Clarity of Purpose

January 1, 2013 by TCOadmin

“In the long run, clarity about purpose will trump knowledge of activity-based costing, balanced scorecards, core competence, disruptive innovation, the four P’s, the five forces, and other key business theories we teach at Harvard. If you take the time to figure out your purpose in life, I promise that you will look back on it as the most important thing you will have ever learned.” Clayton Christensen

In “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”, as in all great stories, we find …

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Wise Counsel – November 14, 2012

December 8, 2012 by TCOadmin

“Dunder Mifflin Incorporated provides its customers quality office and information technology products, furniture, printing values and the expertise required for making informed buying decisions. We provide out products and services with a dedication to the highest degree of integrity and quality of customer satisfaction, developing long-term professional relationships withemployees that develop pride, creating a stable working environment and company spirit.” (Mission Statement for the fictional company featured in television’s “The Office”)

As intentional leaders, we have gotten really good at …

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Wise Counsel – November 19, 2012

December 8, 2012 by TCOadmin

“Great moments are born from great opportunity.
And that’s what you have here tonight, boys.
That’s what you’ve earned here, tonight.”
Herb Brooks

Coach Brooks pulls together a team of college kids…overlooking some of the best for sake of those most willing to submit to a system and ateam. With a cold war threatening and the world watching, they pull off the impossible. Facing insurmountable odds and skating against a team that had beaten them soundly with double digit goals …

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Wise Counsel – November 26, 2012

December 8, 2012 by TCOadmin

“There are damages and wounds
I’ll never show
I dress them well before you come around
And wrap them until you go
I am damaged and I don’t want you to know

There are many pictures hung on my wall
I have let you think you have seen then all
But I take some down before you come around
It’s propaganda yeah I know
I am damaged and I don’t want you to go”

These are the first two stanzas …

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Wise Counsel – December 10, 2012

December 8, 2012 by TCOadmin

“The world of business is coming full circle. The rise of the Internet and the empowerment of the common consumerhave created a fundamental shift in how businesses are expected to behave. To take advantage of this opportunity, businesses will need to look backwards and scale the caring their grandparents’ businesses exhibited towards their customers or watch their competition pass them by.” Gary Vaynerchuk (author of “The Thank You Economy”

It will come as no surprise to any of you that …

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Wise Counsel – December 17, 2012

December 8, 2012 by TCOadmin

“Leadership is stewardship. It is temporary, and your accountable.” Andy Stanley

Meeting with the key leaders of an impactful not-for-profit two weeks ago, I found myself quoting the above I’ve referenced many times. It is so succinct, clear, and right on point. It is so easy to feel trapped by our circumstance or environment…to feel like the solution must come from elsewhere because that is where we determine the blame lies. Stanley takes that mindset head on.

Leadership has been …

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