Orbiting Hairballs

For my birthday last month, I got a great book by Gordon MacKenzie, called “Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace.” MacKenzie worked at Hallmark cards (when you care enough to send ...

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Admitting Mistakes

Admitting Mistakes I spoke to a senior executive this week who said he had been dragged over the coals during a performance review, simply because he had initiated an open and honest discussion with his superiors about w ...

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Association Renewal Blog

I just wanted to let everyone know that this is not my only blog. Much of my consulting work is in the association community, and my friend and colleague Jeff De Cagna and I have actually started a separate company for w ...

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Is it Lonely at the Top?

In two separate client situations in the last week, leaders (one Board one staff) told me they were experiencing the age-old adage of it being “lonely at the top.” To some extent, I think it can be lonely at the top of a ...

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Thinking and Acting

The May 2005 issue of Harvard Business Review has a great article titled “Your Company’s Secret Change Agents,” by Richard Tanner Pascale and Jerry Sternin. It points out that all organizations have small pockets of peop ...

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Change or Die

Fast Company Magazine recently had a cover story with the title "Change or Die." It reported on research that showed that 90 percent of patients who literally had to choose between changing their lifestyle (diet, exercis ...

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