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Are you a net creator or destroyer of talent?

A recent lead article in the Wall Street Journal caught my attention. It tells of the conflicting "failure narratives" circulating through the officer corps of the US military about the campaign in Iraq. Different officers from different branches and with different...

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Dirty Word #8 – Politics

Most of us say we hate politics, especially when we currently have a presidential election cycle that will stretch nearly two years before it comes to its mind-numbing conclusion. How much dark comedy can one nation stand? But why do we hate politics? After all,...

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How healthy is the firm?

A lead article in today's Wall Street Journal caught my attention. It tells of the conflicting "failure narratives" circulating through the officer corps of the US military about the campaign in Iraq. Different officers from different branches and with different...

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Dirty Word #7 – Humility

I was talking with a client some time ago. She happens to be an in-house lawyer. In the course of conversation, I asked her what her department could be proud of and what they might think about changing. The "prouds" came easily: the lawyers in her department are...

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Sprinter or marathoner

What makes a good homework assignment? How do you take the real work of the person you're coaching and turn it into something they might grab onto and make their own? In past posts, I've talked about the principle of homework. I strongly believe that (almost) every...

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Who was your best coach?

Behind most great performances lie great coaches. I was thinking recently about one of my personal peak achievements and realized the truth of that afresh. If you're looking for a wow-inducing peak achievement, prepare yourself to be underwhelmed. But here it is. When...

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Start-up Insurance – Pre-emptive Goodwill

A recent Harvard Business Review article, Firing Back: How Great Leaders Rebound After Career Disasters, points out the initially obvious point that a deep network is vital to getting back into a senior executive role after a career speed-bump. But dig deeper into the...

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Dirty Word #6 – Followership

OK, do a quick scan of your bookshelf, podcasts, and mental catalog of leadership talks. How many have you heard on the art of following well. After looking through literally hundreds of those artifacts collected over twenty years, I found exactly.... ONE!...

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Talent: Build or buy?

Build or buy? It's one of the big philosophical decisions organizational leaders face whenever they realize that their strategy requires bringing in new leadership talent. Do we promote hunger and loyalty by promoting our own people into key leadership roles, or do we...

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