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Leadership Development: The Room with Two Doors

Let’s Make a Deal is a television game show that has been going, in various formats for over 50 years.  The most celebrated of its many hosts was the charismatic Monty Hall, with his perfect attire and dry sense of … Continue reading

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Just What Do You Mean by Leadership Development?

One of my favourite business stories:  One day Little Johnny came home from school and asked his mother why Dad was always working late and why he had to bring work home as well.  Mommy replied that daddy has a … 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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Develop Character First, Leadership Will Follow . . .

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.  ~Helen Keller In the middle of the second World War, Britain was facing a shortage … 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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Psst! . . . Want to Grow?

In 1881 The Galveston Daily News described the vested business interests in Galveston as behaving like “big fish in a small pond”, and the phrase has stuck in American literature ever since.  There is a lot to be said in favour of being … 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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How to Spot a “Crappy” Executive . . .

Like most everything else, the range of executive effectiveness (from the extremes of  “totally ineffective” to “leading on all fronts”), probably follows somewhat of a bell-shaped distribution. It is easy to spot those executives at either end of the spectrum, … Continue reading

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Leadership is Everywhere . . .

The road to leadership is travelled one step at a time.  There is no express elevator or fast track! I am often amazed at how the word leadership conjures up in people’s minds images of military generals, heads of state … Continue reading

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More Performance Platforms

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.  ~Yogi Berra As you probably know from my previous blogs, my daughter plays the violin and with learning any instrument or perfecting any skill comes practice. … Continue reading

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