Harambe the Gorilla & Other Situations that Require Perfection

MANILA, Philippines – One story that has featured prominently in recent weeks is the case of my hometown zoo in Cincinnati and the shooting of a rare silverback gorilla named Harambe in order to save the life of a three-year-old child, who somehow wandered into the gorilla enclosure. Public opinion is coming down on one side or the other. Some people are on the side of Harambe, and blame the parents for lack of proper supervision of their child. They are signing online petitions for “justice for Harambe” and mourning the death of this majestic creature.

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Beware of the ‘Consultant’

dear friend of mine who owns and runs a large family business in consumer goods hired a so-called “expert consultant” a few years ago to help HR redesign the company structure for future growth. The consultant they found spouted lots of stories about projects he had worked on, and really sold himself as an international guru on organizational design.

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The Greatest Story Ever

Leaders in the business world sure do love a good sports story. Those heroic tales of courage, resiliency, leadership, and will to win. We love them because we can use them to inspire and motivate business teams. Sports and business after all are both battlefields of sorts. One is a battle on the fields and in the gyms; the other is a battle in the marketplace. The learnings are easily transferable.

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Letting Young Filipino Talent Rise to the Occasion

One of my smartest bosses, Laurent Philippe, once said to me, “Always lean forward and promote exceptional young talent.” We were having a discussion in Morocco 25 years ago about a young marketing prodigy in P&G Maroc. The usual “lack of experience” issue was being talked about. Laurent cut through all of it with his principle of “leaning forward” and believing in young talent.

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So, What’s your Excuse?

When I was a US Junior National coach in track and field 34 years ago, at a major competition one of my star runners ran poorly in the heats and failed to qualify for the finals. I met him as he returned to our area in the stands and asked him what happened. I can still remember the exchange like it was yesterday

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