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Coalition of the Willing for America

Monday, July 11, 2016

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CACAPHONY OF VOICES WITHOUT LISTENING We are a highly divided nation in an era of highly divided other nations. And, as a leadership expert, my view is that those in the public eye are feeding the frenzy, failing to lead us all, failing to inspire us all and so much is at stake for us […]

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Letting It Slide: Why Some CEOs Procrastinate

Thursday, October 15, 2015

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AN INCITING INCIDENT Sometimes a very brief exchange with one of my CEOs seems worth sharing. How about this one stimulated by reviewing the idiosyncrasies of high-performing direct reports, some of whose occasional behavior is seen very negatively by the rest of the team: CEO: “I believe it is really important for leadership to be […]

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LEADERS MUST LEAD SOME PEOPLE OUT

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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These are my notes for an internet radio conversation this morning with Jim Blasingame, The Small Business Advocate, who is a treasure trove of advice for business owners. THE CHALLENGE  Leaders often fear replacing people they know in their hearts must go.  SITUATIONS  I have been CEO coach in more than a few such situations. […]

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DISRUPTION: DO IT OR BE THE VICTIM

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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THE ACADEMIC’S VIEW Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School was early in teaching about disruptive technology using cases such as the demise of the steel industry who could not envision any way to make steel except the capital intensive and large scale facilities in which they had invested. His thesis is that few establishment companies […]

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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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