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Four-star General and Hippie Agree on Leadership & Change Management

This last week I went to the Fortune Magazine ScaleUp Summit in Atlanta Georgia.  The overarching theme of the summit–from General McChrystal’s “Team of Teams” keynote to Ari Weinzweig’s change management presentation about Zingerman’s Deli–is that no one wants to be managed. Instead, our people want and need coaches. If the frontline employees have access to the […]

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Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

My new favorite baseball team is the Washington Nationals. This is mostly because, as a father of four former little-league or high school baseball players, I’m a fan of Vegas-native baseball phenom, Bryce Harper. The Nationals didn’t make the playoffs this year, to the surprise of almost everyone familiar with Major League Baseball.  They were a consensus pick […]

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The Value of Business Coaching

Michael Jordan had Phil Jackson. Steve Jobs had Bill Campbell. Meg Whitman had John Thompson High performers in any field typically have a coach or mentor to help guide their major decisions. Several times in my career, I have found value in a business coach both for myself and the senior executives that reported to […]

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Pareto Principle: Determining Key Drivers

In 1906, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto created a mathematical formula to describe the unequal distribution of wealth in Italy, observing that twenty percent of the people had eighty percent of the wealth.  The principle does not just apply to economics. In fact, the pattern occurs in almost every natural and social system. Pareto himself showed that […]

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