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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 […]


Key to Leadership Failure

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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SUMMARY One person can make a difference in the well-being of a company if they “get it” when others don’t. If you fail to hire such people, if you do not include them in the discussion during a crisis, you are more likely to see a problem worsen or repeat. What makes them different? They […]



Sunday, January 24, 2016


LEADERSHIP TRAITS FOR SUCCESS A START I only recently was sent an article on child-raising by of National Geographic, published in October of 2014. In the article, Margaret Del Guidice reports on an educational effort by Angela Duckworth and her team to devise strategies to help students learn how to work hard and adapt in […]


Bad Advice to Leaders (New York Times article)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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SELF-DOUBT OF leaders has been among the top issues in my career as a coach to CEOs. One of the key learnings from interviewing three dozen CEOs in 2007 was the extent to which they worked on overcoming self-doubt and how they did it. In fact, I wrote a book about it: what made jack […]


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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