Milestones

November 26, 2010

On the journey of leadership there are markers of how far we have come.  We don’t always recognize them until after the fact, looking back, or when we retrace our steps over the same path. This week I am in Houston for US Thanksgiving holiday and also to celebrate with my parents their 50th wedding […]

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Ready for a Challenge?

September 23, 2010

What would happen if I were to follow you with a camera crew 24 hours a day 7 days a week for the next 100 days while you pursued your goals? I bet 3 things would happen… 1)  You would START doing the things you say you need to do. 2)  You would STOP doing […]

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Time flies

September 23, 2010

Did you see it last night? We had a full moon rising while the sun set, and some very cool colors across the sky.  In case you missed it, the last day of summer was sent out by a full harvest moon.  This won’t happen again until 2029, and every 19 years after that, so […]

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Get smarter – the importance of self-awareness

September 14, 2010

“Know yourself” was inscribed over the oracle at Delphi.  I have put a sign with the same wording over the door of my office so I’m often reminded to make knowledge of self a high priority. There are many ways to do this:  travel to some place new, have a frank conversation with someone you […]

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Danger + Opportunity = ?

September 6, 2010

Danger + Opportunity = Crisis?  Not! I enjoy a good yarn as much as anyone.  But when these are told and re-told and taken seriously as if they are true, it’s time to point out that the emperor has no clothes.  That’s the intent of my Debunking series. People have often said that in Chinese […]

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Work or leisure – a false dichotomy?

September 1, 2010

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation.  He hardly knows which is which.  He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine […]

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Five Books Recommended for Leaders

August 24, 2010

Read to keep yourself sharp, to stimulate new ideas, and so you can be a better conversation partner for your customers, employees and peers. Here are five books I heartily recommend for smart leaders. The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker  There are more recent books that focus on personal effectiveness, but Drucker’s classic (written over […]

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Rolling up the sleeves

August 3, 2010

Smart leaders are not eggheads or theorists or idle dreamers. What makes leaders smart is applied knowledge and sure instincts. One of my wife’s uncles is a successful businessman who took a company public and has funded several other ventures.  I recently overheard him being interviewed by a university student who was talking to entrepreneurs.  […]

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The Lessons of Singapore

July 15, 2010

This week I’m in Singapore, a five hour flight southwest from Shanghai and positioned in the center of Southeast  Asia.  I won’t be here next month, but on August 9 Singapore celebrates 45 years as a nation.  I’ll spare you the history lesson of how this tiny island-city of 5 million became an independent state […]

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Smart Leaders goes to the Fair

July 8, 2010

For those who grew up in the country (at least in the English-speaking world), going to the fair has specific meaning.  Where I grew up in southeastern New Mexico we had an annual county fair and rodeo in which the fruits of agricultural production were on display (cattle, farm produce, and home cooking) while people […]

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