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Purchase Card Deck – Step 3

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Seeking the Place of Most Potential

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Concluding our role in leading the process and watching UK College of Food, Agriculture and Environment announce their Strategic Plan  today… I am convinced that they are headed to the place of most potential.  I believe we have reached new heights in the engaging communities in dialog about their future. The Art of high performance teams leadership is living in our work… merging the Elusive Leadership approach with strategic planning is yielding great things.  Very thankful to all our clients ...

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“Do Not Tell Lies about the past”

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Though he wrote the statement “Do not tell lies about the past,” he rarely mentions the past in his notes, memoir, or private journal.  No, he was firmly focused on the future in his writings. Curious about everything, his writings are one of the great treasures of his time. From the age of 30, he was a habitual journal keeper.  What we find in his journal is the random thoughts of a man who seemed to jump from one idea ...

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Are you reacting… or strategic?

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My new word is FOCUS!  Yes, it is common and not especially exciting, but FOCUS says it all for me. Focus = Prosperity! Look at any great leader.. or great company and you will find they are focused!  Their focus is narrow and their actions are strategic. All the great stories of success have at some point in the journey a desire to focus on doing a small number of things well.  From an organization point of view, this is ...

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Group Think and Politics

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This is a great description of the effects of group think (although a bit long). At about the 7 minute mark he goes into the impact of hearing a message over and over. Seems if we hear something enough times, we have a tendacy to believe it to be true.. It explains how political campaigns and even news interviews can distort reality.  More importantly, it is a warning to leaders to ensure dissent (one of  four (4) conversations of an elusive ...

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PSU – Not just about football

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Reading the news this morning, I came away with tremendous dissapointment in the press and their coverage of the Freeh report on the Sandusky matter at PSU.  Yes.. I am dissapointed in Joe Pa.. and the entire administrative team, but I am saddened by how poorly this is being reported. Yes.. he was a football coach..and yes it happened within the football complex, but this is not an issue of football leadership.  Again, this is not about football.  This is ...

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Curiosity

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Constant CuriosityTM.. linkage between the art and science of truth!

“I believe that the distinction between an [artist], we generally use the word artist to be visual arts of some sort, but there is very little distinction between an artist of that type and a scientist or engineer of the highest caliber.

And I have never had a distinction in my mind between those two types of people.  They, just to me, have been people who pursued different paths, but ...

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Jobs… His most signficant influencer

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I purposely have avoided starting Isaacson’s  book on Steve Jobs  until this month. Intuitively, I think I might have been biased by the hype after his death. I primarily read biographies to understand both the strengths and weaknesses of leaders and I have found that they are best read when I can be distant from the actual subject.

From my early reading on the first 100 pages of the book, I find Isaacson’s book an excellent read due ...

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Empowerment – 1948

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“As our business grows, it becomes increasingly necessary to delegate responsibility and to encourage men and women to exercise their initiative. This requires considerable tolerance. Those men and women, to whom we delegate authority and responsibility, if they are good people, are going to want to do their jobs in their own way.

Mistakes will be made. But if a person is essentially right, the mistakes he or she makes are not as serous in the long run as the mistakes ...

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A Leadership failure of accountability…

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I have waited several weeks for the news cycle to slow down on the Penn State tradegy with the former assistant coach. You see other incidents emerging at other places now where other individuals have not been called out for behaviours that can only be described as the worst crimes possible. The behaviours of these individuals is grave and more horrible than anything I can imagine. A couple of thoughts first about the issues raised by these incidents:

This is not ...

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