Barry Goldberg

The Cost of a Culture of Distraction

I visited with a client this week in Washington DC where a bet-the-business project team is having a hard time making progress. They have sufficient resource and skilled leadership. They have a clear and critical charter and even a sponsor who is...

Why General McChrystal Had to Go

Any top team needs debate and even conflict- but only at the right time and in the right setting.  That time and that setting are before the matter is decided. Given how long it took President Obama to set the strategy, there was plenty of...

Leadership Lesson from the World Cup: How to Be Your Own Worst Enemy

An American with no street cred whatsoever writing about the World Cup may be a dangerous thing.  While I am a fan, I cannot pretend to understand the subtleties of a game I did not ever play much.  And certainly I barely understand the...

PonderThis: Which Risk Are We Managing?

Risk Management is supposed to be about insulating your business from the conditions and occurrences that could threaten continuing operations.  I can imagine that drilling for oil in deep oceans is a serious risk management challenge- since the impact of a system failure is...

We See What We Are Looking For

The World Cup begins next week in Africa.  Ironically, according to a recent publicity poll, about 30% of those reading this blog post from the U.S. do not know what I am talking about. The FIFA World Cup is possibly the largest and best known...

Ponder This: Hunker Down or Pedal to the Metal?

If you're new here, or a refugee from the Entelechy Partners blog, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. If you prefer email- put your email in to the right and Feeblitz will deliver for you. And, although no one will...

Power Sharing and Dedication to Vision

There is much to learn from the goings on in the UK right now.  Unlike the Presidential system, elections in a Parliamentary system can be only the beginning.  There are likely many things to learn about leadership as we watch the leaders of the...

PonderThis: When Rewards are Out of Whack

Last week we saw something many did not expect.  We saw senior members of Goldman Sachs enrage members of a congressional committee not by arguing or feigning innocence or even ignorance.  For the most part they seemed mystified.  There is a huge emotional payload...

BP, Tony Hayward and Leadership Legacy

Many executives talk about the legacy that they want to leave.  The current challenges of British Petroleum with the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico provide a clear set of lessons about the legacy any executive leaves. Lesson One: A Leadership Legacy is...

PonderThis: What ELSE Can we Learn from Goldman Sachs

The pundits have lined up to comment on the SEC’s indictment of Goldman Sachs.  The analysis, finger pointing and positioning mounts by the hour.  But in addition to the debates about reform and regulation there are some subtle yet important leadership lessons to...

Meetings Again!

Meetings are low hanging fruit.  If you were to parachute me into any company blind and ask me to find a way to make major impacts to productivity, meeting culture is one of the first places I would look. After witnessing a painful, nonproductive 3...

PonderThis: Leadership and Poetry?

April is National Poetry Month and I would like to suggest that you spend a little time with a poet this weekend.  You might not think of poetry as fair game for a leadership blog.  But that is only if you have not encountered...

The Body Knows

There is an entire field, called Somatics, of study about how body wisdom and awareness provides important input for leaders.  For many business leaders, all but the most basic concepts are too esoteric to be easily embraced.  I got to interview one leader however...

PonderThis: Tiger is Returning to Golf

Almost all leadership models place importance on clear values.  But there is nothing like a controversy to show us how varied our values can be. Since Tiger announced his return to competitive golf at the Masters, I have heard the following responses: The guy is...

Bandwidth to Support Everyone in China on a Video Chat: But What Will They...

Content and process are one of the polarities that leaders must balance every day.  And yet, process seems to trump content on a regular basis.  Recent announcements in the technology world have introduced mind-boggling capacities for moving information.  Google is literally entertaining bids from...

The Power of Culture to Create and Destroy

Anyone who thinks of organizational culture or leadership as soft should have a look at this article on Forbes.com. David Hannah’s description of how Saturn created a world class culture and customer base by reinventing the car company, only to have it smothered by the...

Undercover Boss and Henry V

If you're new here, or a refugee from the Entelechy Partners blog, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. If you prefer email- put your email in to the right and Feeblitz will deliver for you. And, although no one will...

PonderThis: Accountability for Accountability

A change leader can delegate parts of an initiative, but ultimately accountability for accountability remains with the leader. Gartner Group, the tech analysis organization famous for their predictions, is out with their prognostication about the use of Social Networking in business.  (See the whole article...

Scylla and Charybdis – Protecting the Brand

One of the most challenging issues leaders must face is the balancing of short-term return vs. long-term value.  In ideal circumstances, a leader will strive to balance polarized needs.  The split between short term and long term is difficult territory to navigate.   Deciding...

Leading Change: It’s About Friction, Force and Risk

I recently spent a half-day with students at the William J. Clinton School of Public Service.  They are a remarkable group of students working on a Masters degree in Public Service.  We spent our time focusing on a framework for personal leadership as well...

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