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Most Popular November Improvement Points

Improvement Points is a free service providing a key thought or quotation from one of my articles, provided three times per week, directly to your e-mail inbox. Each complimentary Improvement Point links directly into the full article on our web site that spawned it. If you’d like to read more about that day’s Improvement Point, […]

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Is Moose on the Table Suitable for All Staff?

“Hi Jim, I have two coordinators and 10 staff ranging from a financial officer to HR assistants and records clerks. Would this book be suitable for all staff or just the coordinators?" Bev Hi Bev, I actually wrote Moose on the Table (and we’ve priced it) to be purchased in bulk for everyone in an […]

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Feedback and Follow-up: Ways to use The Leader Letter

Nearly three hundred readers responded to our survey regarding The Leader Letter. The ratings and feedback has been very useful and gratifying. Eighty-five percent rated The Leader Letter’s overall quality an eight or more out of ten. Other insights about which sections or regular features are most useful, along with the newsletter length, and why […]

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Chapters One to Eight Now Online – With Video Commentary

A respondent to our Leader Letter survey question around what feature he or she would like to see added to the newsletter wrote: “I’d like to see a fable corner…perhaps a variation on the Moose on the Table book. It could be a fable with a ‘moral to the story’ component or it could be […]

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Start Your Day With a Leadership Boost!

As we track the patterns of growing traffic to our web site, we continue to see the vast majority of visitors come to read through my archive of nearly three hundred articles, book excerpts, and columns . Comments like this one from Luís always make my day! His feedback also lets us know that our […]

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Even the Maple Leafs can use some advice

For those who don’t know, Toronto’s hockey team, the Maple Leafs are having a terrible year…again. Recently there has been a lot of talk about the future of the team’s General Manager and Coach. In this morning’s Globe and Mail, there’s a story in the Management Section, where I’m quoted in regards to the situation. […]

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmmm…on Harnessing the Timeless Power of Stories

“A good rule of thumb from examining human history, the role of parables, and the influence of the Christian Bible: Never under-estimate the power of a good story.” – John P. Kotter and Dan S. Cohen, The Heart of Change: Real Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations “When executives need to persuade an […]

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It’s Moose Hunting Season

I have used the moose-on the-table analogy for nearly ten years in my workshops, articles, keynote presentations, and The Leader’s Digest. As you can read in the Preface to Moose on the Table: A Novel Approach to Communications @ Work, I have an office full of moose stuff. I’ve also been collecting plenty of creative […]

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Barrick Gold Hunts Moose Worldwide

One of the sections in the Courageous Leadership for Health and Safety training program we designed Barrick Gold (see July 2006 and December 2006 issues for more details) revolves around initiating courageous conversations using our moose quiz and moose hunting tips from The Leader’s Digest: Practical Application Planner. Recently their Health and Safety Director, Bruce […]

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Discussing the UndiscussaBULL

“I have coined the term ‘Discuss the Undiscussabull’ ™ which is the bull in the middle of the family business living room, and no one wants to talk about it. As a coach, I use the talking stick, a beanie baby bull which family members pass around at random when they wish to speak. The […]

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Most Popular October Improvement Points

Improvement Points is a free service providing a key thought or quotation from one of my articles, provided three times per week, directly to your e-mail inbox. Each complimentary Improvement Point links directly into the full article on our web site that spawned it. If you’d like to read more about that day’s Improvement Point, […]

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmmm….Ensuring You Don’t Become a Moose

“I make mistakes. I’ll be the second to admit it.” – Jean Kerr, American playwright “…. people around us may tend to collude with our denial. Among the more difficult kinds of information to get in organizational life is honest, constructive feedback about how we are doing, especially about our lapses. Coworkers, subordinates, and bosses […]

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Emotional Intelligence Even More Important in Electronic Age

Milli Murray sent me the following e-mail in response to an item on Emotional Intelligence in the August issue of The Leader Letter. She makes an excellent point on how EI is becoming ever more important. It’s clearly a major factor in leadership effectiveness. “I really enjoyed the article on Emotional Intelligence. In an age […]

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Can Change be Managed or is that an Oxymoron

A UK reader writes: “I was interested by your article on change management being an oxymoron (see “Change Management is an Oxymoron”). Fundamentally I agree with much of your article. Unless we are personally ready, willing and able to accept change then no amount of theory or application of models will be successful. However, I […]

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Powerful Proof That Leaders Are Made, Not Born

For over thirty years I’ve believed to the core of my being that high performers are made, not born. Otherwise I would have given up long ago! When I was a sales trainer with Culligan Water Conditioning back in the seventies I wrote a fictitious (and facetious) series of birth and death announcements making fun […]

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How to Tell If You Have a Moose Problem

One of the features of our new Moose on the Table web site is that we’ve posted the assessment exercise I have been using for a few years to help managers and management teams assess the size of their moose problem. Go to www.mooseonthetable.com/moose_exercises.aspx and find out what kind of moose are living in your […]

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The Motivation Myth That Won’t Go Away

In the movie, Groundhog Day, actor Bill Murray plays Phil, a weather forecaster who spends the night in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where he is to do a broadcast the next day (February 2), broadcasting the annual ritual of the coming out of the groundhog. He wakes up the next morning, does his story and is annoyed […]

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Assessing Management Commitment

A woman rushed up to famed violinist Fritz Kreisler after a concert and cried, “I’d give my life to play as beautifully as you do.” Kreisler replied, “I did.” There’s commitment and then there’s commitment. Here’s a scale of the wide range of executive commitment we often encounter: Permission – allows managers or staff support […]

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Site Seeing

We’re always working to improve our web site. The two most important aspects of any site are usability and findability. Findability is something a little more subtle. Most folks come to our site because they know me through referral from a colleague or have attended a workshop or seminar. But a lot of folks come […]

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The story behind the story

I started using the Moose-on-the-Table metaphor in the mid to late nineties when helping management teams identify and address the issues that were getting in the way of higher performance. Just like dysfunctional families, many such teams find it easier to avoid tough conversations. But rarely do problems get better when left unaddressed. Rather, the […]

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