Leadership, Management Communcation

Learning, Leadership, and Lean Thinking

Last week, my colleague, Elliott Weiss, took me to a plant operated by Danaher Corporation, where a small group of our students had joined kaizen (continuous improvement) teams among the front-line managers at the plant. What I saw was inspiring about Danaher, Darden, and the future of manufacturing. These…

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Ethics, Management Education

Creating a Community of Integrity

“We can afford to lose money. We can afford to lose a lot of money. But we cannot afford to lose one shred of our reputation. Make sure everything you do can be reported on the front page of your local newspaper written by an unfriendly, but intelligent reporter.&rdquo…

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Economic Crisis

Sustainabilty — the Theme of the Decade

“The biggest change over the past decade has been the growing realization of sustainability and its impact on world growth into the future.”This morning, the Wall Street Journal carried this quotation of me in the inaugural segment of a series of articles on the decade just passed…

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Leadership

A Great and Sublime Fool

“Ah, well, I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God’s fool, and all His work must be contemplated with respect.” – Mark TwainIn my posting this morning to the “On Leadership” blog at washingtonpost.com, I reflected on this famous quotation…

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Uncategorized

Generosity and Veterans Day

Who is the happy Warrior? …It is the generous Spirit… [William Wordsworth]Much was said about America’s veterans yesterday. It was Veterans Day in the United States, a holiday originally established to remember the Armistice ending World War I and “a day to be dedicated to the cause…

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Economic Crisis, Innovation

Stimulus and Innovation

Yesterday’s newspapers brought a study in contrasts. The Wall Street Journal conveyed assessments that the government’s stimulus funding to date has had little effect. New York Times opined that the U.S. economy needs an expansion of stimulus funding—the Times echoes sentiments that some economists’ blogs…

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Leadership

Where the Wild Things Are

“You are the first king we haven’t eaten” –Where the Wild Things Are I’m not a big fan of fantasy novels and movies—weird beings and lands don’t generally relate to my view of the world. But fantasies have proven to be of enormous…

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