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3 Reasons Your Strategy Meetings Irritate Your Team

Originally published on Harvard Business Review Used well, strategy meetings provide clarity and momentum. They align a team around key decisions and create positive energy. Used poorly, strategy meetings irritate people. They waste time and energy, or worse, strengthen entrenched points of view creating frustration and resignation. In my work with companies from large Fortune 500…

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Debriefing: A Simple Tool to Help Your Team Tackle Tough Problems

This article was originally published July 2, 2015 on Harvard Business Review Your team has identified an important goal to hit, challenge to be addressed, or opportunity to be pursued. You call a meeting or two, set objectives, put a plan together, and start to execute. Everything looks good on paper. But then your plan…

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A Brief Visit With Einstein

In the early months of 1955, just before Einstein’s sudden death from an aneurysm on April 18th, LIFE Magazine editor William Miller traveled unannounced to Einstein’s home in Princeton, NJ. He was accompanied by his son Pat, a Harvard freshman, and William Hermanns, a poet, scholar and long-time friend of Einstein’s. The reason for the…

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Fly High, Dive Deep

I’m currently helping a client think about mentoring in their organization. In the process I’m reviewing Chip Bell and Marshall Goldsmith’s good book Managers as Mentors. In it I came across a piece of advice that Fred Hassan, former Chairman of Shering-Plough and Bausch & Lomb and current Managing Director of Warburg Pincus, received from…

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Life is uncertain. Whether in the business world or at home, we feel an increasing loss of control over our future, and find ourselves paralyzed by indecision. Fear prevents people from taking chances and making game-changing moves. Anything other than the status quo appears inherently risky and reckless.

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