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A Maginot Commitment

I had breakfast with a city official this morning. Since both of us are history buffs, before getting down to business we discussed the history books we've been reading. That resulted in ...


How quickly does your organization react to challenges?

Our reader poll today asks: How quickly does your organization react to challenges? - We see challenges as they get close, then we act reasonably quickly: 46% - We don’t see challenges un...


Overcoming the Five Pitfalls of Organizations

In my last post, I explored the five great pitfalls that derail organizations, cause them to under-perform, and create serious dysfunction. In this post, I will describe five solutions to...



Leading Change – Lessons for New Leaders from Satya Nadella

Guest post from Randy Ottinger:  Today’s Microsoft is not the same company we saw a year ago when Steve Ballmer was at the helm. Since Ballmer’s successor, Satya Nadella, took over ...


After Sir Alex: Van Gaal leads out Manchester United for his first game as manager

The match [July 23rd, 2014] is a ‘meaningless’ friendly in Los Angeles. Or is it so meaningless? Van Gaal’s arrives as manager at Manchester United Football Club after m...


Will this project manager make a good people manager?

Sam’s team just delivered a complex project on-time, on-budget, and with impeccable quality. His company is eying him for promotion, because they want him to “rub off” on other project ma...


Random Thoughts

One of the greatest challenges in any organization is to overcome a surprising amount of inertia on important issues. Individuals and groups naturally drift toward complexity.  A lea...


Quote of the Day

One of the saddest sentences I know is "I wish I had asked my mother about that." Or my father. Or my grandmother. Or my grandfather. - William Zinsser


First Paragraph

To win at any endeavor requires a competitive edge with an ability to outperform the competition consistently and definitively. That's called success - a simple word that is not so simple...


Entertainment Break

Jimmy Durante and Monty Woolley in a scene from "The Man Who Came to Dinner."


ChangeThis: Issue 119

Tweet The Most Important Company In the World: Intel, Moore’s Law, and the Heartbeat of Civilization by Michael S. Malone “We now live differently, learn differently, communicate differen...



The Bureaucrat Who Came to Dinner

I recently spoke with an administrator about the structure of a program at his institution. [I'm being vague here.] The program had become insanely complicated, needlessly increasing work...


Problem Employee Index

Number of team members: 12Number of problem employees on the team: 1Number of times management has talked to employee about the problem: 0Number of times management has dropped hints abou...


Episode 3: Three Questions Every Leader Must Answer to Avoid the Drift

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this third episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about the power of ‟The Drift” and how leaders can avoid it. Most of my read...


Quote of the Day

The world is rich in possibilities. It overflows with the good things that humankind has created for itself. They're out there for the taking. But before you learn how to take them, you m...


5 Phrases that Make You Sound Ridiculous

“At the end of the day…” You sound ridiculous.  You just don’t know it. Word choice matters.  We spend countless hours in meetings with colleagues discussing big, ...


Three leadership books ‘favorited’ by executive business students in Miami

A group of executive MBA students in Miami selected three books as having influenced their personal leadership thinking and actions The books add to results go toward a data base of books...


Entertainment Break

The trailers for:"The Imitation Game""Come and See"  "Days of Glory""A Most Wanted Man"


Whiff of Rodent

Political Calculations has crunched the numbers on the IRS computer crashes.


Draft

Picture your audience. Outline. Review. Scramble to produce the first draft. Don't edit heavily as you write. Get it done. Know that you're putting in too much at some points and too litt...


Managers Need To Be Alert To Cues

When coaching, leaders often forget that the process takes two to be successful.  Here are some hints that will help you be aware and identify specific cues from your coachee that will he...