November 18, 2017


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In the Spotlight Library

Profiles in Leadership and Communication

Stanley McChrystal:
Blurring the Lines between Leadership and Followership
– February 2014
Challenging the notion that leaders and leadership are always the most valuable part of the equation, and that followers and followership are always less valuable.

The US Federal Government (Again):
The Very Definition of a Modern Major Mess
– October 2013
In a world where everyone is obsessed with their own airtime, listening skills tend to get minimized. And if no one listens, communication, team building and progress all break down.

The U.S. Government: The Very Definition of a Modern Major Mess – April 2013
For a shining example of some of the 21st century challenges we face in leading great teams, we need look no further than Washington D.C..

Fingerprints of the US Olympic Sailing Team – July 2012
Every group, team or organization needs to be thinking about what they will leave behind after their work is done. Our fingerprints are the lasting impressions that everyone will remember about us, long after we are gone.

The US Olympic Sailing Team and the Hard Look in the Mirror – March 2012
Taking that hard look in the mirror is not easy to do, because the answers you get when you are honest with yourself will not always be fun or flattering.

Holiday Thanks from The Latimer Group – December 2011
A time to look back and reflect on the concluding year and offer thanks for our successes and joys.

The Man Who Got the Job Done (Barely) – October 2011
The survivalist archetype.

Phil Jackson – June 2011
The master of ego management.

The Nightmare Teammate – March 2011
Managing personality types.

A World-Class Team Experience – December 2010
Team building is an art form, not a science.

The Best Team I Have Ever Been On – September 2010
Stepping into a leadership position.

A Conversation with Henry Kissinger – June 2010
Dealing with a loss of dominance.

The Worst Team I Have Ever Been On – March 2010
One team stands out.

Patriotic Grace by Peggy Noonan – November 2009
A book that made me think.

Walter Leland Cronkite: 1916-2009 – August 2009
The passing of the man, and the end of an era.

Lessons from Olympic Sailing: The Importance of Adjusting Your Style – April 2009
The leader who applies a ‘one-size-fits-all’ management style does so at his or her own peril.

The Two Howard Deans – February 2009
If you want to communicate well and be able to lead and persuade, listen, acknowledge other perspectives, and then make your case in a thoughtful, articulate and respectful way.

The Competitive Advantage of Great Communication – December 2008
He mastered the art of the campaign, but can he master the art of governance?

The Walk of a Lifetime – October 2008
The Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games.

Presidential Politics and the Absence of Authenticity – July 2008
Our electoral process and over-exposed culture kill any hopes of straight-talking debates between authentic candidates.

On the Olympic Games, and the Intersection of Politics and Sports – May 2008
History has shown that boycotts have had meaningful impact on one and only one group: the athletes who are not allowed to participate.

McCain, Obama and the Value of Authenticity – March 2008
If you want to earn the respect of the people around you, tell it like it is, be entirely authentic.

The Success of the New England Patriots – January 2008
Leaders set the tone and the example that their teams, organizations and businesses will follow.

The Challenge and Importance of Global Communication – September 2007
In the current global economy, effective communication skills are an advantage that can help bridge cultural divides.

The Eloquence of Tony Blair – July 2007
Successful leadership requires the ability to build trust with the spoken word.

Patagonia’s Yvon Chouinard – May 2007
His success stems from a visionary business strategy and strong convictions.

The Imperial Management Style of Home Depot’s Bob Nardelli – March 2007
Where does an organizational leader’s real power and influence come from?

George David: A Sailor’s Approach to Business Leadership – January 2007
The characteristics of every organization reflect the characteristics of the people at the top.

President Bush, Articulate Expression, Perception of Intelligence – November 2006
The importance of verbal expression, and the way it affects public perception, is crucial for success.

The GAP Method, Part 1 – Identify Your Goals – September 2006
The third excerpt from Move the World: Persuade Your Audience, Change Minds and Achieve Your Goals.

How We Communicate Today… and Why We Are So Bad at It! – July 2006
The second excerpt from Move the World: Persuade Your Audience, Change Minds and Achieve Your Goals.

An Invitation to Change Your Life – May 2006
The first excerpt from Move the World: Persuade Your Audience, Change Minds and Achieve Your Goals.

Lessons from Torino – March 2006
The formula for success – leadership, motivation and persuasion.

Martha Stewart’s Look in the Mirror – January 2006
How sound media strategy can lead to corporate success.

Hurricane Katrina: No Leaders, No Followers, Just Incompetence – October 2005
A power struggle set within a leadership vacuum.

John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins – August 2005
Every successful team absolutely requires someone to set the standard, and lead the way.

Dan Rather and Damage Control – May 2005
Recognizing others’ perceptions is the most important aspect of effective communication.

Carly Fiorina’s HP: Flash, Style and Little Execution – March 2005
Flash and style is fine, as long as you have the substance taken care of first.

The United States Olympic Sailing Program – January 2005
Changing minds and shaping opinion.

Examining the Kerry Campaign – October 2004
Knowing your audience and speaking decisively.

Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1911-2004 – July 2004
Communication skills, confidence and clarity.

Warren Buffett: Fresh Air from Omaha, Nebraska – May 2004
Honest and clear business communication.

The Rise and Fall of Howard Dean – March 2004
Dissecting a campaign’s demise.

Mr. Torre and The Evil Empire – January 2004
Management – a case study in contrasting leadership styles.

Ms. Brenner’s History Class – Fall 2003
The importance of articulate expression.

Kmart Stores – Summer 2003
Without truth and execution behind the message, effort is wasted.

President Bush – Spring 2003
The importance and difficulty of articulate expression.

Candidate Gore – Winter 2003
Speaking plainly and honestly is an essential to successful leadership and management.