Archives: June 2004

New Slides

"To Hell With Well Behaved" ... Recently a young mother asked for advice. What, she wanted to know, was she to do with a 7-year-old who was obstreperous, outspoken, and inconveniently willful? "Keep her," I replied. ... "The suffragettes refused to be polite in demanding what they wanted or grateful for getting what they deserved. Works for me."
—Anna Quindlen/Newsweek

See this and more here.

There Are No Bad Projects

As the home of WOW!Projects, and loving design the way we do, we urge you all to visit Tolleson Design. Steve Tolleson, the founder of this San Francisco-based creative firm, is also the author of Soak Wash Rinse Spin. This book makes the design of Tom's Re-imagine! look downright staid. However, better than the design is the message—about what guides Tolleson's work for such clients as Nike, AOL, and Mattell's licensing program for Barbie (including the clothing line).

The Squirrel Gets the Cheese

Business storytelling expert Stephen Denning has gone down the rat hole of cheese-chasing leadership parables. Read the Economist's honest review of Squirrel Inc.

Welcome to China

ShenzhenNewbridge Capital is the first non-Chinese firm to gain controlling interest in a Chinese bank, Shenzhen Development Bank. Move over Citigroup, Standard Chartered, and Asian Development Bank.

Geoff Thatcher posted this on June 28, 2004, in News.
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Shooting The Moon(s)

The face of Phoebe, rings of Saturn, and other cool photos are here.

New CEO Earns It

Mike Neiss gave us a heads up last week that Herman Miller will be getting a new CEO July 26. Our congrats to a good friend and client. As Mike says, "Brian Walker got this job the old fashioned way—he earned it." The local paper in Michigan described him as having a "gift for leadership."

Event Slides

Tom speaks at the Better Life National Leadership Summit 2004. You can download the slides here.

Today’s New Slides

Tom says this quote is fantastic:

When I was growing up, my parents used to say to me: "Finish your dinner—people in China are starving." I, by contrast, find myself wanting to say to my daughters: "Finish your homework—people in China and India are starving for your job."
—Thomas Friedman/NYT/06.24.2004

See this and one other new slide here.

Hitting the Nick

squash racketAfter spending a week with
Bryn Meredith and his team in
Canada, Mike Neiss said he was blown away by their passion. For Bryn, it's a passion that was developed while playing professional squash in the United Kingdom. Bryn was a three-time provincial (or state) champion and, as an entrepreneur, helped organize tournaments and market the launch of the twin view four-sided glass squash court (yeah, it's cool). Three knee operations later, Bryn is now in leadership development with us, and he compares the work to "Hitting the Nick." In squash, the "nick" is where the floor joins the wall. As Bryn says, "If you hit the squash ball perfectly into the nick, the ball rolls back on the court and you win the point." The only way to get good at "Hitting the Nick" is with passion, practice, and experience. "No one is perfect," Bryn says. "But if you can hit the nick just one extra time in a game, the match can be yours!"

For anyone looking to be a better leader, does that sound familiar?

Leadership in Peoria

A reporter at WHOI asks and answers these important questions in a story about Kay Royster, a school superintendent in Peoria, Illinois:

Does Royster's role as a strong leader eclipse her need to be an open communicator? Is communication a key part of strong leadership?