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The 3 Deadly Sins of Poor Leadership, Part 2

In a previous posting I began a series on the 3 Deadly Sins of Poor Leadership. My initial posting focused on not moving fast enough to replace poor performers, either for performance or behavioural reasons.  This is especially damaging to … Continue reading

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The 3 Deadly Sins of Poor Leadership: Part 1

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by avoiding it today.  ~Abraham Lincoln When I was in college in the 60’s there was a popular saying: “What goes around comes around”.  To me this saying seemed to be based on … Continue reading

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Foxhole Buddies . . .

“A friend is one who walks in when others walk out” -Walter Winchell Not too long ago I watched the HBO TV miniseries, The Pacific, produced by Tom Hanks.  This is a companion piece to the widely acclaimed Band of Brothers. Both … Continue reading

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Classical Music in the South of France and Group Behaviour

After a successful two weeks of classical music in the south of France, I now have a chance to step back, relax and think about lessons learned.  It’s a habit I have used to good advantage throughout my business life, … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Leadership from Fitbit

Feedback is the breakfast of champions.  ~Ken Blanchard Athletes serious about improving their fitness and physical capabilities have always known the value of feedback.  How do you know if you are improving without feedback? Feedback is useful for monitoring progress, … Continue reading

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Hidden Agenda, Leadership and Corporate Culture

I was recently having breakfast at an out-of-town hotel (something I do quite often these days) prior to a client meeting and at the table next to me sat three businessmen.  They were also away on business and their day, … Continue reading

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Slow Down, Reflect and Learn . . .

Experience isn’t the best teacher, it is the only teacher.  ~Albert Schweitzer This is one of my favourite and useful quotes.  I strongly believe, especially in the world of business consulting, that too many young consultants are giving advice based … Continue reading

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Leadership as the “back up band”!

Every once in a while we get things twisted around backward and the world begins to feel odd. Like waking up with your pyjama bottoms twisted half-way round. Or worse yet, someone gives you a “wedgie” (at least that’s what we … Continue reading

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Corporate Culture, Professionalism and the Conundrum of Subcultures

Conundrum:  (noun) a confusing or difficult problem or question. In my last blog post, The Illusion of Corporate Culture, Part 2, I focused on why I believe there is no one single corporate culture in an organization, but instead culture … 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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