Monthly Archives: May 2013

What I Do . . . Facilitate Strategy Meetings

When you grow up in a household of teachers (Mom taught English and Music, my Dad taught Math and coached basketball, taught aircraft engine mechanics during WWII, then later in life became a District Principal and County  Superintendent of Schools … Continue reading

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Leadership Can’t Be Taught . . .

This is a post from a year ago that I think is appropriate for the current times, when we are still seeking leaders to rise up and be counted. Let me know what you think! Experience isn’t the best teacher, … Continue reading

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Employee Engagement . . .

I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.  ~Winston Churchill Winston Churchill was a crafty and wise politician in the British Parliament, and also served as Prime Minister of England during the difficult years … Continue reading

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Open Your Eyes . . . Create a New Reality

Question:  Is the storm approaching or receding? Our eyes are wonderful things, perfectly adapted for the human species to be able to see across a broad and wide landscape, and yet in the next instant focus on a small task … Continue reading

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Profiles in Leadership . . .Rajesh Kumar Sharma and Laxmi Chandra

“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.” — Aristotle I recently came across a blog that I had to read several times because of its impact on me, and the images … Continue reading

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The Model T, Modern Cars and Strategy Execution

The Model T Ford revolutionized transportation for the common man, making the automobile, and freedom of movement, available to everyone.  One of the key points of the Model T was its simplicity.  It was built for one purpose only, to … Continue reading

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In Praise of Engineers . . .

Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems.  ~Scott Adams (creator of the Dilbert cartoons) Recently I spent some time in Detroit with a client, but had some time to … Continue reading

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When Truth Catches Up With Fiction . . .

Setting the context:  The global annual revenue from illegal drug sales is currently $400 billion dollars, and growing.  And it’s all in cash! The more potent the drugs the stronger the addiction and thus the greater the need for more drugs.  … Continue reading

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The New F-word in Business . . .

The successful warrior is the average man with laser-like focus.  ~Bruce Lee There are tons of new fads in the world today.  I guess we have the internet, social media, technology, ample spare time and the ease of communication to … Continue reading

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The Leader as Learner . . .

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.                    ~ Peter Drucker Leaders are interesting creatures. They come in all shapes, sizes, colours and … Continue reading

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