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A New Way to Spell Success: C.U.B.S.

November 10, 2016 by Leave a Comment

Chicago has been basking in the glory of their game seven victory in this year's World Series, the Cubs first in 108 years. Someone mentioned to me the other day that the Cubs start their night games at 7:08 PM, which in military time is 19:08 – or 1908 – the year the Cubs last won the World Series. There's a huge amount of folklore and history behind this team that had been affectionately referred to as the "lovable losers". I've been in Chicago for 26 years and last week's experience was exceptional, but being a local there is so much... Continue Reading

Can You Collaborate Too Much?

October 26, 2016 by Leave a Comment

Knowledge has always been distributed, usually unevenly, across organizations. Senior leaders were the ones to pull the strands together to formulate key decisions. Today, the availability of information and resources span the globe and demand more meetings and collaboration. This need is facilitated by many new tools and technologies, including: Meeting management tools and discipline; Videoconferencing; Webinars; Voicemail / Email; GoToMeeting like tools for hosting communications that can support connections for up to... Continue Reading

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The Benefits of Being a Gracious Leader

September 15, 2016 by 1 Comment

The joyful heart sees and reads the world with a sense of freedom and graciousness. - John O'Donohue Experience: A Prerequisite for Graciousness? David Brooks recently wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times entitled "The Art of Gracious Leadership". In it he was lamenting the somewhat distant and brittle personal style Hillary Clinton portrays during this election cycle, despite the considerable experience she brings to the table. Brooks is not pushing for any candidate, and neither am I, but he was saying that her experience has no... Continue Reading

8 Ways to Enhance Your Creativity

August 17, 2016 by Leave a Comment

I recently came across an interesting article, "8 Bad Habits That Destroy Your Creativity" by Lolly Daskal, President and CEO of Lead From Within. Daskal indicated that the biggest impediment to being creative were often the following eight habits: Premature Judgment: judging ideas too early in the process Lack of Courage: fear of taking chances Avoidance of Failure: the biggest enemy of creativity Comparing Yourself with Others: failure to connect with your own unique innovation and imagination. Discomfort with Uncertainty... Continue Reading

Authenticity in the Workplace: Why “I’ve Gotta Be Me” Might Not Be the Best Plan for Success

June 24, 2016 by Leave a Comment

There was a major hit in the late 60's by Sammy Davis, Jr., "I've Gotta Be Me", which was an anthem to individuality and self-expression and the perfect reflection of that turbulent time. Today, according to Adam Grant, a professor of management and psychology at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the author of a new book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World, we are in the Age of Authenticity, where "be yourself" is the defining advice in life, love and career. Authenticity Authenticity means erasing the g... Continue Reading

Motivating Millennials in the Workplace

June 3, 2016 by 1 Comment

I was recently conducting an interview as part of a 360° feedback exercise for a client who is the CEO of a one-year-old startup business incubator with a focus on healthcare. The organization is off to a good start with a solid Board, a wide variety of funding partners, a great media buzz and lots of frenetic but purposeful activity. The CEO has assembled a very good team and asked for my help in getting an accurate picture of how he is perceived, what's working and what's not. This is a wise and brave choice for a first-time CEO... Continue Reading

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6 Tips for Becoming a Compelling Conversationalist

May 4, 2016 by Leave a Comment

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much. - Yogi Berra I recently came across an interesting article: "Six Habits of the Best Conversationalists", by Stephanie Vozza, and it contains many excellent insights. It started me thinking about some of the very best conversationalists that I've ever met. Paul was the CFO at my last corporate position. He was originally from South Africa and worked extensively in Europe and then came to the US for other opportunities. He was technically an excellent chief f... Continue Reading

Developing Resilience in the Workplace

April 6, 2016 by Leave a Comment

I read a recent article in the New Yorker Magazine, "How People Learn to Become Resilient", by Maria Konnikova, and it made me think of a client company who I've worked with for 15 years that is currently in its third year of a merger process, now with a second acquirer. This issue of resiliency in the workplace made me think of how many of my clients are navigating in incredibly difficult waters over such an extended period of time. I know some have dealt better than others, some have left and many are dispirited. A high performing organiz... Continue Reading