Category: Leadership

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...