Category Archives: leadership

“Leadership”

A few weeks ago I was speaking to a friend and advisor and he asked me, “what’s your definition of leadership?” I thought about it, and then thought about it a little more, and a little more… until I realized … Continue reading

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The end of the line

One day in the not-so-distant future, you’ll get there.  The end of the line.  The top of your organization.  The top of your field.  Nowhere else to go, because you’ll have arrived. Most likely, that day won’t be within striking … Continue reading

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A wasted day

Think about it: on a day when you swing for the fences, you might swing and miss. A miss means a complete miss, a whiff, an air-ball, and all the associated jeering (we think) from the peanut gallery.  Wouldn’t it … Continue reading

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Barbara Grant – Management Practices for the Social Sector

I admit it, going into an all-day training called “Management Practices for the Social Sector” I was feeling, uh, skeptical.  I’d heard great things from colleagues who’d done the training, but I was suspicious. Man was I wrong. Barbara Grant … Continue reading

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FDR and persistent experimentation

Acumen’s CEO Jacqueline Novogratz shared this with our team last week.  It’s from FDR’s 1932 Commencement Address at Oglethorpe University. Especially today, our task is to remake the world which we find before us.  We have no other option. Amazing … Continue reading

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How do I learn?

Back in May I realized that Peter Drucker’s Managing Oneself was a cornerstone piece of writing that I need to reread annually.  Its simplicity of language belies a depth of clarity and analysis about what it takes to understand oneself … Continue reading

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Action is

Action is staking a claim to something. Action is a means of taking ownership. When you move first (on a project, on an idea) you mark a territory as yours. You require others to say “hey wait a minute, we … Continue reading

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