10 Signs Your Company Culture Needs a Fix

There is little doubt that the best performing firms on the planet have exciting and healthy cultures - think Google, Southwest and Nike - while other organizations seem to be in a constant state of struggle to reach their full potential.  The Leadership teams at struggling companies are often confounded to understand the reasons for their firm's underperformance.  Not surprisingly, company…

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No Excuses = Real Leadership

  Leaders don’t offer, nor do they accept excuses. True leadership demands the character to demonstrate personal responsibility for one’s actions, and the courage to hold others accountable for theirs. Excuses attempt to conceal personal or professional insecurities, laziness, and/or lack of ability. They accomplish nothing but to distract, dilute, and deceive. It was Benjamin Franklin who…

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Leadership is NOT Dodgeball

Leadership today seems to be all too often confused with playing a game of dodgeball. It's as if many leaders show-up for work each day with a freshly applied coat of Teflon, ready to duck and dodge anything that comes their way. Let me be clear - I appreciate savvy and finesse as much as the next person, but not as a substitute for courage. We have too many people in leadership positions who…

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Why Accountability Matters

Accountability and transparency are hot topics today, and rightly so...Given this new found popularity, I felt that a piece delving into the topic of accountability would be both prudent and timely. Frankly, considering what the lack of accountability has done to our nation's economy and political structure we should all be spending more time on the topic. However the truth is that few people…

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Rogue CEOs & Board Accountability

Rogue CEOs...given the recent failure of banks and financial institutions previously thought to be untouchable, there has been a tremendous amount of justifiable venom being spewed at the CEOs of these firms. Their ignorance, and in some cases their arrogance, allowed these rogue CEOs to operate outside of normal business rules, conduct self-serving agendas, and partake in self-dealing…

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