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Cohesive Leadership at Apple

February 27, 2013

I define a cohesive team as one that wants to work together, that is constantly learning how to work together, and focuses on leveraging the talents and strengths of every member of that team. I believe that Apple is lead by such a team.

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Two Kinds of People…

December 3, 2012

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who see a coach as a sign of weakness … and those who know that working with a coach is an avenue to greatness.

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Do Your Best Work

October 1, 2012

Imagine if your boss, your leaders, your entire company culture, joined forces with you in a concerted effort to push you to do your best work. What if they fully embraced the reality of human potential and pushed you for ever higher levels of knowledge, skills, and excellence? What would it be like to work in such a place? What would you produce? What could you create?

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The Difference Between a Coach and a Mentor

July 19, 2012

A coach helps you be successful in business. A mentor helps you be successful in this business, — in this company, in this industry.

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People follow you because…

July 19, 2012

I believe, however, that pitches are won — and people are willing to follow you — not because you’ve twisted someone’s arm, but because people see that you understand them, that you’ve applied the time and the sensitivity to do so, and that you possess a special gift that can help them reach their heart’s desire. — Kevin Allen, Win the Pitch: Tips from Mastercard’s “Priceless” Pitchman

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Losing Focus

June 28, 2012

Google is battling with competitors on more than 30 fronts. They are spreading themselves too thin. They have lost focus. They lack clarity.

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Book Club Announcement: Managing with Power

April 16, 2012

In my ongoing mission to turn ideas into action, I am pleased to announce another deep-dive into a classic leadership book. Beginning in May, 2012 friends, fans and fellow ambitious leaders will read and discuss a chapter a week in Jeffery Pfeffer’s seminal work Managing with Power: Politics and Influence in Organizations.

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Outside Hires Receive Lower Performance Evaluation

April 16, 2012

The Globe and Mail reported recently on the latest research by a management professor at the Wharton School. Matthew Bidwell discovered that …outside hires receive a significantly lower performance evaluation in the first two years of their new job compared with internal workers who are promoted into similar jobs… It doesn’t have to be that way. Read The First 90 Days or Your Next Move by Michael Watkins. Hire a seasoned coach help you. Be savvy. Your…

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Silos Are Out

April 12, 2012

Silos are out. It takes a healthy, well-run, cohesive, resonant organization. It takes a lot of networking, cohesion and collaboration to run a successful organization today.

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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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