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Never Gender, Rank, Title

My son is reading Harry Potter and is literally devouring it. Soon, I’m thinking, he’ll reach Book 4, which poses a little problem. Not to be a spoiler or anything in case you haven’t read it, bad things happen to good people in Book 4. So as a parent, I’m thinking about what to do  More

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Duality

Life is quite often about dualities. And the role of leaders is especially so.  Do I pay attention to executing today’s strategy or envisioning the future? In the consulting world, do I focus my priorities on selling or delivering?  With expenses, do I prioritize product investment over sales/marketing investment?  And when it comes to leadership,  More

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The Critic Must Die

When product lines fail, product managers feel responsible. When children steal, parents often feel like they haven’t taught ethics and self-control well. When a business team doesn’t want to work together, isn’t the leader to blame? The line from GI Jane: “Remember, there are no bad teams, only bad leaders” reinforces this point. And as  More

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Difficulty is a Great Teacher

What I thought was torture when I worked at Apple – working with 23 different managers in seven years – I now see as an experience that refined by ability to work with many different kinds of leaders. It was a training ground that has paid big dividends – though I couldn’t see it that  More

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