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Jul30
Another Dinosaur Needs Directions to the Tar Pits

There is a great article by Amy Joyce of the Washington Post entitled:Office Sterotyping and How It Stifles.  In it, advertising executive Neil French is quoted as saying to an audience of 300 that women "don't make it to the top because they don't deserve to." He elaborated, saying that women are apt to "wimp out and go suckle something."

Now I know I’m a little tough on bad managers, but do you really have to ask me why I’m not a fan of Neil French?  When this kind of outlook still exists, it makes me even more passionate about stopping it dead in its tracks and quickly! For all of you who aspire to management positions and ultimately want to develop as leaders, this is your competition. 

Please don’t emulate this kind of attitude.  After all, it is 2006.  Let’s do what we can to clean the workforce of this kind of mindless, archaic, sexist, and ultimately stupid kind of executive!

Jul28
American Idols and Bush
I’ll admit I am one of the few Americans that is not addicted to American Idol. But I don’t have anything against it either. However, I am surprised that in a week of death, carnage and conflict, President Bush allowed his... Continue Reading
Leaders Beware
It looks like the bad guys lost another one.Today, a federal appeals court  rejected defense arguments that WorldCom Inc. founder Bernard J. Ebbers was deprived of a fair trial.  That means the fraud conviction stands.  That means that "the once-brash... Continue Reading
Jul27
Finding Balance in Leadership
Have you heard of Q-CAT? I read about Q-CAT in an article by leadership coach Patty Vogan. Q-CAT is a simple and easy to remember formula for decision making. Q = Quick. Be quick but not hasty. C = Committed. Be committed... Continue Reading
Jul26
Joe Lieberman Takes a Stand
PR legend Harold Burson  wrote: "The problem for society is whether leadership can survive under conditions that are influencing, perhaps even forcing our leaders to respond to measurable public demand. Would it have been possible for President Roosevelt to support... Continue Reading
Jul22
Are You Giving Out (and listening to) Good Ideas?
This morning I read an interesting article on the MSN Career section entitled How to Pitch Your Ideas so People Will Listen. In this article, the author Kate Lorenz gives 7 great steps to getting your good idea noticed. As... Continue Reading
Jul20
Six Reflective Questions to Leaders Who Coach
When I interviewed Dr. Sam Walton he spoke of reflection as the heart of leadership… and then again this week, Heather Harris put reflection at the hub. Since reflection is the fifth entry point to MITA Brain Based Leadership…... Continue Reading
Jul16
Six Principles of Leadership Coaching
I came across an article entitled Six Principles of Leadership Coaching in the July 2006 newsletter for the Center for Creative Leadership. I found it interesting because I have always thought of leadership coaching as the trade of professional consultants... Continue Reading
Jul15
Do TRUST and PRIDE Prevent You From Delegating?
My management students this week had to wrestle with the question of effective delegation. It’s probably something you struggle with too – I know I do. One student posted an interesting response: I find that it is difficult to... Continue Reading
Jul13
Former President Bill Clinton Leads Fight Against Fat
Former President Bill Clinton, the former chubster, has used his leadership, influence and charm to create a coalition that will attack the growing epidemic of obesity in children.  Through The Clinton Foundation, the penitent junk-food junkie brokered an agreement between,... Continue Reading
Jul12
Young CEOs Lead
Forbes has a great story profiling young American CEOs of publicly traded companies. According to Forbes, “Of the companies on Wall Street's Russell 2000 Index, there are just eight chiefs age 35 or under.” These young leaders seem to have... Continue Reading
Jul 9
Zidane's World Cup Final Lacks Leadership
The World Cup finale took a strange twist today when the sentimental darling, veteran, captain and French team leader Zinedine Zidane lost his composure and aggressively head-butted an Italian player in the chest. The action occurred in overtime and resulted in... Continue Reading
Newly Revealed Letters Show Tensions Einstein Faced at Home and Work
Tensions came from home and stress came from work to Einstein... especially during his most vulnerable times. At Time.com today, Walter Isaacson’s The Intimate Life of A. Einstein, stated, “In 1915, Albert Einstein was struggling to wrest from nature what would... Continue Reading
Do You Have an Attitude Problem?
Well Do You? Recently, I challenged my management students to think about the concept of "bad attitudes." What makes them, and where they come from. One of my students, Shannon Backus absolutely nailed this question! Most people always relate attitude... Continue Reading
Jul 5
Kenneth Lay of Enron Dies
Former CEO of Enron and convicted felon, Kenneth Lay, died suddenly of a heart attack in Aspen, Colorado. Lay was scheduled to spend the rest of his life in prison and has become a name synonymous with corporate abuse and... Continue Reading
Jul 4
Independence Day Leadership
Even in the smallest towns across America, the 4th of July provides a reminder of the courageous leadership that established principles upon which the United States was founded. Veterans of our armed forces represent what is great and valuable about... Continue Reading
Why the World Doesn't Need Superman
Yesterday we all went to watch the new movie Superman Returns. The storyline, special effects, and nostalgia were wonderful. I fully expected my kids to rave about the movie when it ended...They weren't that impressed.I guess Superman was a hero... Continue Reading
Jul 1
Do Your Strengths Make You A Weakling?
Each term in my Intro to Management course, I begin the term by asking students to tell me about the worst managers they ever worked for. This term I noticed that the ones mentioned ran the gamut from being incompetent to... Continue Reading

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