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8.05.13 · WEEKLY WISDOMS

Aug 5, 2013 Issue

Being A Winning Team Doesn't Mean Never Losing

This Fall, my partner Matt Brubaker and I will be working in earnest on our new book about high performing teams, The Wave . One of the most challenging demands we'll face is to contradict what ... View newsletter.

7.29.13 · WEEKLY WISDOMS

Jul 29, 2013 Issue

7.22.13 · WEEKLY WISDOMS

Stuck in Traffic

I live and mostly work in Southern California. That means spending time in traffic...a lot of time in traffic. When you're somebody like me, who seeks teaching opportunities in nearly every part ... View newsletter.

7.15.13 · WEEKLY WISDOMS

Yasiel Puig Versus the Wall

If you've followed baseball recently, you've heard about Yasiel Puig. The Cuban-defector playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers has been setting the world on fire since his debut in June: hitting ... View newsletter.

7.08.13 · WEEKLY WISDOMS

The Rockets Red Glare

It's customary after July 4th to write something profound about independence, freedom, or America. I'll leave that to others. Let me clearly and simply stipulate here that I love my country and am ... View newsletter.

7.01.13 · WEEKLY WISDOMS

The Two Tony Sopranos

Part 1

Like many, I was saddened to hear about the recent loss of the great actor James Gandolfini to a heart attack. Millions of us spent years riveted to our televisions, watching Gandolfini's savage, ... View newsletter.

6.24.13 · WEEKLY WISDOMS

Traffic Jams on Everest

Recently, famed mountaineer Conrad Anker said something about Mount Everest that was probably the last thing you would expect to hear about the fabled mountain: it's overcrowded! It turns out that ... View newsletter.

6.17.13 · WEEKLY WISDOMS

Negative Capability

What was it that made William Shakespeare the greatest writer of all time? According to the great poet John Keats, it was what Keats called "negative capability." That's the capacity to ... View newsletter.

6.10.13 · WEEKLY WISDOMS

My Graduation Speech

Tis the season for high school and college commencement speeches, which means it's time for millions of graduating seniors to roll their eyes in boredom. Who can blame them? The typical graduation ... View newsletter.

6.03.13 · WEEKLY WISDOMS

Jun 3, 2013 Issue

Sometimes, commitment is its own reward

The 2013 Women's College Softball World Series started on May 30th. As you may know, I have a long history of involvement with the sport, and most recently with the UCLA softball team, so I take ... View newsletter.

5.27.13 · WEEKLY WISDOMS

May 27, 2013 Issue

Sacrificing for something they will never see

Memorial Day is an important and somber time, a commemoration of the people who have died in the service of this country-a gift whose value cannot be overstated. One of the most poignant aspects ... View newsletter.

5.20.13 · WEEKLY WISDOMS

May 20, 2013 Issue

Charles Ramsey and The Will to Get Involved

Less than two weeks ago America got a new hero: Charles Ramsey, a man from Cleveland, Ohio, who interrupted his enjoyment of a Big Mac to respond to the panicked pleas of a young woman in a ... View newsletter.

5.13.13 · WEEKLY WISDOMS

May 13, 2013 Issue

Are there times to rethink our definition of "winning"?

That's a question I ask in my upcoming new book, "The Wave." Most corporate cultures define a winning team not only as one that achieves its objective every time but as one that ... View newsletter.

5.06.13 · WEEKLY WISDOMS

Snow or Insulation?

It's a matter of perspective

A friend and colleague who lives in the Midwest told me this story about the long, snowy winter that region endured this year: A group of students living near the local university were freezing in ... View newsletter.

4.29.13 · WISDOM LEADING NEWSLETTER

Fish Story

Not long ago, my partner Matt Brubaker was running on the beach in La Jolla, California. He spotted a young seal on the beach waving its flippers and bobbing its head to get attention from ... View newsletter.

4.22.13 · WISDOM LEADING NEWSLETTER

We have met our ally, and he is us

The famous line from the Pogo comic strip goes, "We have met the enemy, and he is us." The above variation seems apt only a few days after the terrible bombing at the Boston Marathon. ... View newsletter.

4.15.13 · WISDOM LEADING NEWSLETTER

It's 11:59 p.m. on April 15...

...do you know where your tax return is? Today is annual tax filing day and like clockwork, tens of thousands of people around the country will wait until the last second and then rush to their ... View newsletter.

4.08.13 · WISDOM LEADING NEWSLETTER

"Whatever is Happening..."

The headline quote by Susan Sontag (full quote is "Whatever is happening, something else is always going on."), remains one of the more illuminating bits of wisdom I have ever read. It ... View newsletter.

4.01.13 · WISDOM LEADING NEWSLETTER

Two CEO's Walk into a Bar...

According to a new study conducted by the Wharton School, leadership effectiveness and height are correlated. In other words, the taller you are, the better leader you'll be. Just kidding. Today is ... View newsletter.

3.25.13 · WISDOM LEADING NEWSLETTER

It's Fall in Tasmania

The globe is a fascinating thing. Consider the International Date Line, which makes it possible to fly over the Pacific Ocean from Tokyo to Los Angeles and arrive before you left (that's really ... View newsletter.

3.18.13 · WISDOM LEADING NEWSLETTER

Relearning the Fundamentals

Ah spring, a time when fly balls and pickoff throws fill the air! In Florida and Arizona, Major League Baseball clubs are going through the motions of spring training. Players are working on their ... View newsletter.

3.11.13 · WISDOM LEADING NEWSLETTER

Gerrymandering Your Organization

It's no secret that Congress is dysfunctional. Its futility is a product of the polarization that comes from tampering with population center boundaries of to create favorable voter rolls-a ... View newsletter.

3.04.13 · WISDOM LEADING NEWSLETTER

And the Oscar Goes To...

Last Sunday we engaged in that classically American ritual, the Academy Awards. Of the many endlessly interesting things about the Oscars, one stands out to me: the change in the phrase spoken by ... View newsletter.

2.25.13 · WISDOM LEADING NEWSLETTER

The Power of Distraction

In business, we treasure the stereotype of the grinder, the guy (or gal) who puts in the 14-hour days to get the job done. That's virtuous, we say. Sitting at your desk, mainlining coffee and not ... View newsletter.

2.18.13 · WISDOM LEADING NEWSLETTER

Feb 18, 2013 Issue

Are We Rewarding Behavior That's Damaging Teams?

In my next book, one of the things I'll be discussing is the idea that our traditional metrics of team success are outdated and even ignorant of the realities of how people function within the ... View newsletter.

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Trusted advisor and coach to admired executives globally for 3 decades, Thought leader on wisdom-based approaches to breakthrough leading, "Lead Coach" for Deloitte's experienced and high potential leader development, Team performance advisor to two NCAA championship teams