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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 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 while we were out […]

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Poached Eggs, Customer Service and Sales

December 14, 2016 0 Comments
Poached Eggs, Customer Service and Sales

Here’s the story. I was fixing our breakfast when my wife asked why I wasn’t using the microwave egg poaching device she had recently purchased as a gift for me. Well, frankly, I had forgotten about it and had strong reservations about its efficacy. So I wasn’t all that interested in trying it out. Maybe I […]

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Words as Bond

November 30, 2016 0 Comments
Words as Bond

An organization’s culture can be simply stated as “The way things get done around here.” Notice that isn’t a list of values found on walls, coffee mugs, T-shirts or ball caps. It’s what actually happens in our organizations, and how it happens that matter. That is how stakeholders see us. Not as some empty words or […]

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Authentic Selling – Oxymoron

September 28, 2016 0 Comments
Authentic Selling – Oxymoron

Oxymoron “Wait,” you ask, “Are you suggesting that a person can’t be authentic and also sell?” Well, yes. And I’m not alone: “Of course, the idea of using authenticity to sell something is kind of self-contradictory and ironic, because the whole point of being authentic is not being strategic but instead behaving in a way […]

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Once Again, Banks Violate Our Trust . . .

September 21, 2016 0 Comments
Once Again, Banks Violate Our Trust . . .

Leadership Owns This Scandal And just where was (is) the leadership at Wells Fargo in this ethical failure? What kind of culture would lead an employee to even consider falsifying emails, establishing unauthorized accounts, issuing unauthorized credit/debit cards, collecting fraudulent fees and impacting customers’ credit scores? How can customers ever trust Wells Fargo again. Full […]

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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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It Matters What YOU Believe

June 8, 2016 0 Comments
It Matters What YOU Believe

I have the privilege of working with a couple of business incubators and several start up company founders. The founders are sometimes surprised when I suggest that they must pay attention to leadership now, not later. They are even more surprised and usually totally unprepared to talk about their own fundamental organizing principles. It “all” starts with […]

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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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