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Dirty Harry

By Gary Rich on Dec. 19, 2011 in Leadership Bites


Recently, at the request of a board of directors, I met with a senior executive who was widely considered to be a leadership disaster, but his business was doing well. He broke every management rule in the book, and was described as short sighted, disrespectful and arrogant. I’d been asked to do some coaching with him.

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Contrary to what the title suggests, this is NOT a book for first-time leaders, though it contains lots of practical wisdom that they could use.  Rather, this is THE book for any leader who is entering a new job and wants to do it right.

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Getting On Board

By Glenn Kaufman on Dec. 12, 2011 in Leadership Bites


One of Gary’s recent posts, Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda, discussed a leaders obligation to stop those around her/him from making a strategic mistake. But at some point, a CEO may say “Gary, despite your reservations, making investments in random Internet properties in a search for the silver bullet is the way we are headed; now line up.” 

What should the senior, but not senior-most leader, do in this situation?

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The Clone Game

By Gary Rich on Dec. 5, 2011 in


I often ask some of the executives I work with to address a seemingly simple construct. They are asked, “If you had a clone performing your current job exactly as you perform it today, what would you work on?”

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