Tag Archives: Alan Mulally

The 1 Leadership Failure: The Nose Knows . . .

A while ago I attended a panel discussion at London Business School hosted by the UK Turnaround Management Association.  On the panel were experts from the various professions brought in to deal with distressed companies – legal, operational, financial, advisory, banking … Continue reading

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Leadership and Management: A More Productive Discussion

  Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.  ~Henry David Thoreau Flyfishing teaches me a lot about life, especially business life.  One of the lesson’s I relearn regularly in flyfishing, … Continue reading

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Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight . . . and other truths about corporate culture

Never bring a knife to a gun fight, Kid. ~Butch Cassidy One of my favourite scenes in the movie Indiana_Jones_and_the_Temple_of_Doom is where he is confronted by a very large enemy wielding a big sword.  Here is the clip:     My father … Continue reading

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What Drives Corporate Culture?

As you grow older, you learn a few things. One of them is to actually take the time you’ve allotted for vacation.  ~John Battelle Summer time is vacation time. Yippee! A time to recharge the batteries, break a few non-healthy … Continue reading

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How Leaders Reshape Culture . . . It’s Not What You Think

One of the foundation “principles” of academics and consultants who research and advise on Corporate Culture is that senior leadership plays a very large role in shaping and changing corporate culture, mostly through articulating new “values” and then the leaders … Continue reading

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Does Ford Still Need Alan Mulally?

The final countdown is fast approaching for Microsoft to announce its successor to CEO Steve Ballmer and the speculation is intense.  While Ford CEO Alan Mulally seems to be most experienced candidate and a proven turnaround leader, the big concern … Continue reading

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The Five Foundations of Effective Leadership

Note:  This is reblog of a post I wrote in December, 2012, but I have had numerous requests to repost it. __________________________________ To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I’m working on … Continue reading

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Profiles in Leadership . . . Lewis Booth

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”  John F. Kennedy I must admit, even at my advanced age I still have heroes. My early days heroes (the Lone Ranger, Audie Murphy, Harmon Killebrew, Sandy Kolfax, Joe Nameth) have over the years … Continue reading

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A Return to the Opera

In a recent post we were exploring what business leaders can learn from an opera conductor (The CEO and the Opera). Today let’s explore the second business leadership principle, courtesy of Conductor Ed Garner and the English National Opera as … Continue reading

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An Effective Business Review Meeting?

“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings”  ~Dave Barry Everywhere I go I hear complaints about Business Review … Continue reading

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