Becoming a Sage by Seeking Wisdom

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One of my favorite words is “wisdom” probably because we think of Sages as having wisdom.  In fact, I like the phrase “becoming a sage” so much that this is the title of my monthly podcast series (on the second Friday of each month). You may be familiar with Krista Tippett, the public radio host of On Being (and newsletter with the …

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast!

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“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” It is said that Peter Drucker used this phrase to indicate that corporate culture is more important than company strategy.  Yet, many companies are making decisions that are destroying the culture.  I often use these metaphors to describe culture: Invisible tapestry.  We often can’t see it, but culture weaves people together. Glue.  It is the glue …

The Power of Presence

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For the past few weeks, I have been sharing my thoughts about the growing “disease” of social isolation and how important it is for leaders to build community.  I shared research by Sheryl Turkle who has written two books and a TED talk on how technology is harming our ability to have conversations.  Turkle says we need to work at …

The Real Purpose of Leadership: Part 3

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In Part 1 and Part 2 of my blog series on “Building Community,” I focused on the growing disease of social isolation, the problems it was causing, and what leaders might do about it.  This post is about the real purpose of leadership. When I think about community, I am reminded of Robert Putnam’s classic book Bowling Alone: The Collapse …

How Leaders Build Community: Part 2

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This is a blog series on social isolation and how leaders need to pay attention and build community as a result.  In a previous blog, I shared a quote from Thomas Friedman’s latest book Thank You For Being Late:  Friedman asked Surgeon General Murthy what was the biggest disease in America today.  Without hesitation, he answered, “It’s not cancer.  It’s …

Leaders Need To Build Community: Part 1

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As I said in an earlier post, one of my current research areas is the topic of community.  So I am going to write a series of posts on various aspects of this topic.  Based on his most recent book, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Thomas Friedman of the New …

Leaders Need To Build Community

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Thomas Friedman of the New York Times is traveling around the country giving talks, recording podcasts, and granting interviews based on his most recent book, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.  You can listen to an excellent interview podcast with Friedman by clicking here. Through his extensive research, Friedman is sharing what the …

One of My Favorite Podcast Series

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During the holidays, our family went on a road trip out west to ski.  One of my sons introduced me to a great podcast series on NPR titled:  How I Built This.  This is an interview series with innovators and entrepreneurs such as the founders of Patagonia and Clif bar.  The driving went quickly because we were able to listen …

The Power of Willpower

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At this time of year, we think about New Year’s Resolutions–what we want to improve or learn.  Often we think about the weight we want to lose, the money we want to save, the changes we want to make.  Recently, I read a book that influenced my thinking about these topics titled “Willpower: Discovering the Greatest Human Strength” by Roy …

Be Aware of the Blues

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It seems as if the holiday season comes sooner all of the time with retailers decorating and playing music and all the advertisements involved. The season is full of traditions, rituals, and festivities that set expectations high for both religious and secular activities. The tone is set by the music that is often continuously played during the season: “Tis the …