Generosity of Resources

Time, Connections, Knowledge: Leaders and managers are tasked with developing other leaders in the organization. Therefore, they must, of necessity, share the resources they have with their fellow employees. That is no easy task, if only because the press of day-to-day business tends to keep us all focused on tactical transactions. Time Perhaps the most precious thing we have, as …

First-Principles

Situational: I came across the concept, new to me, of leadership through First-Principles. My interpretation of the idea is as follows. The difficulty in being consistent as a leader and living up the values of the organization is that each situation is a bit different. We have to begin with the organizational culture as a whole, define “first-principles” in a …

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 experience, he agreed that it …

Home made Banana Nut Bread

Half Baked

The Test: My wife does a fair amount of baking. I noticed that when she is baking a cake or bread, she will sometimes stick a sharp knife (like a paring knife) or a toothpick into the cake when the timer indicates that the cake is supposed to be “done.” Sometimes, after doing this, she takes the cake out to …

Churchill

It Takes a Crisis

Crisis: Many attribute the statement, “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” to Winston Churchill. His statement was meant to point out that a good politician will know how to address a crisis in such a way as to turn it to political advantage. I’m not sure that things always work out for politicians that way today. Likewise, in …

Unused Assets

Unused Assets

Sackett’s Harbor NY: In a “previous life,” my wife (and business partner) and I had the great fortune to own a very nice sailing vessel on Lake Ontario. We considered it a major asset. A big investment. Many of you know that the sailing season is short on Lake Ontario. But we made the most of it! We would start …

Leader is Always on Parade

A Leader Is Always On Parade

What you do. . . speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying. One of my mentors during my corporate days used to say that, “What interests my boss absolutely fascinates me!” And over the years I have said to several mentees, “Watch what your leader does. What she spends her time on, what he measures and where s/he …

Video Gamer

Sunk Cost Trap

Social Media: I was listening to a podcast on technology and the speaker was complaining about how difficult it was for him to “quit Facebook.” He felt as though he has spent so much of his time building up a great Facebook network of friends and family, that it would be “wrong” to quit. He was in a trap of …

Overshoot

Overshoot

Geek Out <Geek Speak> Warning, a bit of geek-speak here. Don’t panic, it’s not going to be that painful! Back during the times of my undergraduate education, we often talked about the theoretical issue with a stimulus causing overshoot in a second-order system. The image on the right shows that phenomenon in a rough form. The image below is a …