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LEVERAGE Infographic: A New Look at a New Book

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Do Business Leaders Practice Like Other Professionals?

Whether it be sports, music or theatre, to get to the top takes talent and practice.  Practice, Practice, Practice.  And to stay on top takes more practice.  For every hour in a tennis tournament, a professional tennis player spends dozens … Continue reading

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New Business Book Now Available Now in Paperback

LEVERAGE: THE CEO’S GUIDE TO CORPORATE CULTURE JUST PUBLISHED IN PAPERBACK ON AMAZON Few concepts in business contain so many powerful truths, and at the same time so much crap, as corporate culture. 35 Years of Asking the Hard Questions … Continue reading

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Check Out the Bathrooms: Seeing Corporate Culture and Leadership

Recently I had a very enjoyable business meeting with a former CEO who is now an advisor to a private equity investment group.  Having someone who has “been there” in the hot seat multiple times provides valuable insights to financial … Continue reading

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Leverage

  Give me lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I can move the earth. ~Archimedes  Archimedes was a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor and astronomer who lived between approximately 287 BC – 212 BC in the city of … Continue reading

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The Final Exam: End of my new book on Corporate Culture

Culture is a metaphor, not a P&L line item. The Final Exam Sit in a quiet place, turn off your phone, take out a pencil or pen and a clean sheet of paper.  You have as much time as you … Continue reading

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do . . .

If you are a child of the 60’s, then  you can easily hear in your memory the lyrics to this Neil Sedaka blockbuster.  If you can’t recall them, or are from a  different generation, click here for a blast from … Continue reading

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Broken Trust . . .

I have just finished the first draft of my new business book, LEVERAGE: The CEO’s Guide to Corporate Culture.  One of the more interesting challenges has been trying to determine the characteristics of a high-performance culture.  There seem to be … Continue reading

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How to Practice . . .

As a kid, I used to think practice was, well . . . practice.  I played the clarinet in our high school orchestra (first clarinet mind you!) and in between homework, football practice, baseball practice and swimming, I would eek … Continue reading

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The Truth about a Merger of Equals . . .

 There is no such thing as a merger of equals! On May 6, 1998 the largest merger in automobile history was heralded as “A Merger of Equals” and promised to propel the new DaimlerChrysler as a leading player in the … Continue reading

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