Tag: Organizational Development

No Goal + No Plan = No Performance

Man on the Moon (book)

“No, no, no” I thought to myself as the senior executives at the leadership team retreat I facilitated outlined their “objectives” for the year. A goal is simply something you plan to do; it becomes more meaningful when you have a time frame attached to it. Goals are not, as I saw at the retreat, […]

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The Boss is Queer; Does it Matter?

Queer (novel)

Public business figures disclosing their sexual orientation is big news this week. Should it be? Rick Welts, CEO and President of the Phoenix Suns, a men’s professional team in the top tier of the elite National Basketball Association announced he is gay in an article – A Sports Exec Dares to Leave the Safety of […]

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[New Rules] What Can You Learn from “Burning Man”?

Burning Man , that once a year event around the US Labor Day holiday where 50,000 mostly strangers set up an instant community in the Black Rock Desert area of northeastern Nevada evokes a couple, at least, of reactions. For people from the North American Pacific West, it’s another mostly ho-hum event in which people learn, […]

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[Career Planning: Mergers & Acquisitions] What Do You Do When the Rumors Start?

Nothing’s guaranteed except change, and in business (as well as more than just a few non-profits) that means a churn of possible mergers, consolidations, and acquisitions. Across the country biotech companies, financial services firms like asset managers, hedge funds, venture capital and private equity firms, and any number of companies in other sectors are all […]

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[Barclays Global Investors & iShares] Will the Sale Be Called Off?

Part of what has caused rumored ongoing discussion (e.g. “water cooler” talk) at Barclays Global Investors and its iShares division is that the shake out on who stays and who likely goes depends on who acquires – if anyone – the unit(s). As pointed out in earlier posts here , here ,  and here , […]

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[Jurassic Park] The New Big (Company) Kid on the Block

I drove to my client, a company on the Peninsula, past what was formerly Genentech Inc. (acquired by Roche) in South Francisco, on the same day that General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. If I had driven further south I would have passed buildings that formerly housed Bay Networks and 3Com, long gone former […]

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[Life Back West] May 2009 – The Ties that Bind

This Sunday approximately 3,500 people, many of them strangers, will hop on their bicycles or take up their ride support stations and start a 545 journey that will last seven days from San Francisco to Los Angeles for AIDS LifeCycle 8 . It’s the 16th such undertaking dating back to the mid-90’s to raise money […]

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