Category Archives: Self-Interested Caretaking

Good Shepherds can be Good Mushers

1.2 billion Catholics, and most of the rest of the world waited anxiously for the arrival of a new Pope.  In Pope Francis I, they appear to have a leader who is in many ways appears to be a Musher. … Continue reading

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A Field Report: Dogs with Backpacks

Recently I had the opportunity to join ten other “alpha dogs” in a hike across the Grand Canyon, from the south rim to the north rim in one day.  Known as the “Rim to Rim,” this is a pretty grueling … 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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Calling all Mushers 40 and Older

A recent article in Forbes authored by Josh Bersin, titled “It’s not the CEO, It’s the Leadership Strategy that Matters” reinvigorated my thinking about Musher Management and its suitability to the challenges of modern employment and management.  In the article, … Continue reading

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Dogs on Bicycles

Two weeks ago I had the privilege of riding alongside Mark Stephan, a low-functioning quadripalegic, and a group of his friends, across the inhospitable landscape of southwestern New Mexico and the west Texas panhandle.  What I witnessed there was not … 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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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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