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Communicate with your employees – Always!

I have frequently cited the weekly Corner Office series that appears in the Sunday NY Times. This week’s interview is with Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs. In his interview, he emphasizes the critical importance of communicating regularly with employees. While this might get more emphasis during challenging times like these, he validates the notion…

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Why Planning is critical – and why you don’t do it!

The need for planning is a common theme at Exkalibur and John Maxwell, a well-recognized source of leadership insights, has written extensively on this subject. He recently wrote about Principle-Centered Planning as a way to emphasize the value of planning, particularly in such uncertain times. His metaphor about white-water rafting and why planning is needed…

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Time to Toughen Up!

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One of the common issues I face in working with CEO’s and other business leaders is the resistance we all have to making tough decisions. Usually, they’re decisions that we have already made but haven’t been willing to execute. They’re things that we know are right but we fear the reaction of others and don’t…

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Begin planning for 2010

The McKinsey Quarterly, a publication of McKinsey & Company, recently published a short article offering Three Tips for planning in these uncertain times. It emphasizes the importance of developing multiple scenarios, rigorous monitoring and longer-term focus to enhance the success of your planning. (You’ll need to register – for free – to read the entire…

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Ford CEO on Being a CEO

Thoughtful readers of this blog will see that Alan Mullaly’s interview in the NY Times Corner Office column sounds like it’s taken directly from work published by A.G. Lafley, former CEO of P&G, and Peter Drucker, on The Role of the CEO. It’s a solid summary, though, about the critical responsibilities that ONLY the CEO…

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Multitasking? Not so much!

Researchers at Stanford University unveiled a study last week that found that multitaskers aren’t so great when it comes to accomplishments or focus. Interestingly, the study started out as a search to find the “holy grail” of multitasking, i.e., what DNA strand enables some people to so skillfully manage to many tasks at once ……

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Get the right people on the bus … and let them fail?

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The NY Times runs a regular feature on Sundays entitled The Corner Office, which summarizes conversations with various CEO’s on the topic of Leadership. There is a consistent theme relating to hiring philosophy, feedback experiences and other “lessons learned” in this series of articles. In this week’s interview with Deborah Dunsire, M.D., president and chief…

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The need for unbiased feedback

There is no question that the value of unbiased feedback is critical to our success. The first cousin to Accountability, unbiased feedback is rarely a welcome interloper but one that we appreciate as we consider how we might improve the success of our lives. The NY Times today, in an article entitled For Best Resuts,…

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