Lose Your Voice?

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“Did you lose your voice?” It was the first question my exec coaching client asked himself as the chairman went around the room polling everyone’s thoughts. “Worse,” my client said, “I knew it was a really bad idea and everyone else knew it too.” Research by social scientists documents the dangers of groupthink; an opinion […]

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[Life Back West] September 2012 – “Hey!”

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“Hey”, she said as we spotted each other at the fundraiser at the swanky house in Sea Cliff. “I heard you had the conversation.“ She was a parent who had preceded me as a trustee on a kid-centric organization; now I served on a different board with her husband. We had never overlapped but her reputation as […]

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3 Quick Items Worth Catching

Reading (process)Dan Pink's new book To Sell is Human has terrific great research on getting your ideas across. Here's a link to a short video of his 6 Successors to the Elevator Pitch.

Three posts worth your reading / watching time: Dan Pink’s new book To Sell is Human has terrific great research on getting your ideas across. Here’s a link to a short video of his 6 Successors to the Elevator Pitch. Former McKinsey consultant Andrew Sobel’s sweet spot is client relationships. Here’s a recent post titled […]

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Do Software Engineers Rule the World?

shutterstock_127976582A guy I met at a client firm's baseball outing had a singular statement:

    A guy I met at a client firm’s baseball outing had a singular statement: “Silicon Valley software engineers rule the world!“ Do they? His take was based on some simple facts: the world is run on software, the best of the best software engineers are in Silicon Valley, firms can never find enough good […]

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Look Before They’re Gone: RIP Alma Mater U

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It’s autumn; college football games have started another season, and the leaves will soon be turning on campuses across the country. Catch a good look; for any number of liberal arts colleges this year will mark the start of their demise. Those people working in the space who are early in their careers need to […]

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End of the Year Calling: The 90-Day Sprint

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2014 is calling. Yes, you. The words it uses – “bonus,” “performance review,” “promotion” – may be different but the results are the same. Time to up your game and/or up the game of your team. Time to get started. If you haven’t been “campaigning” now is the time to start. And every day counts. […]

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[Life Back West] August 2013 – “Sometimes a Great Notion”

Dictionary Series - Philosophy: trueI could say I predicted that the Chronicle's C.W. Nevius would write "The vibe may be more Mission than Marina today" when talking about trendy neighborhoods in the City.

I could tell you that 23 years ago when I moved to San Francisco I figured out that my neighborhood in the Mission would be the hippest place to live west of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, if not North America. I could say I predicted that the Chronicle’s C.W. Nevius would write “The vibe may be more Mission […]

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The Startup: Why Build the Extra Plumbing if You’re Going to Sell?

Equipment, cables and piping as found inside of a modern industryou have to travel light

Jack Hawley, one of the smartest OD people I’ve ever known, once shared the Native American saying that “to travel fast you have to travel light.” It applies to people (whether it’s actual luggage or their own personal baggage) but it also applies to startups and any other organizations. The fact is that it’s hard […]

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Career Tip? Be Like Mike!

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In the search for the “great” job, it helps to offer something that employers value that they can’t easily find elsewhere. It’s not always easy but it’s doable; here’s how. Start by thinking about you want to avoid; being a commodity.  A commodity, notes the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “is a good or service whose wide availability typically […]

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[Life Back West] July 2013 – “It Ain’t Pretty”

When our son Traylor came home from the hospital after being born in 2002 my spouse and I did what we'd taken classes to learn to do. We dutifully  swaddled him up and put him into his bassinet at night so we could all sleep.

When our son Traylor came home from the hospital after being born in 2002 my spouse and I did what we’d taken classes to learn to do. We dutifully  swaddled him up and put him into his bassinet at night so we could all sleep. Traylor had other ideas and mostly cried when not being held. […]

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