Tag: Executive Coaching

Naismith’s Pride: Teamwork Spells Success

First basketball team at the University of Kan...

Basketball, more than any other sport, is the ultimate team experience: nothing else comes close in the way five players must play well together and the lessons for business are endless. Unlike tennis or golf, where the presence of teaming usually invokes an antigen -like response basketball requires that all five players work well together. An unlike soccer or North American football, where a weak player or two can carried (and hidden), players who don’t perform in basketball are as obvious as the naked streaker at a formal wedding.

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[New Rules] The Interview: People Aren’t That Curious

A nice Sea Gull

One of the challenges for someone being interviewed for a job, or considered for any other opportunities for that matter, is how to be accurate, honest, and not torpedo your chances. It’s can be a curious dance: one part forward, two parts weave

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[Through the Glass Door] Does Art Levinson Stay at Genentech?

Folks like Art – as well as many if not most of the Genentech exec team – have lots of options. Everyone loves a winner, and loves a winner with a string of success even more. And the with a retention plan in place that only keeps folks until the summer, my bet is that a la Chiron a number of folks leave once the plan’s handcuffs are off.

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[Through the Glass Door] Barclays and iShares: Is Breaking Up Hard to Do?

While breaking up was tough in high school, if it happens with BGI’s iShares you can see first hand how tricky – or easy – it gets in business. For people in financial services it offers a chance to see if a new owner brings better – or worse performance. For organizational development and human resources types, it will offer a first hand peek at things that work, and things that don’t in organizational change.

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[Land O’Spin] On the (Mini) Beach

I don’t know if it’s my low-grade fever, or the horizontal viewing angle from two days in bed, but it seems that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (or his handlers) continue to struggle to find the setting that works for him. Like John McCain behind a teleprompter, the settings in which Geithner has been placed: speaking behind teleprompters, testifying behind those long tables on the Hill, on-camera and off, and standing and speaking extemporaneously at press conferences have all bounced.

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[New Rules] 5 Landmines to Sidestep When Changing Jobs

Landmine Explosion during UNMIN Training

Changing jobs in today’s economy is tough enough without adding complexity. But something as seemingly straight forward and simple as moving from one organization to another for a job change can get sketchy if you manage to make some highly avoidable mistakes.

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[New Rules] The CEO on the Couch

One of the cardinal sins of leaders is to think out loud. More tears have been shed by subordinates springing half-formed thoughts into reality than you can imagine. But how and who, particularly in these tough times, does a CEO talk with to make partially baked thoughts into fully formed solutions?

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[Life Back West] March 2009 – The Value of Experience

A little experience goes a ways, and a lot of experience goes even further. It may not mean you know the answers to the future, but it provides a data set that is significantly greater than those who are newly initiated. I remember Todd Wanerman from the preschool our son Traylor attended (and on whose board […]

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