Exercising Love

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Over the last two decades serving as a leadership coach, at some point in our conversations I have asked nearly all of my clients to recall someone who has had a lasting positive impact on their life and career.  Many people paused and went to a different place emotionally in rummaging up the name and the memory. The answers were never …

The Law of Averages

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You can have anything you want  This is the land of the free I got everything I asked for  On the day I turned sixteen I got my old man’s heart  And a broke down Chevrolet                     – Ryan Cutwell  the Last American  “Dad, can you fix the air conditioner in …

Data, guts, and the art of decision-making

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Thirty-three years ago this week, I and several other people stood on a roof of an office building in Florida and watched the space shuttle Challenger thunder upwards into the brisk morning sky. We applauded and stayed long enough to see the two rocket boosters banana-peel off the main engine, assured the flight was on its way.  Coming back into …

Learning to lead

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You are decaying. Sorry, as disconcerting that truth may be, we tacitly if not begrudgingly accept that reality. If you’re somewhere past your 30-somethings, the tipping point arrives and biological gravity takes over. If you are disciplined about it, you also approach this new phase of life with a determination to fend off the ravages of age with exercise, diet and …

The journey out of Wonderland

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We can burn a lot of time and energy imagining things. Not creating but ruminating, worrying, speculating. It usually takes the form of “I’m not sure what they meant by that.” or “I don’t understand what they are trying to do.” or “I’m not sure what they want.” Most often is shows up when a leader is speculating (yes, speculating, not …

The Case For Space

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It’s a well-worn tenet that if you’re in senior leadership, your real value is not in knowing everything, but in asking the right questions.  That presents a new challenge, though: Do you wait long enough for the answers? One of my favorite leadership moments from the movies is the scene in Saving Private Ryan where the Rangers captain John Miller, …