Several times a week I sit in meetings with clients, board members, and team leaders. In each of them things are said, ideas proposed, and conclusions made that need to be retained, shared, and referred to later. I have been writing notes on a paper tablet then scanning and sending to those who need […]
From the Harvard Business Review, April 14, 2015, by Gary Hamel
Pope Francis has made no secret of his intention to radically reform the administrative structures of the Catholic church, which he regards as insular, imperious, and bureaucratic. He understands that in a hyper-kinetic world, inward-looking and self-obsessed leaders are a liability.
Last year, […]
One company embarked on a program to update the way it interacted with incoming customer requests. As a consulting firm, they employed a fairly large number of mentor/coaches with a wide range of experience in business. There were accountants, manufacturing experts, clothiers, restauranteurs, sales experts, marketing and PR people, and much more.
Their advertising […]
Self-importance seems to go hand in hand with titles. Ascending to a position of power and importance can readily go to one’s head. One leader revealed that within hours of being appointed to a new job, one where he was in charge, he received two phone calls from colleagues encouraging him to show his power, […]
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Are you on my Twitter feed? If not, here’s just some of the things you’ll be missing in the next week: Painful lessons in effective leadership How to turn insults into motivation to succeed 5 Visionary CEOs and Their Key Traits That Every Leader Should Master Getting to know and understand your leadership philosophy […]
Like most of you, I am a collector and reader of books. My Kindle is filling up with downloaded editions. My bookshelves are full and getting fuller. But with over 400,000 books being published every year in every genre, it is impossible to keep up. On Amazon as of this morning, a search for books […]
Whether you are religious or not, Christmas is a special time. The spirit of the holiday can be voiced in verses from the Bible and from the mouths of deep thinkers. Here are some of my favorites collected through the years:
“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” — […]
Does your organizational structure look like this?
In most places it probably does. At least that is the way the typical leader and almost every manager would diagram it. I did some contract work for an organization that looked like it. The person at the top, in that case a man, monitored and […]
It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the US. Perhaps the biggest holiday of the year, it is marked with feasts, football, and shopping. Tomorrow, Friday, is known as Black Friday for business. Many stores open tonight, many more open very, very early tomorrow morning.
The holiday used to be observed almost entirely in homes. […]
In the November 14th issue of The Practical Leader Newsletter I reveal the ten stupid things leaders do and what they do to leaders once they do them.
But, the list will NOT appear here in this blog. It is for subscribers of The Practical Leader Newsletter only.
I’m Irish so I have an affinity for Irish tradition even if it has given rise to all sorts of stereotypes. But perhaps my favorite is the oh-so Irish gift of gab, the ability to tell stories and turn a phrase.
There is even a word for that. It is Blarney. When someone […]
His was a politically unpopular act. The tension between the American colonies, particularly Massachusetts, and Great Britain had heightened. The resentment against the crown had grown and the mere presence of British troops only made feelings more bitter.
A small platoon of British soldiers stood sentry on King Street in Boston. Their job? To […]
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