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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

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

Learning From the Past: 2 Exercises for High Performing Teams

May 21, 2015 by Leave a Comment

In the past week a lot has been written about potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush and his evolving answers to a vexing question from a reporter: Knowing what we know now, would you have made the decision to invade Iraq in 2003? During the course of a week his answer evolved and the subject of this post has nothing to do with any of the political ramifications of Mr. Bush as a potential 2016 presidential candidate. But, are we asking what lessons have been learned from our previous behavior and how that informs us about making better ... Continue Reading

The Top 5 Leadership Regrets I Hope We Can All Avoid

May 6, 2015 by Leave a Comment

I recently came across an interesting article, The Top 5 Regrets of The Dying, which are listed below: I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. I wish I hadn't worked so hard. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. I wish that I had let myself be happier. My parents passed away a decade ago after a slow decline during the previous decade. My father was pretty stoic and never waxed philosophically about any regrets an... Continue Reading

Success is “Leased”

April 28, 2015 by Leave a Comment

I came across a quote that has been attributed to J.J. Watt, All-Pro football player for the Houston Texans: Success isn't owned; it's leased and you pay rent every day. J.J. Watt was referring to his dedication to all the hard work to make himself physically and mentally capable of staying at the very top of the violent and challenging world of the National Football League. But more generally speaking, it means that you have to continue to earn the respect of others for your contributions and wisdom and that you can never rest on your la... Continue Reading

Can “Big Data” Help Prevent Employee Turnover?

March 18, 2015 by 1 Comment

CFO to CEO: What happens if we spend training funds developing our people and then they leave us? CEO to CFO: What happens if we don’t and they stay? You never know where inspiration may come from. I saw this quote the other day and thought it was a very telling insight about the need for investing in developing employees in general, and given my interests, managers and leaders as well. The best corporations, like General Electric, my former employer, have consistently invested in developing their leadership talent. When times ar... Continue Reading

6 Things Leaders and Tightrope Walkers Should Have in Common

November 5, 2014 by Leave a Comment

Last Sunday night I saw something quite remarkable. Nik Wallenda walked across a tightrope for two city blocks across the Chicago River between two high-rises at a height of 600 feet. He did it in cool temperatures on an early November night. A friend of mine and I watched in a crowd of about 65,000 and it was carried live on the Discovery Channel. It took him 6:51 minutes to accomplish that. His next trick was to walk between two towers at 500 feet – blindfolded – which he did in 1:17. They were astonishing feats and being in th... Continue Reading

6 Key Behavioral Observations of Leaders (From Peter Drucker)

October 29, 2014 by Leave a Comment

I am constantly trying to understand the changing nature of the demands on leaders and to see how the definition of effective leadership is evolving. But sometimes, it all goes back to the basics. I'd like to review what some of the very best thought leaders have said to add to our collective understanding. To do this, I am starting a series on great leadership insights, with my reflections and analysis as well. Peter Drucker (1909 – 2005) was a management consultant, educator and prolific author whose writings contributed to the ph... Continue Reading