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, …

The Rest Of Leadership

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Who gets by working 120 hours a week? Apparently not Elon Musk.  Or anyone else, for that matter.  The evidence of Elon’s sleep deprivation has been mounting for some time — suing employees, calling cave rescuers pedophiles, joking about declaring bankruptcy, and sort of kind of jacking the markets with an impulsive tweet about having secured financing to take Tesla …

Imus In The Mourning

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Don Imus is a conflicted soul. He made his living – 50 years of it — as one of the most successful and notorious radio shock jocks. Abrasive, unvarnished, crude, cranky, indulgent and self-absorbed. Juxtaposed with that dark image is a man who also used his fortune to buy — and for years personally operate — a 4,000-acre cattle ranch for children …

Transition Lenses

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I work with transitions all the time — people weighing job changes, a different career, edging toward retirement, the sale or purchase of a business, the launch of a venture. I generally welcome transitions — especially purposeful and intentional ones — in that they burn our platform and summon us to consider our real worth, a more ideal path for …

Time To Shift Gears

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This time of the year is often governed by two gears — Reverse and Drive.   It’s a time to take account for what was done, celebrated or suffered; it’s also a time we quickly transition our energy toward the year ahead. We shift gears this time of year.   Most often, for a business leader, this exercise is in …