Show and Tell

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Here’s a typical comment I hear from new CEOs: “I’m trying to effect a culture change around here.” “How’s it going?” I might ask. “Slow…” What might never occur to them is that they could be the reason. Most of the en vogue conversations on culture take the view that culture is everything — that it shapes performance, decision-making, attitudes, …

Breaking The Rules

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By now, most everyone has cemented an opinion—informed or ill-informed, reasoned or shrill as it may be—about what happened on that United flight last week. Perhaps now, if the frothing has subsided a bit, it might be worth reflecting on what was really in play and at stake for anyone else in leadership. Whether your ire is centered on the …

Thrashing The Water

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I’m not a very good fly fisherman. Actually, I’m terrible. The only time I seem to ever hook into one of those finned rascals is when I am under the watchful eye of some grizzled, taciturn fishing guide, who spends most of the time untangling me from the bushes behind me. Nonetheless, I am a stubborn, undeterred soul. So much …

What holds you back?

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What holds you back? It’s a deceptively common question, but it only gets provocative (and useful) when we decline to accept the first answer. Especially from ourselves. I remember the first time I really heard it myself. It was 20 years ago this month at a major business conference where I ventured into a conversation with a person sitting next …