Monthly Archives: June 2012

Keep Your Eye on the Goal . . .

I recently spent a delightful hour having coffee with a former co-worker I hadn’t been in touch with for 12 years.  We had some very fond memories of our work together and spent part of the time bringing each other … Continue reading

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What Leadership Class Did They Take?

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. ~Thomas Jefferson Great news!  The discussion about leadership from my previous blogs, A Chance Meeting at the Airport and Leadership Can’t Be Taught . . … Continue reading

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A Leadership Lesson from Billy Budd (the Opera)

“Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other? So with … Continue reading

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A Chance Meeting at the Airport . . .

There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.  -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross I was at my usual location a few Mondays ago, the airport. This time waiting for my flight from London to Sao Paolo, … Continue reading

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Governance and . . . governance

(I wrote this blog back in late 2011 but with all the issues swirling around about the EU, the continuing problems in banking, and the poor effectiveness of our global climate change commitments, I thought it timely to repost.  John … Continue reading

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Would your HR Department Hire Michael Jordan?

If I were running a company today, I would have one priority above all others: to acquire as many of the best people as I could. I’d put off everything else to fill my bus. Because things are going to … Continue reading

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The Official and the “Unofficial” Organization Chart

Who’s on first?  – Abbot and Costello Everyone knows about the existence of the official Agenda and the “hidden agenda”.  The hidden agenda being those issues which everyone knows about but are not willing to open up for honest discussion. … Continue reading

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