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How to calm the “yips”

The recent win by golfer Charlie Beljan in a PGA to tour event which qualified him for the full tour received extra notice because Beljan spent a night in the hospital between rounds to deal with the extreme anxiety he was experiencing on the course.
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James Burke, Johnson & Johnson


I’m not sure if it’s ironic or coincidental that James Burke, former Chairman of Johnson & Johnson, passed away on the 30thanniversary of the Tylenol poisonings.
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Getting to Yes

News of the death of Roger Fisher, one of the authors of Getting to Yes, reminds us to thank him and his co-authors William Ury and Bruce Patton for one of the best business/life books I’ve ever read.   Its message and approach to negotiations is quite simple and direct.  First the authors talk about “principled negotiations.”  Second, the approach is based on four propositions:
  • Separate the people from the problem
  • Focus on interests, not positions
  • Invent options for mutual gain
  • Insist on using objective criteria
I keep trying to find better books on the subject, but always return to this text.  We would be better off if more people in the public and private sectors subscribed to its principles. 
If you haven’t read Getting to Yes, put it on the must read list.  If you have read the book, you know it’s one of the good friends in the library.
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How To Ideas from Business Week

One of the more fun magazine reads is the current “How to” issue of Business Week .  There are plenty of short take ideas on how to admit a mistake by an NFL referee, how to talk to a Republican (by a Democrat) or how to talk to a Democrat (by a Republican). Read more

Are women better leaders? HBR says yes.

There’s a new study in the Harvard Business Review of 16 characteristics of leadership  in which female leaders outpace their male counterparts.

Based on experience with hundreds of companies and organizations the categories that don’t surprise me are building relationships and developing others. Read more