Tag Archives: leadership

You Can’t Take Vacation, You Say?

The decision to work yourself to death can’t be unmade. The ones you make the decision for won’t be at your funeral.  They will be busy replacing you with somebody else. So tell me again why you’re so indispensible that … Continue reading

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Extending the Circle of Safety Today

As we look forward to the weekend, let’s look back. As a leader did you: Clarify your organization’s “why?“ Bring others who shared your values into your organization, and not just those who had the skills you wanted? Extend the … Continue reading

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Would You Fire Your Children?

I certainly hope not. Yet how many executives who speak of their company as having a “family” atmosphere think nothing of sacrificing that same family when the numbers are a little short. Oh, it’s explained using all the right terms, … Continue reading

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Leaders Eat Last

“The cost of leadership is self interest.” Says Simon Sinek in his remarkable talk “Why Leaders Eat Last” at a recent Behance conference. The talk is based on his upcoming book Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and … Continue reading

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Producers Don’t Work For Public Companies?

Irving Azoff is a “producer” in the true sense of the word–an individual that can create a vision, rally talented people behind it, and execute. And now he’s left Live Nation to go back out again on his own. Why leave … Continue reading

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Clerks as CEOs

Zynga buys OMGPOP for $180 million–a terrific win for all involved. So CEO Dan Porter took the opportunity to throw one of his team under the bus when he declined a job offer from Zynga. Why not just ignore it and … Continue reading

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Should Society Let Us Exist?

When new CEOs are installed at companies, they’ll often set their agenda not by what they say, but by the questions they ask. On becoming IBM’s CEO, Sam Palmisano only asked four questions in his first meeting. I think they’re … Continue reading

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Don’t Ask Permission

Indicate your intent instead.  Simon Sinek tells the story of a top U.S. Navy submarine commander who made one very simple change–sharing intention instead of asking permission–to improve the performance of his ship and crew. This subtle change is really … Continue reading

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Problems With Good Ideas

Good ideas have two major problems. They spread. They divert attention from bad ideas. Let’s look at the first problem with this image as the illustration.  Regardless of what you think about the Occupy movement, you’ll have to agree that … Continue reading

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Two Types of People

There are two types of people in the corporate world. Those that ship product. Those that explain how they’re planning to get a team together to build the requirements to gain the approval to get the funding to hire the … Continue reading

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