Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Thought Food From The Master

Said the governor, “Is there any advice you can give me in the exercise of my office?”
“Yes. Learn how to give orders.”
“So that others can receive them without feeling inferior,” said the Master.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

In Case You Didn't Know

Mentor-ship is the new "LEADERSHIP."

'Dre said it.  I believe it.  And that should be that. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Works For Me

What does it mean to think like a manager?

Sadly, little attention has been paid to that question in recent years.  Most of us have become so enamored of "leadership" that "management" has been pushed to the background.  Nobody aspires to being a good manager anymore; everyone wants to be a great leader.  But the separation of management from leadership dangerous.  Just as management without leadership encourages an uninsopired style, which deadens activities, leadership without management ecourages a disconnected style, which promotes hubris.  And we all know the destructive power of hubris in organizations.  So let's get back to plain old management. 

Jonathan Gosling and Henry Mintzberg, The Five Minds of a Manager (2003)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Performance Review


True talent by the author here.  Thanks!  

Let's Have A Discussion...

About the difference between "Empowerment" and "Engagement" shall we?

We shan't.

It would appear that "Empowerment" never took off.  But "Engagement" is heading off the chart.

Click on this graph for a better view.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Little GG, the CEO, was coming to address a room full of directors and managers at a large and well known health care institution that I worked at in New Orleans.  This was not his meeting is was actually DP's meeting.

So when little GG gets up to the podium of course he had to ask DP, "D. how much time do I have?"

And of course, D. had to answer back, "All the time you need G."  Yuk, yuk, and others yukked in low voices too.

So little GG pulled something out of the How Can I Be A Dick As the CEO book, used it, and went on to bore us all because he had proved himself to be a dick in so many ways before.


Monday, February 13, 2012

The Power Temptation

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  And I took this index card concept from Jessica Hagy at Indexed.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Bill Murray For President

"I think there's only so many people that can take care of themselves, and can take care of other people. And the rest of the people … they're useful in terms of compost for the whole planet, you know."
HT:  Drudge

The Usual Suspects

These criminal enterprises will pay a lot of money to make this scandal go away, but it is the "cost of doing business."  They are still getting off a lot easier than they should.

Bank of America Corp., 
Citigroup Inc. (C)
Ally Financial, Inc., 
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) 
Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC)

So why should we trust them with the little money we have?  We shouldn't.  They'd take us down in a heartbeat.  

The Settlement



One Beneficiary

People (read "Management / "Leadership") authorized these shenanigans.  "Knew or should have known about it."

Most, if not all, are still in place, aren't they?



Thursday, February 9, 2012


Got this challenge today on LinkedIn:

In one sentence, what's the primary outcome of leadership?
Leadership appears to be a much overused term, the opinions generated by the question might serve to demonstrate this. let's see...

I responded:  

Thanks for the challenge. This forced me to get to the root of what I think about leadership.

"The primary outcome of leadership (at whatever level) should be to manage the people, resources and activities under their responsibility to achieve the established goals of the organization - short, medium, and long term."

I used the word "manage" deliberately because people like to pound on a false dichotomy between leaders and managers. "Leaders" that love that dichotomy most often can't manage themselves out of a paper bag.

Jim Stroup from Managing Leadership has been a sound influence on me about this. Enjoy his blog:

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Seven Signs of a Dysfunctional Company


All seven of these have their genesis in the people at the top of the heap, i.e. senior management / "executives."  The remedy for these dysfunctions also must come the those on the heights.  Good luck with that.

Seven Signs of A Dysfunctional Company

Monday, February 6, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Surprise Surprise

In my inbox today:

Lessons for Leaders from Groundhog Day. 

Cutting, applicable, timely, just-in-time stuff yawl!

Apple's 1984 Ad - The Genius and Guts Were Not At The Top

When Jobs previewed the (1984) ad for the Apple sales force at the meeting in Hawaii, they were thrilled.  So he screened it  for the (Apple) board at its December 1983 meeting.  When the lights came back on in the boardroom, everyone was mute.  Philip Schlein, the CEO of Macy’s California, had his head on the table.  Mark Markkula stared silently; at first it seemed he was just overpowered by the power of the ad.  Then he spoke: “Who wants to move to find a new agency?”  Sculley  (Apple CEO) recalled, “Most of them thought it was the worst commercial they had ever seen.  Sculley himself got cold feet.  He asked Chiat/Day (the ad agency) to sell off the two commercial spots – one sixty seconds, the other thirty – that they had purchased. 


The commercial ran during Super Bowl XVIII in January of 1984.

It was a sensation.  That evening all three networks and fifty local stations aired news stories about the ad, giving it a viral life unprecedented in the pre-YouTube era.  It would eventually be selected by both TV Guide and Advertising Age as the greatest commercial of all time. 

From Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson