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Leadership . . . Unsafe at any Speed?

In 1965, when I was a junior in high school and sporty, stylish and innovative cars were all the rage, Ralph Nader, a Harvard trained lawyer, published a book that was both highly controversial and highly influential.  The book was called, Unsafe … Continue reading

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How Leaders Fail . . .

If you want to know whether or not you are a leader, turn around and see if anyone is following! The role of “leader” in a business is never easy and for those in charge of a region, division, plant or … Continue reading

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Reinvent Yourself . . . especially with a short runway

 People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out. ~Warren Bennis One of my favourite movies is the 2001 epic war film, Pearl Harbor,  starring Ben Affleck, Josh … Continue reading

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Peer Leadership, Courage and Culture Change

The best training program in the world is absolutely worthless without the will to execute it properly, consistently, and with intensity.  ~John Romaniello Let’s face it, corporate America has been trained, retrained, and then trained again (even trained out!) on leadership … 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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The Missing Leadership Competency

I must confess I am not a great fan of the popular focus on long lists of leadership competencies and their use in everything from leadership training to executive recruiting. I look at the long list of competencies that supposedly make up a … Continue reading

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The Courage to Admit Mistakes . . . Real Leadership

We must be big enough to admit mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.  ~John C. Maxwell One of the hardest things in life to do is admit a mistake.  We get personally embarrassed and … Continue reading

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A New Paradigm for Executive Search?

Lately I’ve been researching and talking to various leaders in a number of global executive search companies.  It’s no small industry either, being estimated at close to $10 billion. And at some point almost all large companies utilize executive search, whether to … Continue reading

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Old Fashioned “Gumption” . . .

“Anyone who has gumption knows what it is, and anyone who hasn’t can never know what it is. So there is no need of defining it.”   -Lucy Maude Montgomery I like the word, GUMPTION!  It’s an old fashioned word, probably of … Continue reading

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Which is worse . . .?

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.  -Martin Luther King For a long time I … Continue reading

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