Leadership Fails and Who Cares?

Something isn’t working. Leadership fails. MBA programs produce mismanagement. Henry Mintzberg thinks so. Read his recent post – “MBAs as CEOs: Some Troubling Evidence.” “And their MBA programs do well in training for the business functions, such as finance and marketing, if not for management. So why do they persist in promoting this education for…

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Upstanders: 7 Essential Guiding Principles

  “Despite my preference to stay out of the media. I’ve taken the view that each of us can be bystanders, or we can be upstanders. I choose upstander.” Words written from an unexpected individual, Seth A. Klarman, a value investor once called the “Oracle of Boston” by The Economist magazine. Being an Upstander gains…

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Join One20: A Day to Do Good

Our character is being tested. Discontentment reigns. As citizens, how we respond now reflects on us. Will our character strengthen? Will we undertake good works with and for others? Our answers cast a reflection on our neighborhoods and communities. Our answer can spring forward with One20. How We Arrived Here The past U.S. Presidential election…

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Closing Trust Gaps the JV Way

Colonel JV Venable (USAF, Ret.) has more than a story to relate. JV has the experience of leading in challenging situations and working through life tests. No path is easy, and it was no different for JV. Graduating from USAF’s Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun) and leading a combat group of 1,100 airmen in the…

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Business Leaders Raising Political Voices

Politics and business have been intermixed for a long time. Even so, another shift is occurring. The Global Strategy Group began conducting an annual Business and Politics: Do They Mix? research study. The 2014 Annual study found that 56 percent of Americans “now believe that corporations should take a stance on political and social issues,…

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What Pledges Should Leaders Keep?

Elections produce interesting questions. The current presidential race is no exception and raises so many more than any before. One question concerns pledges. During the Republican primary, there were 17 candidates, and each pledged to support the final nominee. Several did not honor the pledge. Most that did not keep the pledge skipped the convention….

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Failing Leadership. What Is Next?

What is happening today? Seriously. I can’t help but shake my head and wonder why we have such a sad state of leadership today. Political leaders spend too much time being derogatory and divisive while kicking the can down the road, letting problems go unsolved. Too many business leaders put self-interest in front of the…

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The Power of Example

Father’s Day is over. My first year without buying a card or calling my Dad. At some point, we pass this mile marker in which a father or mother dies. Worse, some never experience a father or mother being present in their lives. In their physical or emotional absence, we search for other examples. We…

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Dear Me – A Reflection on How Things Turn Out

I continue to be amazed at how things turn out. What started as a casual conversation commemorating the 20-year anniversary of Hansen’s “MMMBop” quickly turned into the realization that a girlfriend of mine and I are getting old, and it’s weird. We took a trip down nostalgia lane talking about everything from Boyz II Men and…

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Opportunity Versus Legacy: A Generational Tug of War

Generational divisiveness seems more pronounced than before. Maybe it is the digital intensity available today. Everyone has a social channel, and they need to amp a position to gain notice. What gets lost is a sense of reasonableness. Within this sanity loss, responsibility fades into the war of the voices. The result is a tug…

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Why Being a Good Observer Matters

Self-awareness is a trait of any good leader. Being a good leader requires being a good observer. Being a good observer is more than just self-awareness. Observing oneself is essential, but observing others provides another angle to absorb. Together, observing self and others creates richer insights to use. Why does being a good observer matter?…

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Shift Winning Well to Creating Well

What does it mean to win well? In business and leadership, I have learned a few things. On winning well, I have learned: Winning without integrity is losing big. Winning without a true collaborative spirit is losing possibility. Winning through self-centered dominance wastes talent and opportunity. Winning by always being right is wrong. Winning through…

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