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Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious (Mouths of Babes Division)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

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BACKGROUND A large non-U.S. investment house has brought to life a new internal entity that deals with higher risk and higher reward than anything the firm has experienced.  Further, it is imagined as an imminent global powerhouse in New York, Europe and Asia. Questions: Why might this laudable internal intrapreneurial effort work? Because they have […]

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Success Without Succession?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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SUCCESS WITH SUCCESSION One “founder” client opted for real succession planning three years ago, had a mis-step with his first hire of a CEO to replace himself, but kept at it until he found a leader he says is far better than he at the next phase of the life of the company. The successful […]

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Leadership Maturity: Inside the Eminence Grise

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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In a prior post, I wrote about the “eminence grise,” the person you recognize immediately as having wisdom and gravitas. It is evident in the highly relevant, experience-based stories they tell, the penetrating questions, the ability to distill a complicated situation to the simplest core, their centeredness and calm under duress. They are broad-based thinkers, […]

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To the CEO: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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GOOD CEOS ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS…DO YOU?   THE BOTTOM LINE Questions can be more important than answers. Good CEOs know this. Among the questions: “What don’t I know that could kill me?” And “Am I pushing too hard or not hard enough?” BUILT INTO MUSCLE MEMORY It is NOT that they do it every […]

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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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