Tag Archives: Musher

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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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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Management and Alignment

Since my last post, in addition to my client work, I’ve been principally focused on co-authoring two books to be published and available for sale on Amazon.com in December:   99 Questions to Maximize the Sale of your Business:  A … 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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Course Correction

Throughout my blogs I’ve spoken about the need for thoughtful planning.  But what should the Musher/Leader do when things just aren’t working out as planned?  Mike Tyson has a famous quote that “everyone has a plan ’til they get punched … 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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Vision, Geometry, and Leadership

To follow up on my recent blogs on communication and clarity, I thought I would return to the dogsled metaphor to make a finer point.  In the dogsled configuration, the dogs are harnessed to the sled, low to the ground … Continue reading

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