Archive for Being the Right Person

In Business, The Enemy is Where?

Found a good quote yesterday, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who suffered at the hands of the Soviet Communists, put it well: “Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either—but right through every human heart.” This is useful for each of […]

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Anything Goes and Just Do It

Anything Goes and Just Do It

This is old news, but wanted to comment on a New York Times Best Selling Book that got pulled from the shelves because the author lied about the quotes he had gotten for the book. Remember Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer? Read about it here.  Reading that book, I would never have imagined […]

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Technology or Leadership

In the lower reaches, the doers are the central technology or service people and leadership skills develop for the top. Many times I see companies very focused on getting a General Manager who is very deep in their technology or service.  The result is often that the guy has technology but alienates workers, and he […]

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Leadership – Small Cracks At Top Lead To Massive Fissures At Bottom

Leaders in China often do not go to training or get formal coaching.  Often they mastered quite  a bit to get to the top.   They often fail to realize how their small issue that they might not even explicitly know about causes large problems below that are no fault of the workers. Leaders will say, […]

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Senior Level Change

I have good news for leaders. The problem is usually us, which means it can be changed.  Very small leader issues lead to large gaps in performance several levels down. Any positive change a leader can make will have multiplied benefits down range. HBR Blog, which I always keep an eye on,  posted an article […]

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Posted in: Being the Right Person, Coaching, Culture Development, Leadership, Team Development

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Troubled Companies I

I was talking with a fellow consultant the other day about a Western enterprise here in China that has struggled for 6 years.  He asked whether I thought it was beyond hope. I recounted that I thought any enterprise could be saved. Surely, a company must have a market, people, technology, capital, and a legal […]

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Being a Genius Does Not Mean You Have To Fail

I mentioned Ken Thomson’s leadership recently and today want to mention Reid Hoffman. Ken Thomson is not a genius, but got good people (also not geniuses) who had the same values and direction.  Reid Hoffman is a Genius. He started and led LinkedIn.  Ronen Shilo says, ” First, he had a vision which he executed […]

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