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I Like Your Style

Tower of Power (or TOP for short) is an R&B-based horn band, originating in Oakland, and they have been performing since 1968.  They are best known for their funky soul sound highlighted by a powerful horn section and precisely syncopated bass-guitar lines.  I’ve been a big fan of TOP, and have seen them several times in concert. Each time they never…

10/80/10 – The Lost Sheep

I am quite intrigued with the 10/80/10 rule when working through group dynamics.  When I say this in an informal setting, I hear…”Oh, you mean the Pareto principle of 80/20?”  The Pareto principle is popularized by the common strategy of 80% of something (sales, problems, solutions, etc) come from 20% of something (customers, employees, ideas,…

But, What’s Most Important?

What’s your favorite competency of successful Leaders? Thats the question I seem to receive from those who have begun subscribing to the Rare Leader™ challenge. What’s my favorite? I thought for a minute, not about my personal selection, but more so to create a bit of a dramatic pause. As my client leaned forward to…

Because I Am Possessed

I am possessed by this obligation, she said.  Possessed!  Possessed she repeated…did you hear me?  That’s why I lead.  I am obligated to others to help them succeed. Quite an emotional response to a seemingly obvious follow up question.  The first question I had asked was far too open.  But open by my design.  Where…

That Danged Glass

I was golfing this past weekend with old friends.  We’ve golfed together Saturday mornings for 30 years, and we know each-other well enough so there is a good blend of kidding each-other, as well as digging a bit deeper into more personal issues in front of us. I was not having a particularly great day…

Because It Is The Right Thing

I was working with an executive coaching client recently, helping him to prepare to interview and select a key new member of his leadership team. Harold is president and CEO of a large company, and as a result of working “on” the business instead of “within” the business, felt he was rusty in his interviewing…

Make Friends and Business Follows

One of the most truly remarkable business experiences I have ever had was presented to me in the late 1980s. I was invited to participate in a merger and acquisition presentation in New York City. As the deal was broken down into detail, it was clear this would be the financial services blockbuster deal of…

When Delegating Goes Bad

The Challenge: Evaluating, or considering changes with Senior Leadership can be a considerable challenge.  Many times this executive has become more than a coworker. When leading together in times of both war and peace, a bond develops with deep emotional ties.  Sometimes, this leader had been hand-picked, mentored, and championed throughout the organization by you….

Freedom Lies In Being Bold

Be Bold he said.   She said to be Decisive.   Feel Passionate and Free they told me.  Robert Frost claims “Freedom lies in being bold”.  Theodore Roosevelt wrote, “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who…

Connecting The Dots…

He handed me the envelope.  It was sealed, dated, and said simply Steve.  “Save this and open it when we finish our work” he said, with a slight upturned grin. 4 months earlier, Vince and I began collaborating on a strategic planning project.  Several weeks ago, he gave me this envelope.  Knowing him as well…