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Lessons from Carol Bartz

September 12, 2011

The unceremonious and poorly executed firing of Carol Bartz last week has pundits and leadership experts debating whether we are entering a new age of transparency in the upper echelons of leadership. While a new age of transparency may be upon us — and indeed would be most welcome — there is no question that Ms. Bartz handled herself poorly on several fronts. Lucy Kellaway, of the Financial Times, nails it (ft.com). She says that…

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The Cohesive Leadership Project℠

August 3, 2011

Over the long term, companies thrive when they are built upon a strong leadership team   I’m conducting an experiment — a project — to start new companies. The hypothesis is that, over the long term, companies thrive when built upon a strong leadership team.   I propose that a strong leadership team is a prerequisite for product or market decisions. How are most companies started? In typical entrepreneurial circles — business schools, incubators, angel…

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Innovative Leadership

June 3, 2011

I just started reading Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey. I hadn’t even made it out of the preface when I came across this gem:  Innovative leaders share a trio of fundamental traits: A deep and abiding recognition that their people bring their humanity to work with them every day. An understanding that the absolute division between the work realm and the personal realm is naive and unhelpful. A belief that twenty-first…

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Meaning Is The New Money

April 6, 2011

My research has clearly shown that high levels of engagement, and the associated discretionary effort, occur when our work experiences reflect a clear set of values that we share. For many today, meaning is the new money. It’s what people are looking for at work. Clear company values, translated into the day-to-day work experience, are one of the strongest drivers of an engaged workforce, one primed for successful collaboration. As the old assumption that managers…

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Cohesive Leadership

April 6, 2011

A spotlight post highlighting some research on, what I call, Cohesive Leadership, reinforcing what I mean by an aligned organization and a cohesive leadership team. A cohesive leaderhsip team trusts one another, leverages each other’s skills to innovate, commits to a common agenda, and delivers results.

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Intelligence: Table Stakes for Success

April 2, 2011

In a world where people and companies place lots of emphasis on intelligence, we forget that intelligence is sort of table stakes for success. There are lots of smart people. The differentiating factors become energy, drive, and the persistence and resilience to . . . never give up. As a general rule, spying equipment always gets smaller and easier to handle as companies continue to improve and develop their products. Now, it looks like one…

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Review: What Got You Here Won't Get You There

March 30, 2011

A little bit of success is a dangerous thing. It lulls us into believing that we are savvy and invincible, that what got us to this point will continue to propel us forward.

I learned so many things from this book. Goldsmith is the preeminent executive coach of our time. I learned as much about my craft as an executive coach from reading between the lines as I did from digesting the text.

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The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs

February 2, 2011

Insanely Different Principles for Breakthrough Success By Carmine Gallo You can say a lot of things about Steve Jobs. You can quote him, disagree with him, glorify or vilify him. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore him. In his lifetime he has managed to transform four industries. He has radically reinvented the computer, music, movie, and telecommunications industries. I would add, along with a chorus of others, that Jobs and Apple have transformed retail…

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