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 …

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Making yourself crazy

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I had gone with a friend of mine to see his young son learn how to skateboard. The skateboard park scene was as you might imagine — mostly teens and some young adults exercising their own acts of defiance against the forces of gravity and friction. Pretty impressive displays. And then I noticed this one fellow who had all the …

Filling The Leadership Vacuum

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horror vacui Nature abhors a vacuum. The physics around filling an atmospheric void gives us thunder, wind, keeps dentists and surgeons tidy, and has gratefully displaced brooms in favor of Dirt Devils and Dysons. Vacuum can work for you. Including at your next management team meeting. In human psychology, we have an arousal quotient or requirement, which fuels an appetite for …

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 …