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What Is a True Patriot?

July 4, 2018 0 Comments
What Is a True Patriot?

Happy Fourth! As those who read my newsletter know, we are on vacation in Europe at the time of the publication of this blog post. And while I usually shy away from any political topics in this business blog, I think it is appropriate to pause and think about patriotism on this day. I believe […]

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What Do Managers Really Do?

June 27, 2018 0 Comments
What Do Managers Really Do?

Managers: The saying I grew up with was, “Leaders make sure we are doing the right thing. Managers make sure we do it right.” In a modern corporation, the desire is to move leadership to every level of the organization (Intent Based Leadership—IBL). Therefore, managers are being asked to broaden their view to include managing […]

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A Wide Variety of Tastes

June 7, 2017 0 Comments
A Wide Variety of Tastes

The Chef’s Creation Variety is frequently a positive goal to achieve when when doing things such as organizing your life, building an organization, creating a mastermind group or developing a high functioning team. However, sometimes, we can miss the mark. We can over do things. I started thinking about this when my wife made a comment […]

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The Thing About Risks

March 29, 2017 0 Comments
The Thing About Risks

Business is a risk. The trick is to figure out how to measure the risk. Then to do what we can to mitigate the risk. And finally to decide if the return on the investment (ROI) for taking the risk is positive in our minds. Insurance companies are, of course, in the business of doing […]

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The Business of Business

August 10, 2016 0 Comments
The Business of Business

Herb Kelleher, the beloved longtime CEO of Southwest Airlines, said, “The business of business is people. Yesterday, today and forever.” I buy that statement. Employees, leadership teams, boards, customers, suppliers—all the stakeholders comprise people. At least for now! It is hard to see how any business organization can do well, let alone thrive, if they […]

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Misleading Analogies

July 22, 2015 0 Comments
Misleading Analogies

Comparisons Well-made analogies can be quite useful, informative and enlightening. Or, they can be ill formed and/or carried too far. Here’s a definition: a·nal·o·gy: a comparison between two things, typically on the basis of their structure and for the purpose of explanation or clarification. Seems straight forward enough. I like analogies and use them often. […]

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The Trouble With Answers

May 20, 2015 0 Comments
The Trouble With Answers

The trouble with answers is that they almost always close off any other possibilities. I usually have answers — especially when I’m not “on my game.” If I don’t, I work hard to derive them from the problem space. I often get frustrated if I can’t find an answer to a question. But when I’m on […]

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What Leadership and Traffic Share

November 12, 2014 0 Comments
What Leadership and Traffic Share

In a recent Wall St. Journal podcast, the reporter was explaining how difficult it is to understand traffic flow. The engineers who study traffic patterns explain that the impatient drivers who change lanes frequently, wait to the last minute to get in or out of an exit or carpool lane and who insist on not […]

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Slightly More Than A Business

October 8, 2014
Slightly More Than A Business

There are a lot of words spoken, ink spilled and brain cycles expended on the concept of culture in a business. The topic is important because, as we all know, culture trumps procedures every time. It doesn’t matter what the Policy and Procedure manuals say, people do what is expected by and acceptable in the […]

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Book Review: Big Bang Disruption by Larry Downes and Paul Nunes

June 29, 2014
Book Review: Big Bang Disruption by Larry Downes and Paul Nunes

In case you have somehow missed the prevalent message of the day, this book is the latest addition to all the “reasons why” our business models and leadership training must change. According to Downes and Nunes, “Thanks to dramatic changes in the core economics of innovation in general, every industry is now at risk from […]

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