The Downstream Effects of our Work

I heard this story some years ago that has stuck in my mind.  It was about a village that depended on a mountain stream for their water.  For years, at the top of that stream, there was an old man who made it his work to keep the stream clear of debris, twigs and logs that could cause it to become polluted or stagnant.  No one really  »  

Leaders — stewards or owners?

Throughout my career, I’ve been involved in lots of discussions about compensation for business leaders. Perhaps the most common thesis for motivating executives is “make them feel like owners.” That typically leads to a discussion of bonuses and stock awards — that are paid when goals are met. No doubt, owning shares in the  »  

How Will You Be Remembered?

At a business lunch last week, my colleague said, “You can’t ask someone if they have integrity.” Isn’t that the truth? You cannot evaluate a person’s integrity by asking them about it.  In fact, in my experience, asking them almost guarantees an inaccurate answer. The word integrity means “a firm adherence to a moral code  »  

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