Category Archives: Organization

Mushing Millenials

My wife, who has returned to the workforce, recently expressed to me a real consternation with some of the younger people she has had to work with as peers and subordinates. While at first I just assumed that her frustration … Continue reading

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Good Mushers are Good Dogs

When I owned my first business, I became critically aware of how dependent I was upon my employees to be successful.  Not just in the sense of a future exit or some wealth creation, but in the execution of daily … Continue reading

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Not all CEO’s are Mushers, and not all Mushers are CEO’s

A close friend, Mark Stephan, endured a horrible cycling accident a number of years ago which left him a quadriplegic. Mark’s wife, Margaret Ann, was told to expect the worse — she was told Mark would “likely be like (and … Continue reading

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Knowing the Dogs from the Sled – A Cautionary Tale for CEO Recruiting

A recent article in Forbes “The Seven Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives”, provides a great example of the danger of narcissism in the corner office.  Virtually all the examples provided damned the CEO in terms of his or her focus … Continue reading

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The Musher Publishes

Fellow Mushers, I’m proud to announce the publication and sale of my first book, 99 Questions to Maximize the Sale of Your Business, available at Amazon.com both in paperback and on Kindle. Getting published was more work than I thought, … Continue reading

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People are not Dogs, nor are they Cogs

Recently a colleague turned my attention to a blog post in the Harvard Business Review blogging area, written by Nilofer Merchant.  The title of the blog post was “People are Not Cogs” (http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/06/people_are_not_cogs.html).  In the blog, Nilofer discussed the resistance … Continue reading

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Planning the Race

Some of you may be aware that this Saturday will mark the beginning of the Ititarod, an 1,150 mile grueling dog-sled race which commemorates the ancient use of dog sleds by Native Indians over the Iditarod trail to move people … Continue reading

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Inputs from the Field

Mushers run their teams and manage their sled on a complex, real-time and mostly harsh terrain.  Information is vital to a successful, safe race.  The key to winning (or even surviving) is knowing where and how to source information and … Continue reading

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Intentionality

In the past several blog posts, I’ve spoken for the need for timely, accurate, and appropriate communication to the team, not only as a matter of operational necessity, but also as an important means of establishing trust and credentialing the … Continue reading

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Clarity

Clarity of communication and communication strategy are critical elements in dog sledding. In the Parable of the Musher, the CEO reaches a point in his dog sledding experience where the team must traverse a steep hill: “What I witnessed on … Continue reading

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