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Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

By Gary Rich on Nov. 28, 2011 in


A friend of mine is in a senior position at a mid cap that just filed bankruptcy. Sadly hundreds of employees will lose their jobs, investors and lenders will lose their money and everyone who poured their heart and soul into working there will experience a painful defeat. And that’s not even the bad news. 

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Business Ghosts

By Gary Rich on Nov. 21, 2011 in


In the 1988 movie, Gotham, Eddie Mallard (Tommy Lee Jones) finds himself in the unenviable position of dating a ghost played by Virginia Madsen. His friend provides him with some sound coaching, “You’re sleeping with a dead woman Eddie. There’s no future in it for you.”

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Do You Know Me?

By Gary Rich on Nov. 14, 2011 in


Twenty years ago I was working for American Express on a project that was relatively important. I was positioned about six levels down from the CEO. The project went on for months, long days and long nights. One afternoon, the CEO “dropped by” my office to see “how it was going.”

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Leading At The Very End

By Glenn Kaufman on Nov. 7, 2011 in


By Glenn Kaufman, Partner, The Leadership Room

My mother recently passed away, but she faced death courageously.  In her last few hours she fought delirium long enough to put us, her family, at ease.  She told us to look forward, but when looking back, to think of the “good times” and get energy and inspiration from them.  She didn’t want us to feel sorry for her, but mostly, she didn’t want us to feel sorry for ourselves.  She gave a context to “endings” that was all about “beginnings”.  Although she never held a corporate position or had a title other than “mom”, she was a leader.

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