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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Growing People: Give head and elbow room


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How does one develop senior people? The evidence is rather clear from sources as far apart as the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and the consultants, McKinsey. At CCL they have found that the best preparation for a senior role in any … Continue reading


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Halftime in America: The power of story


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A day or so ago on the Harvard Business Review Readers discussion group the topic was posted: What did you learn from the best Super Bowl ad? The Super Bowl is a huge marketing showcase… of which a few commercials stood … Continue reading


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Complex Systems – Learning from A River


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The Mississippi river complex drains the heartland of America, exiting, as everyone knows, below New Orleans. The river, its catchment basins, flood plains and deltas comprise a complex system that has evolved over the eons to deal with change. Huge … Continue reading


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The Fusion of Ideas: Welding Imagination to Experience


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In a recent HBR blog, Bronwyn Fryer, a contributing editor to hbr.org , put out a call for what she called “idea fusers”. She pointed out that great inventions are often the result of the fusion of ideas from very … Continue reading


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Command and Collaborate


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In a recent HBR blog, INSEAD Professor Herminia Ibarra reported from the World Economic Forum in Davos.  The theme of the meeting was “The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models”. As far as leadership was concerned, she wrote that the emerging … Continue reading


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Scribblings from the Garret


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Welcome to my blog, the launching of my new website, and the pre-launch publicity for my forthcoming book, The New Ecology of Leadership: Business Mastery in a Chaotic World. In his January/February article in Foreign Affairs, The Future of History: … Continue reading


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