Orpheus Ascending

I had heard a recording by the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, seen a documentary about them, and heard about a classic Harvard Business School case study that focused on their leadership style. But, I heard them live last week and I … Read More..

Are All-Hands Meetings Worth The Bother?

. . . or any other big meeting for that matter? I’ve attended a lot of dreadful big meetings. Sometimes they’re called all-hands meetings, town halls, or something else. These big meetings usually involve almost everyone in the organization. I … Read More..

Missing the Handoff in Big Projects

Energy can quickly drain out of a big change for a variety of reasons. But I heard a new one recently. I was interviewing a senior person in an organization regarding a study I am doing on Batteries Not Included™. … Read More..

Values At Work Begin With You

You are already living your values whether you’ve ever thought about them or not. When someone asks your employees, “What’s it like to work here?” Or a potential supplier asks, “What are they like to work with?,” you will hear … Read More..

What the Magna Carta Could Teach Corporate Leaders

This month marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, a document that provided rule-of-law protection for the people. Lord Dening, a 20th Century British jurist, called it “the greatest constitutional document of all time, the foundation … Read More..

Shift the Energy Before It’s Too late

(#10 in The Energy Bar series)   Jim Blasingame (the Small Business Advocate) told me a great story about energy. At age 27, he landed a job in sales with Xerox.  He met with the local head of a manufacturing … Read More..