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Lee Crumbaugh
Senior executive, management consultant, trusted advisor. Strategic planning, marketing, business development expert. Masters athlete with a great spouse and married kids.
Interests: family, travel, gardening, wine, running, triathlon, marathon, cooking, reading, writing, biking, swimming, good food, ironman, italy especially florence
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Usually, the swim is my weakest event in a triathlon. Not that I haven't worked to get faster. I have been swim training since 1991, was coached in the pool over a decade, have been swimming masters workouts since 2000... Continue reading
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We are speeding toward the next phase of the grand annual cycle that governs the lives of runners and triathletes: spring racing. While our current focus needs to be on getting in the training that we need to be successful,... Continue reading
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Some days your schedule gets in the way of the planned run. Some days the weather is uncooperative. Some days your body is aching. Some days you are not feeling tip-top. Some days you don't feel like running. Some days... Continue reading
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"To achieve in sports you first have to have a dream, and then you must act on that dream. The best athletes are those who truly enjoy what they are doing and display a tremendous amount of work ethic. They... Continue reading
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On a visit to the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., I spied a not-very-obvious display case along a corridor off the main hall. In it were a few amazing items, at least amazing for this techno... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Strategic Thinking & Strategic Action
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Photo by Kelly Kelly Years ago my buddy Rich and I ran a 5 mile January race in Wisconsin aptly named the "S-NO-W Fun Run." We drove 100 miles on snowy roads for the early afternoon start near the shoreline... Continue reading
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On the spectrum of runners, where are you? If you are not just a jogger, it's likely that you want to take your running to the next level in 2017. Never fear, improvement is easy if you focus on the... Continue reading
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I am not a "resolutionist"! You know what a "resolutionist" looks like: It's the person who shows up for a few weeks in January for the group run or at spin class or in the pool, resolved to finally make... Continue reading
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Smart workouts for "serious fun": The training plans in Rob Sleamaker and Ray Browning's excellent book, "Serious Training for Endurance Athletes," which I found to be invaluable when I wrote my first Ironman schedules, and a Jim Spivey Running Club... Continue reading
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Bad strategic decisions can result from insufficient or misused evidence. We are programmed to immediately "fit" the information we have at hand to our experience – magnified by what is most current and what seems "like" or relevant to the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at Strategic Thinking & Strategic Action
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In 1879, the Congrès International d'Etudes du Canal Interocéanique (International Congress for Study of an Interoceanic Canal) was convened in Paris under the auspices of the Société de Géographie de Paris to consider proposals to build a canal across Central... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Strategic Thinking & Strategic Action
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The adage that "two heads are better than one" is on the right track. In fact, research shows that consensus decisions reached by five or more people are most often qualitatively superior to individual, majority and leader decisions. Consensus decision... Continue reading
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Leaders and organizations make a mistake when they don't use the group to make strategic decisions. Research shows groups usually make better decisions. Here’s why: Adds context. A group can offer a richer context to draw from: More experience, insights... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Strategic Thinking & Strategic Action
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A big reason organizations make poor strategic decisions is the leader, Too often leaders engage in autocratic, leader-centered decision making rather than harnessing the power of the group. In the soon-to-be-issued report for the 2016 Strategic Leaders Study, conducted as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Strategic Thinking & Strategic Action
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For once, I ran a smart 10K. This morning I had the joy of running the Chesapeake Bay Bridge 10K with 20,000+ other participants. I had a really cool warm-up run on a trail along the water and into the... Continue reading
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It's the one distance I don't know how to race. Never have figured it out. As suggested by legendary running coach Jack Daniels, it's the "cruelest distance." Tomorrow morning I will run the Across the Bay 10K, across Chesapeake Bay... Continue reading
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Put down the beer and bag of potato chips. We need to talk. You have diligently trained, smartly peaked, made it to the starting line and raced the race you have been envisioning for months. PR or disappointing result, your... Continue reading
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In 7th grade, Billy ran the mile in 6:52. He was one of our group who had hung together since grade school. The rest of us were amazed at his time, thinking it "otherwordly." In one of the tests put... Continue reading
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I am running the Baltimore Marathon in the morning. My Annapolis running buddies have been warning me that the course is hilly. Coming from flat-land Illinois and running the bulk of my marathons on flat courses, I respect their warning.... Continue reading
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Which would you rather do? Try something risky with a potentially huge payoff, but which might result in a spectacular failure, or pass on acting now and wait for a less risky opportunity without the prospect of such a huge... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Strategic Thinking & Strategic Action
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When injury strikes - or when you think it may strike - your mind plays tricks on you. Especially when an athlete is tapering (getting close to and ready for a big race), any twinge or ache can be magnified... Continue reading
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You've seen the kind of menu I encountered at the breakfast cafe yesterday morning: Pages of glowing praise about this dish and that dish. Seven kinds of omelettes, six different skillets, plus sizzlers and eggs Benedict, as well as various... Continue reading
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Not us. We couldn't do that. Way too big, way too complicated. Outside our scope / interest / abilities / desire. Are you kidding me? The strategic vision is where it all starts. For people and organizations, if you can't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Strategic Thinking & Strategic Action
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Approach-avoidance syndrome is an often unrecognized curse, especially for competitive, goal-oriented runners and triathletes. We want to set and reach a goal (for example, marathon or Ironman finish, or any distance, really), but its immensity and unknown characteristics scare us... Continue reading
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A joy for any runner or triathlete is to experience a breakthrough. My latest breakthrough is feeling fresh, even bouncy, after an 18.5 mile run last Saturday and an 8 mile run with the Naval Academy Bridge and intervals last... Continue reading