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Challenging Leadership Thinking … To Enable Strategic Improvement

Invisible (but critical) Ingredients

September 17, 2014

Dr. Robert Gerwig

Gerwig 2014-09-17

Are you a cook? A baker? A chef? Or, like me, simply a lover of great food? Some of you may eat anything placed before you. And perhaps, it tastes the same to you, more or less. Nothing wrong with that. But the rest of you enjoy the nuances of a finely prepared dish. Whether it’s Indian, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, French, Mediterranean, Brazilian, “American,” or something else, you enjoy and appreciate a fine meal, savoring each bite.

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7 Qualities of the Best Leaders

September 12, 2014

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


For several months, I’ve had a Post-It note on my desk. At first, all it said was, “The Best Leaders …” I let it sit there for several days, letting my observational and thinking radar tune to that frequency. Then, as I began to observe the best leaders in action, I wrote down what I learned. The first few items appeared on the list rather quickly. They are qualities common to the best leaders. However, the final three items are rare indeed. Only the very best leaders display those qualities. Here is my list of the seven qualities of the best leaders:

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September 10, 2014

Dr. Robert Gerwig

Gerwig 2014-09-10

Have you ever turned a 2-liter plastic bottle upside down? If so, you know what happens. The 2 liters comes pouring out, but the speed at which it does so is limited by the size of the bottle’s neck. The larger the opening of the bottle, the faster the liquid comes out. The smaller the opening of the bottle, the slower the liquid comes out. This phenomenon is known as a bottleneck. And whether or not you realize it, you’ve personally experienced the consequences of a bottleneck many times.

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Book 13: Be Real

September 5, 2014

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


I’m returning from a short hiatus in the #EmptyShelf Challenge. I’m back to review an excellent book (my 13th this year) about being real and living authentically.

Title: Be Real: Because Fake Is Exhausting
Author: Rick Bezet
Publisher: Baker Books (2014)

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Face It

September 3, 2014

Dr. Robert Gerwig

Gerwig 2014-09-03

Positive or negative? Half full or half empty? Good or bad? Peace or conflict? Many of you are optimists and look for the positive things in life. You see the glass as half full and avoid conflict when possible. The rest of you tend to see the negative in your surroundings. For you, the glass in half empty. You don’t see yourself as a pessimist, heaven forbid. You see yourself as a realistic. Know what I mean?

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