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Who Will Tell The Boss the Truth?

Friday, March 17, 2017

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BACKGROUND Being at the top is a lonely position. Even the most open leader cannot share all his thoughts and concerns with anyone. And subordinates of even the most beloved boss will not provide radical candor in feedback s(he) needs to be as better leader. So, it is no surprise that one of my clients […]

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Becoming an Entrepreneur in Your Own Life

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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THESIS Carving out time to invest in yourself, devoting that time to learn and put to practice the wisdom of coaches will improve your life as well as your performance as a leader. It is more than situational problem-solving. BACKGROUND The best books on leadership stress that the job of the CEO is self-development as […]

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Managing Partner of Professionals: Unlike Any Other Business Community

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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BACKGROUND Henry is the newly elected managing partner of a large professional service firm. Think consulting or law or engineering. As with other such firms, there are challenges in stimulating demand for their firm’s services in an increasingly competitive and price-sensitive marketplace, in attracting “laterals” from other firms and the best new graduates in the […]

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CEO Blues: “It’s my fault”

Monday, February 20, 2017

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BACKGROUND The hired gun CEO for a turnaround has found the situation far worse than as presented by the owners: a factory with old gear and too many legacy systems which were kluges, no documentation, a poor work ethic, a climate of fear suppressing transparency, a business model increasingly out of date with growing customers, […]

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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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