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Leadership Lessons from Fly Fishing

It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming.          ~John Steinbeck Trout are a lot like people; both predictable and highly unpredictable. The … Continue reading

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The Written Culture and the Default Culture . . .

Suppose you work in a company that has Superior Customer Service as one of its Core Values, Best-In-Class Customer Service as one of its key Strategic Objectives, and a company metric related to something like “90% or above customer satisfaction rating”. It would … Continue reading

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Genes, DNA and Corporate Culture

  I think that the formation of [DNA’s] structure by Watson and Crick may turn out to be the greatest development in the field of molecular genetics in recent years. — Linus Pauling, Nobel Prize for Genetics   On April … Continue reading

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Needed Urgently: Stewardship and Statesmanship

There is no ownership of the future.  There is only stewardship. Quite a few years ago there was a best selling business book that caught the attention of the more thoughtful in business and the executive ranks.  The book, What … Continue reading

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How I First Understood About Corporate Culture

In the executive suites today, the concept of corporate culture is the new black. It seems that everyone is talking about the importance of culture, the impact of culture, and of course, the need for culture change. The recent seismic … Continue reading

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Patience and “Not-Patience”: Leadership Choices

My mother was a classy and wise woman and in many ways, thoroughly modern.  Not only was she a beauty queen in college, a high school music and English teacher, an accomplished pianist and organist, leader of the church choir, loved … 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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