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Here are a few of my latest tweets. I shared the nautically themed tweets" while sailing Lake Superior:

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi's "5 Cs for leadership" -


- 4 of the 5 match my 5 Cs in: 


In today's workplace, leaders need to cultivate their "feminine side" - all part of being a whole leader.    


What's your "coolness quotient?" The trick: being "cool" and authentic.  


Hurrah for Best Buy's sustainability efforts - another reason to take pride in this Minnesota based company:    


Pretty good advice: Maintaining Your Mojo  


"Not all who wander are lost." (J. R. R. Tolkien) Is it time for some purposeful wandering? 


No one would have crossed the ocean if able to get off the ship in a storm. (Charles F. Kettering) 


Better to guide our ship by the stars than by the lights of every passing ship. (General Omar Bradley) 


Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. (Syrus Pubilius) Many  quotations for leaders at  


"If a man does not know what port he is steering for, no wind is favorable to him." (Seneca) Do you know what port you are steering for?  


It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures a prosperous voyage. (George William Curtis)  


We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. (Bertha Calloway) Hundreds more quotes for leaders at  


"Never go into strange places on a falling tide without a pilot." (Thomas Gibson Bowles) More quotes at  


We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. (Oliver Wendell Holmes) 


The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, and the realist adjusts the sails. (William Arthur Ward)  


He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea. -Thomas Fuller More quotes for leaders at  


Raise your sail one foot, and you get ten feet of wind. (Chinese Proverb)   



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If you missed it, below is my latest blog, It's The Journey, Not Just The Destination.  Since some may not have seen July's article, Lessons From News of the World, its introduction is reproduced here; you can read the entire article by clicking the link at the end.  Be sure to enter the "Who said this?" contest at the bottom here to win an autographed copy of Navigating Integrity - Transforming Business As Usual Into Business at its Best.
It's The Journey, Not Just The Destination
August 10 blog

I just returned from ten days sailing Lake Superior.  After crossing from Bayfield to Grand Marais, our plan was to take three or four days circumnavigating Isle Royale, one of my favorite destinations.  Five miles outside of Grand Marais' harbor LOON's water pump broke, and with absolutely no wind we were dead in the water.  The bad news was breaking down, waiting three days in Grand Marais for a part from Massachusetts and having to change our plans. The good news was that it didn't happen in a storm, in the middle of Lake Superior or on a rocky lee shore of Isle Royale.  Also, since we were basically bobbing like a cork just outside Grand Marais' harbor, likely presenting a navigational hazard, North Superior's Coast Guard kindly towed us into port.  (Not to mention that if you're stranded anyplace, Grand Marais is a pretty good deal!)Coast Guard 1   


Whenever sailing LOON, especially on longer cruises, I almost always learn something new about seamanship, and usually lessons that translate to leadership and life.  Lesson #1 on this cruise was "count your blessings, and make the most of the hand you're dealt."  Not only were we spared the danger of breaking down in a far worse place; we learned about water pumps, got to explore Grand Marais as never before, rested up and discovered a master marine mechanic (Randy at A&E Marine in Grand Marais.)  As we've heard, "wherever you go (or don't go,) there you are!"  I was reminded that there are simply some things that we cannot control or plan for; we just have to deal with them and adapt.


I was also reminded of a lesson that I learned early, and that is reinforced on every sail: "Get the right people in the boat, and the wrong ones off it."  Mike, Angelika, her daughter Lisa and friend Mike and Angelika 1 Zoya were no doubt unhappy about our breakdown and change in plans, but you'd never know. They didn't overreact, helped where they could and took full advantage of all that Grand Marais had to offer.  They never complained about being stranded in the harbor as our power drained, kept the captain and crew fed, and helped make it an enjoyable experience nevertheless.


After repairs, we had just enough time for an overnight sail to Isle Royale and a day of exploring Windigo's trails.  All sails out, cruising at a comfortable clip under a starry sky and passing the Rock of Ages light at dawn, we couldn't have asked for anything more.  As it turned out, we arrived on perhaps the season's best day; a ranger told us that the prior two days were cold and rainy.

Superior sunrise 1 Our 18-hour return crossing was uneventful except for an amazing sunset, shooting stars and a spectacular sunrise over Lake Superior.


My biggest takeaway from this cruise was realizing that a journey can be successful even if we do not reach our intended destination.  The lessons and experiences may be different ones than we planned, but if we are open to them may yield more in the end.  The day after we returned, 61 year-old Diana Nyad began her quest to swim the 103 miles from Cuba to Miami.  Injured and sick from exhaustion, she ended her attempt about half way.  She did not reach her intended destination, but I would not call her attempt a failure.  To even set that goal, condition herself for achieving it and accomplish what she did at 61 is inspirational.  Think about 3M's "failed" attempts at making glue stick that led to Post-It Notes, or when Christopher Columbus failed to find a northwest passage to China in 1492 and what he found instead.


Does it look like you might not reach your intended destination? What unexpected opportunities might you take advantage of?  How can you capitalize on the situation?


What lessons can you take away from any "failures" or unsuccessful efforts to reach a destination?


It is good to have an end to journey for, but it is the journey that matters in the end.

Ursula K. Le Guin


The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, and the realist adjusts the sails.

William Arthur Ward


Contact me, and I will be happy to send you my collection of "SeaChange" lessons for life and leadership gathered from over 2,000 miles of sailing adventures.


Fair winds! 


Lessons From News of the World
July 8 blog

Rupert Murdoch pulled the plug on NEWS OF THE WORLD, Britain's nearly 170-year-old tabloid journal, in the wake of its unethical and illegal phone hacking practices.  As I heard that, I couldn't help thinking of the analogy about "closing barn doors after the horses escaped."  Shocked and appalled as the Murdochs claim to be, it is hard to imagine that apparently years of such unethical practices went unnoticed and not corrected.  But isn't there a ring of familiarity here?  Think back to the shock expressed, and efforts to distance themselves from accountability, by those involved in Wall Street's meltdown, the BP spill, Japan's nuclear disaster and church sex scandals.  These are all instances where more attention to foundational principles, trueness to those principles and the discipline to craft "integrious" cultures would have avoided disastrous consequences.


The kind of integrity that insulates organizations from disasters like those wrought by NEWS OF THE WORLD, BP and Fukushimi Daiichi cannot be bolted on, managed as a PR initiative or separated from foundational business DNA strategy.   It must be built in to an organization's DNA and reinforced daily.  I would wager that had these four practices been followed by NEWS OF THE WORLD it could have prospered another century and more:

  • Articulate a meaningful mission and core values.  More than likely NEWS OF THE WORLD had something in writing stating its mission and values, as did BP, Fukushima and failed Wall Street banks.  Also more then likely, however, those organizations did not communicate their mission and core values in as many ways and as many times as they could.  For mission statements and core values to be memorable, they need to be articulated in the hiring process, in


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