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Tag: Leadership

Helpful?

February 6, 2019
Helpful?

Perception: Recently, a young person who I’m mentoring got onto a tirade about his boss micromanaging him. After he calmed down a bit, I asked him to give me some details. (For confidentiality reasons, I will obscure the real information, but the “story” is otherwise true.) It seems that his boss would frequently delegate a […]

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Carefrontational

January 30, 2019
Carefrontational

A New Word: Back in 2005, during a leadership training class, I heard a new word, “Carefrontational.” I thought, “Wow! What a great word.” Very little further explanation was given. The instructor just used the word and knew we’d understand what was meant. I’m sure it is also apparent to you as well. Just in […]

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Groupthink

January 23, 2019
Groupthink

Bad Rap: We all use groupthink, whether we admit to doing so or not. I hear groupthink used as an epithet — “Avoid groupthink” or “That’s just groupthink.” I gather that the point of the warning to avoid groupthink is to make sure that I do think. And question not only my assumptions but the […]

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The Universe is Indifferent

December 26, 2018
The Universe is Indifferent

Paranoid: Here’s my belief: The Universe is Indifferent. By that I mean it doesn’t care whether I — or my family, or my community, or my country, or even the earth itself — survive or not. It isn’t out to kill me either. It’s just indifferent. So, I’m not paranoid about this. I see cosmic […]

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Shipshape

December 12, 2018
Shipshape

Experience: There is a saying about sailing that goes something like this: “Sailing is hours and hours of boredom punctuated by minutes of sheer terror.” In my experience, that is pretty much true. Moreover, while I am familiar with sailboats, my brother is an expert on all things marine. When I asked him about his […]

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Stick To Your Guns?

December 5, 2018
Stick To Your Guns?

Which Guns? There is a misconception on some folks’ part that leaders must take a decision and stick to it. “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” I don’t think that is always appropriate or useful. I do believe it is true that a leader must show decisiveness. I also think it’s important that a leader […]

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Tribal Animals

November 28, 2018
Tribal Animals

Nature Rules: There is a lot of discussion about organizational culture these days. What is it? How does it contribute to or inhibit effectiveness? How do we “manage” it? “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” – Peter F. Drucker I define culture as simply “the way things get done around here.” And that means how decisions […]

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Hire for Attitude

October 24, 2018
Hire for Attitude

Attitude ~ Values: In a recent speech to a group of business leaders, Peter Salvati, CEO of DPR Construction, said that he makes sure his team “Hires for attitude, trains for skills.” And of course, he does the same when he is hiring or promoting his leadership team. To my way of thinking, attitude is […]

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Never Really Ready

October 17, 2018
Never Really Ready

The Big Stones: I’m told that “No combat ready unit ever passed inspection.” They know they cannot be “fully ready.” The point here is that there is always room for improvement. So once the “big things” are being done to expectations, we move to the smaller tasks to perfect them. Or, perhaps, we set the […]

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Common Enemies — Part IV

October 10, 2018
Common Enemies — Part IV

People with different world views will unite when they have a common enemy. I believe we have major “enemies” that have the potential to unite people across the globe: Climate Change — Part I, Technological Disruption — Part II, Cybersecurity — Part III, and Economic Bifurcation — Part IV (significant economic inequality). Economic Bifurcation: For a […]

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