This week I have asked 10 people younger than 50 if they knew who Jack Welch was and only one person knew. And this one person only knew because she “saw something on television” that he died. If you are over 50 and took any business courses I’m ...
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This week I have asked 10 people younger than 50 if they knew who Jack Welch was and only one person knew. And this one person only knew because she “saw something on television” that he died.team

If you are over 50 and took any business courses I’m sure you know who Jack Welch was. Welch, who died this week at 85, was the former President of General Electric (GE). Welch, an engineer by training, was best known to some of us for his innovative management and leadership practices that continue to be used globally today.

4Es of Leadership. My favorite Welch leadership practice that is easily transferred to any business and any industry is what he called the four E’s of leadership.

If you are in any leadership role I recommend you use...

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Lie Detection – You Aren’t As Good as You Think

Lie Detection

Photo by Beliaikin

When I went into banking out of college in the mid-1970s I was trained on how to make loans. I remember my boss saying something like, “You look like a trusting young man, Steve, and you are going to want to believe everything people tell you – but don’t. While most people will look like they are telling you the truth and they are, other folks will look like they are telling you the truth, but they aren’t. Don’t base a loan decision on how someone appears, deceptive faces are not obvious.”

He told me to always verify the information that borrowers gave me. And since then I have heard this term many times including most famously by Ronald Reagan when he negotiated the arms reduction treaty with the Soviet...

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A Gratitude Lesson from The Fonz

Today many of us are just speechless. We are tired of all the bullying, name-calling, and rancor. Most of us are kind humans just trying to get through the week.gratitude

And then something wonderful happens and you just feel better.

Yesterday morning, for example, Patti and I received the most wonderful note from an 80-year-old woman in our Church showing gratitude to us personally for all the ways we both quietly help our Church family flourish. We were both speechless.

Then, I happened to re-listen to Henry Winkler’s wonderful segment on Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.  Winkler, whose Jewish parents emigrated from Berlin to our country in 1939, is known to many of us as Fonzie from Happy Days. He is regarded as one of the kindest people in...

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Sir Elton John – Why a Leader’s Life is Worth Changing

Once in awhile, I realize what a quiet and uneventful life I lead. That happened recently when I finished Elton John’s new autobiography, Me. I have long been a fan and so I was curious to learn about his life. Elton JohnI was especially interested to learn about his temperamental side and how he turned his life around and became a leader in the world’s battle with AIDS.

Photo – Taron Egerton

Before I share a few, brief interesting takeaways, I must urge you to listen to the audiobook rather than read it. While Elton does read the opening and closing book segments, Taron Egerton reads the rest. Egerton is the Welsh actor who just won the Golden Globe Award for portraying Elton in the movie Rocketman. Egerton’s acting skill made me feel...

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To Collaborate Think “Outward” – 6 Skills

What makes for effective collaboration? I pondered this question while reading Elton John’s new autobiography, Me, and seeing how he worked on hundreds of collaborations. I also re-read an article on how Pixar got started and the incredible collaboration required when they made their first full-length movie, Toy Story, in 1994.

These stories made me curious about effective collaboration and here are two resources I discovered that deepened my understanding.

Six Skills Needed to Think “Outward.” In a recent Harvard Business Review article called Cracking the Code of Sustained Collaboration, Professor Francesca Gino, shares her research into collaboration at Pixar and other companies. Her key takeaway is that successful...

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