Showdown in Nepal…

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 by Dave Blum Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you couldn’t move forward and you couldn’t go back?  Well try standing on a rickety suspension bridge, 200 feet above an ice-cold river, with a herd of Nepalese oxen bearing down on you! The year is 1987 and I’m…

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Decoding the Puzzles of Humans

Friday, March 13, 2009 by Dave Blum In yesterday’s blog, I wrote about “decoding” situations.  Now what does that mean? According to Dictionary.com, “to decode” is: 1. to translate (data or a message) from a code into the original language or form. 2. to extract meaning from (spoken or written…

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Team-building in Cross-Cultural Settings

Thursday, March 12, 2009 by Dave Blum Jack walks into his weekly team meeting with a spring in his step.  Over the last few days, he’s been developing a plan that he’s sure will save the group thousands of dollars in time and budget.  He can’t wait to share it all…

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Surviving “Ed”

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 by Dave Blum It’s hard enough trying to cope with the economic situation when we don’t even know what to call it. A “recession”? — doesn’t sound strong enough A “depression”? — sounds, well, depressing An “Economic Downturn”? — that’s probably the most accurate, although it doesn’t…

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Leadership Skills: The Personality Makeover

Monday, March 9, 2009 by Dave Blum There’s a great article in the latest issue of Inc. Magazine about the “personality makeover” of the CEO of Ruckus Wireless, a Sunnyvale, CA Wi-Fi start up.  By all accounts, Selina Lo is a hard-charging, successful executive leader; at last count, her company…

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Building Teams & Allignment: with Open Space

Friday, March 6, 2009 by Dave Blum Have you ever been to a conference where there are intentionally no plans, no programs, no designated speakers, and the agenda is made up from scratch that morning?  Well, that’s exactly the crazy/fascinating meeting I attended here in San Francisco this past Tuesday,…

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Watch Your Step, part 2

Thursday, March 5, 2009 by Dave Blum So there I am on a Balinese beach, sitting in the sand, my feet full of sea urchin spines.   (How’s that for a lead sentence!) Sprinting off towards the nearest hotel, my girlfriend, Yumiko, can be seen from a distance, negotiating animatedly with the local…

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