Lisa McLeod

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MCLEOD: Why the GM ‘don’t blame me’ problem really happened

Science defines culture as “the cultivation of bacteria, tissue cells, etc., in an artificial medium containing nutrients.” The same principle applies to business. Culture is the cultivation of the human beliefs swirling and growing in the petri dish labeled: your organization.

MCLEOD: Three keys to getting yourself organized

When you know what’s important to you, it’s a lot easier to organize the good stuff, and part with the useless junk.

MCLEOD: Giving everyone a trophy sets us up for failure at work, life

Giving away meaningless trophies doesn’t inspire anyone to new heights of improved performance. Nor does it build self-esteem.

MCLEOD: The mistake businesses make about noble purpose

Here’s the noble purpose reframe: Provide real value to your customers, whether you make widgets or water pumps, your job is to improve your customer’s condition. When you make money, and you will because organizations with noble purpose outperform the market, give a portion of your profit to charity.

MCLEOD: The work-life balance is a flawed concept

You don’t get a work life and a home life. You get one life. Don’t waste it trying to achieve balance.

MCLEOD: How to get more done and be happier

For many years, I worked for a crazy person. Her name is Lisa, and for a decade she was the worst boss I ever had. I confess; I’m recovering overbooked entrepreneur, the terrible boss was me.

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MCLEOD: Nothing wrong with a little exaggeration

The next time you want to make a point, consider using a story. And if you need some extra exaggeration, to make it more interesting, you can borrow some from my family.

MCLEOD: How to reinvent yourself when life takes a turn

Ideas, even good ones, will fail. Companies will be purchased, and sold. Relationships will change. There are two choices, you can wish for what was. Or you can reinvent yourself to deal with what is.

MCLEOD: We’re asking the wrong questions about cheating

If we continue to reward test scores, we’ll continue to get cheating. But if we decide that we, the American people care passionately about learning, we’ll create a system that inspires our students and teachers to feel the same way.

MCLEOD: How the story about the lady and the baskets made me a better spouse

My friend who is a divorce lawyer says, “Most marriage failures are not the result of infidelity, substance abuse or in-laws. Most marriage failures are the result of selfishness.”

MCLEOD: Why I created the business concept noble purpose

Which circles us back to the leadership question of the day – do you have a noble purpose? Or do you just sell stuff?

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MCLEOD: The myth of 'the one thing'

Success or failure is never one thing; it’s lots of things.

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MCLEOD: Two wastes of time that shouldn't happen

Life is short. Meaningful human interaction is an excellent way to spend our limited time on this earth.

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MCLEOD: Why I taught my daughters how to be ambassadors in the fifth grade

World travel enlarges people. It’s a big wide world, the more you see of it, the more you appreciate it.

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MCLEOD: Why we trust strangers, but not people we know

We humans have cast our lot together. Trusting each other is the only way we’re going to get anything done.