“The Main Thing is Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing”: 3 Leadership Sayings from Jim Barksdale
3 Powerful Leadership Sayings from Jim Barksdale: How to Build Culture with Language. Certain sayings, or phrases, used at the right time, can be very powerful! Used consistently, they will even become part of an organization’s culture and brand – communicating important ideas quickly. Following are three sayings leaders find valuable, all attributed to one […]
Toxic Positivity – July Newsletter (8-minute read)
“Software is our modern alchemy. Isaac Newton spent much of his life trying and failing to transmute a base element — lead — into a valuable material — gold. Software is alchemy that turns bytes into actions by and on atoms. It’s the closest thing we have to magic…”
Reframing – April Newsletter (6-minute read)
“Most people miss opportunity because it iswearing overalls and looks like work.” – my Dad, to me a hundred times, quoting Thomas Edison, his hero. This month’s quote* is to honor my father, who was born April 2, 1931. My dad was a boy from Vienna who, as a child with his family, escaped the holocaust in Europe […]
Top 3 Leadership Strategies – January Newsletter (5 minute read)
“New challenges lead to new skills” That might be the understatement of the year! Like everyone else, for me this year was a time of deepening relationships, finding new ways to contribute and letting go of so many assumptions! I am saddened by the incredible losses so many faced this year, and in awe of the […]
Almost Famous 20th Anniversary
“Almost Famous” 20th Anniversary It’s the 20th anniversary of the release of the iconic film “Almost Famous”, written and directed by Cameron Crowe. If you do not know the film, it’s based on the director’s real life experience as a teenager who ends up touring with a rock band and writing for Rolling Stone magazine […]
A Little Nonsense Might Be Just What You Need
A little nonsense, now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.” — Roald Dahl, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Stress-relief benefits from a belly laugh* Laughter’s health benefits are no joke. A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data are mounting about the positive things laughter can do. Moreover, if you […]
5 Leadership Lessons from Ross Perot’s EDS
I worked for Ross Perot and his company Electronic Data Systems (EDS) from 1984 to 1992. Ross Perot’s recent passing at age 89 caused me to reflect on this critical part of my professional life. Ross Perot created a very strong culture at EDS and an important part of any culture are the language and phrases that are used to help guide actions and decisions. Following are the top five leadership phrases I still use from my time with EDS:
Four Strategies for Navigating the J Curve of Change
When implementing a change, we usually spend some period of time at the beginning of the change effort on what we call the vision or the desired end state. Inevitability, however, there is also a time at the beginning of the change when productivity or other results we are focused on go down instead of improving. Here are four strategies to help you minimize this dip and get your productivity headed back upward.
Trust Me, I’m Resilient
Without trust there can be no real change: in his original article written exclusively for CEOWORLD Magazine for their C-Suite audience, Michael offers tools for shifting from doubt to trust to improve resiliency in business relationships.
Bad News Does Not Improve with Age: How to know when to speak up
One of the key challenges of teamwork and leadership is when to bring up items of concern and when not to. Should you give the feedback or just let it go? Point out the problem you see (that no one else seems to) or “be supportive” (and see what happens)? One obviously can’t bring up every […]
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