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The Power of Questions

The Power of Questions

| March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” – Thomas Berger – Questions are immensely powerful. They can act as a catalyst for engaged, fruitful dialogue. Questions are also capable of diminishing the recipient and shutting down any reasonable exchange. As many do, I consider Socrates as the father of […]

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The Hidden Value of Communicating Why

The Hidden Value of Communicating Why

| April 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

I recently had the opportunity to provide a series of workshops on Leading and Managing Change. This edition of Musings on the Cove touches on an important element in successfully leading and facilitating change – providing the Why. A leader’s willingness to provide the Why is impacted by his or her belief in honesty, transparency […]

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Differentiate Content of Meetings to Optimize Short-Term and Long-Term Results

Differentiate Content of Meetings to Optimize Short-Term and Long-Term Results

| April 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tactical issues are important. Strategic issues are also important. Each warrants our undivided attention through meetings that are specifically designed to produce results that move your organization forward. If you believe in the premise that how we get things done in our companies is via meetings, then it is worth honing our skills on how […]

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“We do not have conflict in our meetings.” Too bad!

“We do not have conflict in our meetings.” Too bad!

| March 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

If we do not have conflict in our meetings, it is very likely that we do not have honest conversations. If we do not have honest conversations, we do not have commitment and we certainly are not moving forward as quickly as we should, nor in the right direction. Here is what we do have: […]

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Habits from the Garden

Habits from the Garden

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

I operate in a very seasonal way, spending some of my time think about the upcoming season. My grandparents had a farm in Virginia, a place where I learned many valuable lessons and fine-tuned habits that have served me well. Some of you know that I garden – vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit trees. Growing […]

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“Who Must Do What?”

“Who Must Do What?”

| February 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

The final question that needs to be answered in developing a leadership team Playbook, as defined by Patrick Lencioni, is “Who Must Do What?” How often have we walked out of a meeting without clarifying who was going to be responsible that great idea? The following meeting is then filled with mild accusations of, “I […]

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The Art of Cascading Messages

The Art of Cascading Messages

| February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Last month’s blog, The Science of Cascading Messages, dealt with a few of the mechanics of how to cascade messages. As with any dynamic management process, the art of doing is what gives life to the science around it. Having clarity around the ‘why’ of cascaded messages helps to ensure the essence of meaning. A […]

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How will we succeed?

How will we succeed?

| February 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

As easy as the Aunt Mabel test is, (see the November edition of Musings on the Cove newsletter, What does your company do really?), figuring out how you will succeed is conversely, very tough. Do you cut prices, do you add features, do you outsource, or do you differentiate? “We need to focus on just a […]

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Looking for Immediate, Fundamental Commitment from Your Organization?  Create a Rallying Cry.

Looking for Immediate, Fundamental Commitment from Your Organization? Create a Rallying Cry.

| February 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

When I facilitate ‘The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team’ workshop, created by Patrick Lencioni, with Executive groups, the session I find most rewarding is the development of the Thematic Goal. It is powerful. A Thematic Goal pulls organizations together. It begins the process of breaking down silos and gathering together resources that give real weight […]

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The Science to Cascading Messages

The Science to Cascading Messages

| January 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

An article in the December 2012 Harvard Business Review caught my attention, How to Help Employees “Get” Strategy by Charles Galunic and Immanuel Hermreck. In this article they refer to the concept of “embeddedness”; companies striving to make sure their employees ’get’ the corporate strategy. The authors take issue with the value of cascading messages […]

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