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Jockeys Don’t Play Basketball

This weekend we hosted some friends for a few days that we hadn’t seen in 2 years. When their 15 year old son walked in and surprised us with his now towering 6’2 height, “Do you play basketball?” quickly rolled off someone’s lips. Obviously not all tall people play basketball, but this young man did […]

Soft Project Management

Project Managers are in great demand.  According to the World Bank, projects account for 20% of the Worlds GDP, and according to the Economist Intelligence Unit the most critical capability to company’s success in the next 5 years are key staff that can lead and implement strategic change initiatives, a.k.a Project Managers. This voracious appetite […]

6 Facets of the Servant Leadership Diamond

In his November 17, 2009 Mike Henry Sr. writes a wonderful succinct piece on the essence of “Servant Leadership”.  Many have heard the term, even strive to be one, but do we know what it really means?Mike Henry Sr. drives it home so nicely by breaking down the phrase “Servant Leaders serve people in pursuit […]

Do We Deserve Our “A-Players”?

To build a great team, we are told, we need to hire the best, or as Mark Suster put it in his terrific post last week: “In my experience B players hire C people.  A begets A,  B begets C. Don’t go there.”  We have also learned through surveys like this one http://bit.ly/ROiZS to “hire […]

Shouting Louder

Communication is a critical responsibility of every leader, one typically exercised on a daily basis.  T. Boone Pickens during his Keynote address at the the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Congress in Orlando this week confirmed what so many of us know to be true.  “There is no such thing as over communication”.  Yet, so […]

Strategy Triangle Revival

Right around 1997 Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema released The Discipline of Market Leaders.  It was an exciting book for me and my colleagues at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) because the book was researched by the CSC Index division.  A few years earlier CSC’s own Michael Hammer and James Champy revolutionized how we think about […]

It’s not Business, it’s Personal! Part 1

Friday evening I walked into Jeremiah’s Tavern and made eye contact with the group at the bar.  There were shouts of “Hey Mike!”, smiles and hugs all around.  It had been almost 2 years since the last time we saw each other like this.  Too long, but we picked up like it was yesterday, just […]

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