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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Another Paradox of Leadership . . .

 How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.  -Niels Bohr  I have to admit, I lead a pretty schizophrenic life, but I like it.  Last week I was flyfishing for Striped … Continue reading

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Lessons from Fly Fishing on Cape Cod . . . Projectors and Receptors

The gods do not deduct from man’s allotted span the hours spent in fishing.  ~Babylonian Proverb If you have been following this blog the past week, then you know that my brother Don and I, along with two good fishing … Continue reading

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Cape Cod Flyfishing . . . the adventure continues

A bad day of fishing beats a great day at work! So, true to the forecast, the weather has significantly improved.  In fact, we woke up to blue skies and sunshine today, at 4am no less, and quickly dressed and … Continue reading

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Flyfishing on Cape Cod

I have been looking forward to this week for the past six months, flyfishing for Striped Bass in the waters off Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Cape Cod was formed as the recessional moraine of a glacier, resulting in a peninsula off the coast of Massachusetts … Continue reading

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