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The Epic Leadership Challenge: Part 3 of 4
The transformational leadership challenge (part THREE in a four part blog series):  Disrupt and transform an old economy print textbook business into a personalized learning, educational technology and services powerhouse! In the second part of this four part blog series, I wrote about “talent” as the essential first step of three (talent—culture—strategy) to reimagine a company.  When a team forms a habit of losing, the culprit is always bad leadership, ...
The Epic Leadership Challenge: Part 2 of 4
THE CHALLENGE Re-invent an old economy print textbook publisher and build it into a high growth personalized learning, educational technology and services powerhouse. In the first part of this four part series, I established the need to build a leadership “lighthouse” when taking on leadership challenges that are complex and fraught with peril.  In the case of re-inventing McGraw-Hill Higher Education, the challenge was epic.
The Epic Leadership Challenge: Part 1 of 4
THE CHALLENGE Re-invent an old economy print textbook publisher and build it into a high growth personalized learning, educational technology and services powerhouse.   CONTEXT Every business and industry in the world is being disrupted or soon will be, including the college textbook industry.   Unfortunately, nearly all leaders across all industries wait until their businesses are on the precipice before they act and by then it is almost always too late.
Leaders Redefine What’s Possible in – 3:59.40
On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister did something that was previously thought to be beyond human capacity.  He ran a mile in less than four minutes (3:59.40). It was the stuff of legend and the biggest sports story in history at the time. Redefining “Possible” Today, as a result of Mr. Bannister’s vision, leadership, and talents, nearly every world-class runner who competes in the classic fifteen hundred meter event has the ...
Leadership & Innovation: A Lesson From A Guilty Pleasure
On Sunday evenings my wife and I can be found catching up on our guilty pleasure—Bravo’s reality TV series “Housewives of NY, NJ, and the OC.” We especially love Bethenny Frankel from the original cast of the Housewives of New York.  She is crazy-driven (in a very good way!).  Bethenny is the kind of person I LOVE to hire and work with.  When Bethenny sinks her teeth into an idea, ...
Leadership and Laughter
When laughter echoes throughout your team or enterprise on a daily basis, you know that you have a winning and healthy team or enterprise culture. It makes no difference how “serious” an enterprise or undertaking is perceived – laughter is a test of a healthy culture. It starts with the leader. Does a leader have to be funny?  No.  However, creating an environment where opportunities for laughter are everywhere is up ...
Leadership Performance
I hired a hitting coach for my eight-year old son, Liam, this week.   The first thing the coach did was to get down on one knee (eye level with Liam) and said “you hit—you play; my job is to teach you how to hit.” You hit—you play.  True in baseball and true in life. There are those who object to this thinking.
A Solution to The Greatest Challenge of Our Time?
The Saddle River School is an exclusive private school a town over from where I live.  It is a beautiful school that provides a wonderful learning environment (lush lawns, classic architecture), along with a seven to one student to teacher ratio.  Seven to one!  Think about how incredibly fortunate those students are to have that level of personalized learning facilitated by master teachers. It is a can’t-miss advantage for life. What ...
Defending Your Life
In 1991 Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep starred in “Defending Your Life,” a comedy written and directed by Brooks. The characters played by Brooks and Streep pass away on the same day.  They then meet for the first time in a place called Judgment City, where everyone has the opportunity to defend their life before a panel of judges The idea is simple.  Those who led courageous and full lives are ...
“Oh” – Ignore it at your own Risk
Two years ago, I had the occasion to have lunch with one of the world’s most celebrated CEO’s and his wife, a substantial executive, author, and marketer in her own right.  During the course of the conversation, she asked me about my strategy for using Twitter. “I plan to open an account next week.”  I said “Oh.”  She politely replied and then elegantly changed the subject. Oh. At the time I was the Senior ...
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