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Challenging Leadership Thinking … To Enable Strategic Improvement

Colorizing Leadership

August 29, 2016

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


Brazilian artist Marina Amaral colorizes vintage black-and-white photos with painstaking care and precision. Once an uncommon endeavor pursued by only a few people, the earliest-known photo colorists worked in the 1830s. They painted daguerreotypes by hand. Today, colorizing photos is facilitated by digital tools available to the masses. While still not an everyday activity, it also isn’t uncommon. Computers have gotten pretty smart at doing the work on their own, too. It will be a long time before computers can match the results achieved by Amaral.

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Growing Leaders

August 26, 2016

Dr. Robert Gerwig

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Is there someone who has made a major impact in your life? A grandfather? Or an aunt? Perhaps a Sunday School teacher or a baseball coach? It might have been a neighbor or your parents or an older brother. But most of us have at least one person who was kinda “bigger than life” and made a major impact on us. Call them what you will, a coach, a mentor, a teacher, an advisor, or a counselor. But, without a doubt, you were impacted by these folks in a positive, deep, and meaningful way.

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Let’s End the Keep/Stop/Start Reviews

August 22, 2016

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


One of the most difficult things to do at work is the 360 performance review. Effective leaders welcome and appreciate the feedback, and they use the information to grow as a leader. Nevertheless, there are rather significant roadblocks to making them truly effective. One of the most common techniques in 360 reviews is the three questions “What do you want me to keep doing, … stop doing, … start doing?” I’ve been on the giving and receiving end of these on numerous occasions and I’ve observed these conversations in many cases. Honestly, I’m never quite satisfied with the effectiveness of the technique.

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Leaders Are Cheerleaders

August 19, 2016

Dr. Robert Gerwig

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Are you a fan of something or someone? Maybe you’re a fan of the Rolling Stones or Adele? Or perhaps you’re a fan of J.K. Rowling or Tom Clancy. Or maybe you’re a fan of Hamilton or Phantom of the Opera. Is it possible you’re a Golden State Warrior or New York Yankee fan? Me? I’m a Clemson Tiger and Manchester United fan. I also pull for the Tennessee Volunteers and the Auburn Tigers. But in truth, I probably follow Clemson’s football team and Manchester United’s football club more closely than any other team or individual entertainer.

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The Diminishing Returns of Effort

August 15, 2016

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


I’ve been thinking about the principle of diminishing returns on effort in project work. I’ve noted that my expertise, or that of the team I’m working on, accounted for roughly 80% of the initial project content. That is, when we started the project, what we knew about the subject at the starting line got us 80% of the way to the finish line.

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