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Leadership and The Art of Decision Making (Workshop)

One of the biggest determinants of success for any leader or leadership team is efficacy of decision making.  When leaders are good at it, it drives momentum and growth.  When they’re bad at it, mucks up all sorts of critical success drivers in an organization (see diagram below). Please join me June 30 at the Norwalk…

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“Best Practices” Are Often Fool’s Gold

It’s hard to attend a business meeting these days without the term “best practices” being bandied about. Best practices in social media. Best practices in cyber security. Best practices in performance management. If it’s a hot topic, chances are someone has figured out the current “best” way to do it. On the surface it’s hard…

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Successful Innovators Don’t Care About Innovating

Successful innovators care about solving interesting and important problems — innovation is merely a byproduct. If this distinction seems like hair-splitting, it isn’t. The two focuses create vastly different realities. Focusing on innovating — as a worthy goal unto itself — tends to be born from self-centered motives: We need to protect ourselves from competitive…

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The Trouble with Leadership Theories

Several years ago a client of mine, Rob, fell in love with Jim Collins’s book Good to Great. Within a month he had given copies to everyone on his team. Soon after, language from the book made its way into Rob’s everyday speech. One idea he especially loved was Level-5 leadership. “If we want to…

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Developing Leaders through Delivering Results

Surveys of senior executives across the globe consistently point to strengthening leadership talent as a top priority for the success of their organizations. (AMA, 2009). They understand that a lack of leaders who are prepared to deal with an increasingly complex business world is a serious impediment to growth and even survival. Long gone are…

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What’s Your $1 Billion Idea?

Anyone would be inspired by the story of Nick Woodman, the CEO of GoPro, a $2.5B company that makes wearable HD video cameras.  The highlights: In the late 1990’s/early 2000’s, Woodman blows $4M of VC money on a failed venture called funBugs.com, an ultimately ill-conceived loyalty, sweepstakes, and entertainment website.  In 2002, unsure of what…

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The Hidden Dangers of Playing It Safe

Last year Dina, a CEO I’d been working with, felt that leaders on her team were playing it too safe.  They weren’t finding and pursuing new growth opportunities and it was crippling the organization.  She kicked off her October management team meeting, which I was attending, by reading the following passage from my book: The…

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I’m Angry and Embarrassed by the US Government’s Behavior

Reading the papers this morning, I found myself seething about what is going on in Washington. With such dire consequences on the line, how did we get to this place where grown adults can’t get into a room and iron something out? I wanted to jump on a train to Washington, go to the Capitol,…