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Leadership in Three Time Zones . . .

My daughter was leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for the 2014-2015 concert season and over the past several years has been fortunate enough to play under the skilled baton of numerous excellent classical music conductors, including Vasily Petrenko (pictured), Simone Young, Sir … Continue reading

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Change the Leader or Change the Leader?

“I’ve got enough change management.  What I’m looking for is change leadership!” ~a frustrated CEO. One of the most frequent questions I am asked by Board Chairmen is “when is the right time to change the CEO?”  Usually this is … Continue reading

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Are You Driving Blind?

There is a funny scene in the movie If You Could See What I Hear, based on the life of blind athlete, singer and actor Tom Sullivan, where he is driving a car around his college campus.  Remember, Tom is … Continue reading

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The Hidden Dimension of Strategy Validation

(Note:  This blog was published for the first time several years ago, but it is still timely. Enjoy) The logic of validation allows us to move between the two limits of dogmatism and skepticism. ~Paul Ricoeur It is too often … Continue reading

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Understanding Corporate Culture: Experience vs Theory

Good judgement is the result of experience, and most of that comes from bad judgement.  ~Cowboy Wisdom There seem to be two schools of thought about how to be an effective leader and business person.  According to the widely accepted approach used … Continue reading

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Who “Owns” Corporate Culture?

If everyone is accountable, then no one is accountable. When organisations and companies first evolved, it was the founder who tended to be responsible for just about everything, from visiting the factory floor and telling people what to do, visiting … Continue reading

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Same Ol’ Tom? . . .

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy  Highly motivated business executives and managers tend to work hard as they climb the corporate ladder, accepting more and more responsibility as the progress.  They learn everything they can about … Continue reading

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The Reality of Corporate Culture and “Flat World” Thinking

“The church says the earth is flat; but I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence even in a shadow than in the church.” ― Ferdinand Magellan Several hundred years ago, most people believed the world … Continue reading

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Before You Decide on a Culture Audit . . .

(This blog posting features excerpts from Chapter 12 in my recent book; LEVERAGE: The CEO’s Guide to Corporate Culture.) “I can’t define pornography, but I know it when I see it.”  ~US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart Corporate culture is also difficult … Continue reading

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It Ain’t All Leadership’s Fault

Someone once asked Slick Willie Sutton, the notorious bank robber, why he robbed banks. The question might have uncovered a tale of injustice and lifelong revenge. Maybe a banker foreclosed on the old homestead, maybe a banker’s daughter spurned Sutton … Continue reading

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