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By Tom Davidson

It’s only the latest example of a senior leader publicly throwing his subordinates under the bus, but it’s a big one, with a lesson for everyday leaders as well. To “throw someone under the bus” is a contemporary version of the expression, to “throw someone to the wolves.” In both cases, the one doing the […]

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By Tom Davidson

My first lesson in maximizing capacity was when I was 11 years old, delivering newspapers, but the principle applies to every leader, team, and organization. The principle is this: C = f (H ,T, M), in other words, capacity (C) is a function of horsepower (H), time (T), and motivation (M).  While it might seem […]

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By Tom Davidson

In addition to being responsible for your own work group, new managers are likely to be on four to five additional committees, task forces or teams at any one time. Over the course of a year, you’ll be starting up, tuning up or turning around teams on a continuous basis.  In addition, you’ll attend 62 […]

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By Tom Davidson

An executive recently told me that his leadership team needed to do some strategic planning, get on the same page about their mission and vision, and invest some time in sorting out their direction, getting on the same page, and identifying their focus areas for the next few years.  Naturally, a number of his team […]

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By Tom Davidson

Here’s my seventh and last installment on An Introvert’s Guide to Groups, this one about the use of dialogue.  One of the reasons that introverts fail to speak up soon enough or often enough is that they are – in their own words – “still thinking it through.” The only problem with this is that […]

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