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Employee Talent Hiding in Plain Sight

February 11, 2014

We have a tendency to think that past performance is an indicator of future results. And yet, we know this isn’t true in other realms. The financial industry warns us with every earnings call and SEC filing that past performance is not an indicator of future results. However, in building our organizations and in leading others we make exactly this mistake.

We can use Matthew McConaughey’s career as a lens to explore how someone’s potential might be hiding in plain sight. McConaughey had some early career success and seemed to be coasting on a wave of celebrity. He was popular, no doubt, but deemed only a mediocre talent by most critics.

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Advice to Writers (and Leaders)

January 29, 2014

Tim Siedell (aka BadBanana) is one of my favorite personalities on Twitter. His tweets are always good for a smile.

Last fall he was interviewed by Jon Winokur on a site called Advice to Writers. Tim’s insights strikes me as great advice for leaders too.

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Growth comes in two ways …

July 10, 2013

Growth comes in two ways: from discovering something new … or rediscovering something that is essential and elemental that we have forgotten. — Krista Tippett

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Outside Hires Receive Lower Performance Evaluations

April 16, 2012

The Globe and Mail reported on research by Matthew Bidwell, a management professor at the Wharton School. 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 to help you. Outsiders often fail…

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Silos Are Out

April 12, 2012

Silos — along with unhealthy, dysfunctional organizations — will not last long in today’s world of complex products and broad ecosystems. To be successful today a healthy, well-networked, resonant organization.

A study published by the MIT Media Lab puts data and some substance around this idea.

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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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