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Accountability | What Does It Really Mean?

When does Accountability begin? “When is it no longer my responsibility to get people to complete their assignments … and where does their responsibility to perform begin?” a North Bay CEO asked me recently. “Your responsibility never ends … and neither does theirs,” I said. “Your job is to work tirelessly to build accountability into…

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The Value of Checklists

Checklists? Those lists I prepare each day and don’t help me get everything done – don’t really need to know more about them … or do you mean those checklists that airline pilots use to keep me from getting killed? Now, those I like. Some of you will remember an earlier post in the GTD…

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Accountability | Powerful After Action Reviews

Man with sack over his head

Many years ago when we lived in the Midwest, we became very good friends with a young couple down the street. He was a fellow fraternity brother, from another college, but I remember him as a very capable physician with a unique ability to describe complex medical subjects in layman’s language. After Action Reviews are…

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Taxachusetts? Not this time!

As you know, Scott Brown, a Republican, defeated the Democratic candidate to fill Sen. Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat, a stunning reversal of Massachusetts trends of the last 50 years, for a seat that the Dems thought they couldn’t lose. While there is certain to be a lot of political fallout and spin doctors massaging…

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Corporate Governance Sucks!

If you remember, the General Motors board gave CEO Rick Wagoner a 64 percent pay raise — to $15.7 million — in 2007, when the company lost $38.7 billion. The company went bankrupt two years later at a cost of $52 billion to shareholders and another $13.4 billion to all taxpayers. In Sword Tips, we’ve…

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Vol 57: Think Strategically!

    “The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong questions.”– Peter Drucker   I have been working recently with a young CEO-in-waiting who is eager to move into the top spot. He recognizes, however, that his struggle to “think strategically”…

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Lessons from a Lemonade Stand!

Seth Godin recently wrote about two lemonade stands and how simple things in the approach made such a big difference. My colleague, Jonathan Fields, also commented on this post, expanding upon some of the key differentiators that apply to all of our businesses. Simple concept, Provocative Ideas. Free lemonade, anyone?

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Have fun today? Nah, I’ll wait ….

Saving that bottle of great wine for a special occasion … but each time, setting it aside waiting for the NEXT great occasion? Don’t take time to visit special places and landmarks in your own city because you’re busy now but soon, you’ll have more time? The NY Times recently published a story, The Psychology…

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