Category Archives: leadership

The Official and the “Unofficial” Organization Chart

Hidden Agenda at home and work! 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.  Instead, … Continue reading

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The Greeks, Love and Employee Engagement

“What is the difference between like and love?”, the novice asked the Master.  The Master replied: “If you like a flower you pick it.  If you love a flower, you water and care for it daily.” Love is a broad … Continue reading

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Rethinking the Board . . .

(Note:  the following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book: A Primer on Corporate Culture for Boards and Non-Executive Directors) “In life and business, there are two cardinal sins. The first is to act precipitously without thought, and the second is to … Continue reading

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Public Speaking and Match the Hatch

There are two kinds of speakers; those that are nervous and those that are liars. ~Mark Twain I was at dinner last evening with a good friend of mine and his lovely wife.  He owns and runs a very special … Continue reading

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World Class Tennis and Strategy Execution

There is no strategy without execution, and there is no execution without leadership. Several decades ago the wooden Dunlop Maxply racket was the only racket to have. A famous squash player said in an advertisement: “Without my Dunlop Maxply, I might … Continue reading

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Ernest Hemingway, Hubris and Corporate Decline

All you have to do is write one true sentence.  Write the truest sentence you know.  ~Ernest Hemingway I am a great fan of Ernest Hemingway.  I am transfixed by his economic yet moving prose and drawn in by his stories of … Continue reading

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The Leadership Equation

Our lives today seem to be run by mathematical equations and algorithms. Google finds our search requests with sophisticated algorithms.  Amazon uses algorithms to suggest items for you to purchase based on your previous shopping history.  Airlines recalculate and publish … Continue reading

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