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Uber and Out

June 21, 2017 0 Comments
Uber and Out

Culture Trumps Everything Yes, culture trumps everything AND . . . money still talks. On Tuesday, 6/20/17, Travis Kalanick, the co-founder of Uber resigned, as CEO. He had taken a leave of absence the week prior, but that wasn’t enough to satisfy those wanting to protect their investment in Uber. So, while Kalanick will remain […]

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Book Review: The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

August 31, 2016 0 Comments
Book Review: The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

In his usual engaging style, Patrick Lencioni has expanded on his previous book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, to show us how to make sure we find the ideal team player for our next hire. Through a parable he shows us how to recognize and cultivate the three essential virtues named as humble, hungry […]

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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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Authentic Leadership

November 11, 2015 0 Comments
Authentic Leadership

I’m intrigued by a book titled “Leadership BS.” The premise is that much of the “stuff” we read in the leadership industry (and it is a huge industry) is bunk. Why? Because globally, leadership skills are obviously horrible. If they weren’t we’d have wonderful companies, mostly engaged employees, happy constituents and an amazingly advanced technological […]

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I’ve Got Your 6

October 28, 2015 0 Comments
I’ve Got Your 6

I don’t remember now where I first heard this phrase. It was a long time ago though. I remember figuring out what it meant from the context in which I heard it. Recently, I heard it again but the context wasn’t quite as obvious and so I wanted to be sure I was right about […]

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Leadership – of Yourself

August 19, 2015 0 Comments
Leadership – of Yourself

We know that when it comes to leadership, we must walk the talk. Why? Because people watch what we do as leaders, and pay little attention to what we say — especially if there is a mismatch. And so it follows that how we lead ourselves is important. “Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to […]

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Leadership balance – external vs internal

June 17, 2015 0 Comments
Leadership balance – external vs internal

Building leadership character requires understanding both the external, professional environment and your strongly held internal, moral values. According to UCLA surveys, in 1966 80% of college freshmen stated that they were strongly motivated to develop a meaningful philosophy of life. Today, less than half of them say that. In 1966 42% of college freshmen stated […]

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Leadership Flops

March 25, 2015 0 Comments
Leadership Flops

Gustavo Grodnitzky states that Culture Trumps Everything. He defines culture as: ” . . . the environment in which we live and work, including the beliefs, behavioral rules, traditions, and rituals that bind us together . . .” I started thinking about this when the Wall Street Journal podcast I listen to had a piece […]

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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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Leadership: Clarity

May 28, 2014
Leadership: Clarity

Almost all the leadership topics of the day wind up talking about “clarity” at one point or another. Why is that? I noticed this phenomenon while reading such diverse topics as “employee engagement,” “vision and purpose statements,” “execution culture,” “developing leaders,” “executive coaching” and “what motivates employees.” The common thread I noticed was clarity. The […]

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