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Tag: Leadership

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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Common Enemies – Part II

September 26, 2018
Common Enemies – Part II

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). Technological Disruption:  Few […]

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Common Enemies — Part I

September 19, 2018
Common Enemies — Part I

Common Enemies:  As leaders, we are charged with the vision for our organization. That usually means predicting where we need to be in the future. 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 […]

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The Resistance

September 12, 2018
The Resistance

Engagement:  I was slightly amused at the recent NY Times anonymous editorial about the “Internal Resistance” to the present leadership. “Welcome to our world,” I said out loud to no one in particular. They are lucky that this is out in the open. We in the private sector rarely get such a heads up! According […]

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Two Levels Up

August 8, 2018
Two Levels Up

Autonomy:  I hear a lot of discussion these days about keeping employees engaged in the workplace. Let me explain what employee engagement has to do with “two levels up.” We know, from the research by Daniel Pink and others, that knowledge workers require three things to be fully engaged at work: Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose. […]

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