. I was feeling empathy for the fact that he had “lost” his keys somewhere in his office. I lose my keys from […]

Career or Job?

August 30, 2017 0 Comments
Career or Job?

Millennials Not long ago, I was reading one of the many, many articles about Millennials. It was stated that Millennials will change their careers at least four times during their work lives. That seemed pretty significant to me. Until I thought about my own career path. While my corporate career was always in semiconductor businesses, […]

Golf, Photography and Leadership

August 23, 2017 0 Comments
Golf, Photography and Leadership

Golf My father was an avid golfer. He didn’t play much until later in life when his business could more or less run without him. He’d usually spend the morning scheduling all the jobs for the day. Then he’d make the rounds of the jobs making sure everyone had all the tools and supplies necessary. […]

Weakness vs Strength

August 16, 2017 0 Comments
Weakness vs Strength

What’s Your Focus? In my profession (Executive Coaching), there is a lot of discussion around whether one should focus on strengths or on weaknesses. I have tossed this topic around myself and concluded that we should be aware of any weakness, but focus on our strengths. However, a recent podcast brought me up short and […]

Leadership and Engagement

August 9, 2017 0 Comments
Leadership and Engagement

According to Gallup The numbers rarely change. In the U.S., the annual Gallup survey shows that about 70% of our employees are NOT engaged. Meaning, they are putting in no extra effort to move the company forward. Employee engagement is the engine of productivity. Job #1 The CEO, Founder, Owner of a company has one […]

Premortem

August 2, 2017 0 Comments
Premortem

Chrystal Ball Many of us have heard about doing a postmortem on projects, initiatives and business plans. After implementation, we are interested in determining what went right and what went sideways. Perhaps fewer of us have heard about a premortem. In its simplest form, a premortem is planning ahead for a disaster.  Those of us […]

Overshoot

July 26, 2017 0 Comments
Overshoot

Geek Out <Geek Speak> Warning, a bit of geek speak here. Don’t panic, it’s not going to be that painful! Back during the times of my undergraduate education, we often talked about the theoretical issue with a stimulus causing overshoot in a second order system. The image on the right shows that phenomenon in a […]

Preach and Practice

July 19, 2017 0 Comments
Preach and Practice

Quotation Well, I’ve heard it stated many different ways. What I grew up with was the quote, “Practice what you preach.” Then, I’ve been given to believe that Charles Murray states it as, “Do not preach what you do not practice.” Same message though. Leaders must be authentic, do as they request others to do, […]

Disconnected!

July 12, 2017 0 Comments
Disconnected!

Vacation Many of you in my network know that Penny (my wife) and I have been planning a special family vacation for some time now. Well, to be more accurate, Penny has been planning the vacation. I’ve pretty much just been along for the ride. So on June 24th we headed up to LAX, boarded […]