Tag: Leadership

Barrier Busters

The Catch: Willie Mays hauls in Vic Wertz's dr...

“Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.” Willie Mays   The Catch: Willie Mays hauls in Vic Wertz’s drive at the warning track in the 1954 World Series. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  

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HP’s CEO Meg Whitman: Next Blame Santa?

English: Santa Claus with a little girl Espera...

If the choice is to take a fall for something you didn’t do, or credit your predecessor who did the deed, even my advice would be to do the latter. There is no glory in taking a hit you don’t deserve. Anyone in a senior role, as I noted to a client this week, will […]

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RIP Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs changed millions of lives. I know; he changed mine too. From time to time people come along who greatly inform you, either by their immediate presence or the impact of their work. Jobs did both; from the “insanely great” products he strove (and drove others crazy) to build to the example he set […]

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Executive Leadership: Do Mormons Have the Secret Sauce?

The Book of Mormon. Another Testament of Jesus...

Unless you’ve been under a rock recently, you know that the topic of Mormonism is hot, and the subject of Mormonism and leadership may be even hotter. What’s up? There are things that have put the religion in public view such as the Tony award winning hit musical The Book of Mormon and the series finale […]

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What Do You Do When the Boss Gets Whistled

Harry S. Truman (1884 – 1972), 1945 – 1953 the...

Curiosity, the saying goes, killed the cat – as have a couple of other things. It’s also gotten a boss or two fired as well. The question is just what do you do when it’s the boss who is doing something they shouldn’t be? Their quasi-misdeed gets highlighted; if they were playing sports the action […]

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When is the Best Time to Build Your Professional Network?

A segment of a social network

My colleague John Rehm – fresh from a tour of duty in Asia with IDEO leading innovation projects – flagged a post at HBR.com by Campbell Soup Company CEO and President Doug Conant titled Five Steps to Building Your Network. If you’ve read Conant’s book with Nette Norgaard,  Touchpoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the […]

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What Do You Do When There’s Tension at the Top?

King Kong atop Empire State Bldg

There are three well-known West Coast asset management firms (financial services speak for mutual funds, venture capital, private equity, hedge funds, or fund of funds firms) – none of them clients – where the firm’s leadership team members barely tolerate each other. They talk when they must. Otherwise they minimize their working relationships as much […]

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