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Leadership LibraryI have written more than 300 articles about Leadership, about 1/3 of which have been published by the SF affiliate of the New York Times. You can focus here on specific issues including Communication, Compensation, Governance, Entrepreneurship, Performance, Planning, and Recruiting

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Monday Quote of the Week: Are you focused on the process or only on the outcome?

Too simple? Not really because results flow from actions. We can never be sure of the outcome despite our good intentions, but we CAN try hard enough to give us the best chance for success.

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Monday Quote of the Week: How hard is simplicity?

You’ve probably heard the axiom, “I would have written you a shorter letter but I didn’t have time”?

That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than compled. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

That’s the essence of this quote … and a core principle that has launched Apple’s meteoric rise to become the most valuable company in the world.

What are you doing to make your life simpler?

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Monday Quote of the Week: Do You Chase Perfection?

Anyone got a problem with Excellence?

Perfection is not attainable but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence

Football season is around the corner, but regardless of whether you’re a fan, there are many lessons we can take from the world of sports.
This is one we all need to remember, especially you perfectionists out there. You know who you are. (For my part, you can put me in the camp of a “reformed perfectionist”.)
I think I’ll just “settle for” EXCELLENCE.

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Monday Quote of the Week: Politeness Can Be Poison

I’ll bet you’ve seen this in your organization.

politeness is the poison of collaboration

In You Love Collaboration. Do You Think It’s a Substitute for Communication?, I talk about how so many leaders confuse consensus with collaboration.
One of the main culprits is politeness. We don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, we want everyone to just get along, we don’t want to rock the boat …. and without even realizing it, the group drifts towards consensus.
As a leader, you’re challenged to make decisions in the best interests of the organization, its shareholders and other stakeholders.
That’s not the same as making decisions that may be in the best interests of the those you’ve consulted … or only making the decisions with which most everyone agrees.
It might be time to read this article to be clear about the distinction. It could save your business.

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