Archive | August, 2008

If at First You don’t Succeed – It May Be the Best Thing to Happen to You

Friday, August 29, 2008

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I am asked frequently whether successful leaders have had failures. It is not clear to me why parallels with sports, education and other fields are lost. Even the most gifted athletes have fallen short or, sometimes, just fallen. A deep-seated emotion propels them to try again, to resume training and conditioning, to set (literally) stretch […]

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Labor Day Weekend Reflections

Thursday, August 28, 2008

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Labor Day, for many people, is simply a day off that signals the end of summer. But it is far more than that. Or should be. The holiday originated in 1882 as the Central Labor Union (of New York City) sought to create “a day off for the working citizens”. Congress made Labor Day a […]

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Convention Low Light: Sen. Lautenberg Laughs at Ethics

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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You can all see the highlights of the convention in many places, especially on the web. But there is one “low light” that sticks in my mind. Asked by tv talking heads for his view of one major party thrown by the lobbyists and how that fits with recent ethics reforms, Senator Lautenberg scoffed: “somebody […]

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Defying Convention: Vote, But Do Your Homework Before You Vote

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

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It is not possible to write about “Leadership” without eventually addressing the presidential race. And to do so without taking sides (which I wont do in this arena) is difficult.  But I am dismayed at how little we have on which to base our choice. Recognized experts in leadership will tell you that sustaining engagement […]

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What Made jack welch JACK WELCH

How Ordinary People Become
Extraordinary Leaders

by Stephen H. Baum (Random House)

Most leaders of American companies started out as ordinary people. What prepared them for the top job?

Countless more ordinary people of equal talent never developed the leadership core required to run the show. Why not?

"Lessons for life about the core leadership traits of character, risk taking decisiveness and the ability to engage and inspire followers."
--Jim Clifton, CEO, The Gallup Organization

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