Triple Crown Leadership

Triple Crown Leadership

Monthly Archives: June 2012

Choose Your Friends and Colleagues Wisely

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Rajat Gupta’s storybook life has taken a dark turn. An orphan from Kolkata, India, Gupta moved to the U.S. to attend Harvard Business School on a scholarship. He ascended to the top (Managing Director) of McKinsey, one of the world’s most prestigious consulting companies, and advised the world’s elite. After retiring, he joined the boards of Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble, and American Airlines’ parent company. Soon he may be in prison. A jury found him guilty of conspiracy and securities fraud for leaking insider information—boardroom secrets—to his new friend and colleague, Raj Rajaratnam, a billionaire hedge fund manager (now serving an 11-year sentence for insider training at Galleon). What happened? Just Evil and Greed? Simply a case of a bad man getting what he deserved? Not likely. Gupta maintained   …Continue Reading


The Triple Crown Deserves Better

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34 years. That’s how long it’s been since a Triple Crown. It was way back in 1978 when Affirmed won the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horseracing with 18-year-old jockey Steve Cauthen aboard. This year, Cauthen wasn’t invited until the last minute to Belmont Park to see if I’ll Have Another could dethrone him with 25-year-old jockey Mario Gutierrez riding. Cauthen politely declined and played golf instead. Probably smart, since I’ll Have Another was wisely scratched with tendinitis before the race, disappointing millions of fans worldwide, and Union Rags, rested for the last five weeks, went on to narrowly win at Belmont in a photo finish. Controversy has swirled around the stable of I’ll Have Another, owned by businessman J. Paul Reddam. A former philosophy professor, Reddam said he left academia   …Continue Reading


How Great Leaders Maintain Exceptional Focus

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One of the cruel ironies of our time is that with such incredible access to information, many leaders are drowning in data and bogging down in complexity. They drink through a fire hose of reports, analytics, blogs, and tweets. Mobile devices blessedly update and painfully distract. At some point, the choices become debilitating, especially with the clamor for near-instant responses to just about everything. For leaders, it is one of the mega-challenges of our time. This challenge is also a great opportunity. For those up to the task, it can be a powerful source of competitive advantage, one that comes from focus—exceptional, sustained focus in the face of swirling distractions. How can leaders maintain exceptional focus? * Smart Choices. First, leaders must choose wisely what to focus on. They must   …Continue Reading