Archive for August, 2010

Strengths Of Successful Executives

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

My entire career has been focused on helping organizations to become more effective. Fundamental to this process is the ability to help identify the skills required for executives to successfully lead. (more…)

The Fear Trap

Monday, August 16th, 2010

It is a challenge to not be fearful these days. Negative news is ubiquitous and delivered through more mediums than ever before. You can learn of the latest batch of bad news from the 24 hour news cycle on cable TV, to the internet on your hand-held mobile gloom device and even the millions of twits who tweet (present company regrettably included). It is ever-present and depressing. (more…)

Employees As Expense

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Mark Hurd, the golden boy CEO of  Hewlett-Packard was forced to resign yesterday amid a sexual harassment scandal. He was the low-profile antithesis to his predecessor, the publicity coveting Carly Fiorina who made a mess of the place before scurrying off to her hoped-for future as a Senator from California. Hurd was a no-nonsense, low key, under the covers (no pun intended) manager who engineered a remarkable turnaround for HP. (more…)

Captain Kirk Or Mr. Spock?

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I do not want to be accused of over-simplifying the study of leadership, but some comparisons are too elegant to pass up, precisely because of their simplicity. Which leads to me to the interesting archetypal leaders that are Captain James Kirk and Mr. Spock. Yep, that Kirk and Spock. (more…)