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 …

Six true statements that can change your life

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Anyone who wants to grow also has to want to change. True growth is a relentless, determined process of discarding baggage, confronting realities, embracing new ideas and thinking, stretching the boundaries.  And it’s easy to get stuck.  There are five true statements that I believe are key to whether anyone will overcome what holds them back or actually realize the …

Cultural sausage

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What does weisswurst have to do with company culture? Well, it might first serve us to define both words. Weisswurst, I discovered on a recent trip to Germany, is a white (yes, curiously pallid white) sausage that is the pride of Bavaria (rivaled at least, I hope, by their Audis and BMWs). It is presented at restaurants with great ceremony …

The Power-less leader

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A senior executive, especially CEO, of an enterprise is a powerful position. Which can be its weakness. I recall a time when a CEO slipped a bit on the newly waxed wood parquet threshold outside his office. He muttered — loud enough for some to hear — how that seemed a bit dangerous. Sure enough, a week later, after he …

The Practice of Disruption

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By all accounts, Mickey Drexler was a genius. He leveraged an uncanny, prescient sense of consumer tastes in the fashion industry to built an empire of household name brand retailers — The Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and, most recently, J.Crew. A demi-god in the retail fashion biz, Mickey Drexler had it. He got it.  Except there’s one thing, he …

Tough Enough

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At first glance, the article last week in Forbes seemed a worthy celebration of women who had risen to the top of leadership in business and government – CEOs, managing partners, justices, prime ministers, presidents, entrepreneurs, moguls and magnates, politicos and policymakers all. Yet the second line in the article The World’s 25 Most Powerful Women is easily overlooked or taken as conventional wisdom: …

Is your team a breed apart?

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I’m babysitting my younger daughter’s Australian cattle dog while she is out of the country. This pup leaves white hair all over like popcorn kernels on the theater floor of a horror movie. She’ll chase tennis balls to the point of cardiac arrest and is as emotionally wrought as a country song. We also temporarily are watching our other daughter’s …