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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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“Rank and yank.” That’s the crude term for the forced ranking (also called “stack and rank”) performance management system used until recently by General Electric, Microsoft, Yahoo and many other companies, perhaps by as many as half of companies as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2020 at Strategic Thinking & Strategic Action
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We are urged to learn from history. But what if the history is biased? Here’s a case showing how slanted history can lead to bad decisions. In October 1962, the Administration of U.S. President John F. Kennedy faced its most... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at Strategic Thinking & Strategic Action
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Here’s a story about what can go wrong when we hold beliefs about a group and attribute these beliefs to the members of the group. The Battle of Little Bighorn, also called Custer's Last Stand, took place in Montana Territory... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2019 at Strategic Thinking & Strategic Action
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To lack relevant knowledge without realizing it can have disastrous consequences. Consider, for example, the underestimation of the risk of a nuclear accident when constructing the Fukushima power plant in Japan. By Digital Globe - Earthquake and Tsunami damage-Dai Ichi... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at Strategic Thinking & Strategic Action
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Note: This post on undecidability and yet having to make a leap of faith and decide is part of a chapter, "The madness of not knowing," in my upcoming book, Big Decisions: Why we make decisions that matter so poorly.... Continue reading
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This post is picked up from my other blog, Ironman, Marathon and more: It's a lifestyle. The life of a masters endurance athlete...who has a life. I am posting it here because it speaks to what I see as the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at Strategic Thinking & Strategic Action
Over 57 years of athletics - running, triathlon, biking, swimming, spin classes, abs workouts, speed skating, golf, tennis and even some sailing - wisdom accrues. As a strategy consultant and business coach, I constantly find myself applying what I have... Continue reading
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I have been thinking a lot about the Boston Marathon this week: The race is on Monday. Here are some thoughts that new Boston runners (and even those who have run it) may find helpful. Boston first and foremost is... Continue reading
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You have signed up for a one-mile race on the track. Congratulations for laying it on the line! Maybe you want to beat your high school gym class time. Maybe you are after a PR. Maybe you just want to... Continue reading
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Note: This post on our inability to access the information we need to make big decisions is part of a chapter, "The madness of not knowing," in my upcoming book, Big Decisions: Why we make decisions that matter so poorly.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Strategic Thinking & Strategic Action
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Note: This post on the limitations of using algorithms to make big decisions is part of a chapter, "The madness of not knowing," in my upcoming book, Big Decisions: Why we make decisions that matter so poorly. How we can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Strategic Thinking & Strategic Action
Running tip of the day #2: Don't over-stride. It promotes heel strike, which stresses the leg and knee. Over-striding is inefficient. Instead, lean forward. Use your feet as levers to push you up and out. Try to land on your... Continue reading
Triathlon tip of the day #3: Swimming is highly technical. Start with working on improving your technique before swimming distance. Otherwise, you will be a poor distance swimmer. Putting form first will make you a stronger and faster triathlon swimmer. Continue reading
Triathlon tip of the day #2: Focus your training where you get the biggest payoff. For most triathletes, that's biking, the longest race segment. Continue reading
Triathlon tip of the day #1: Be early to your race to avoid unneeded stress. Save your adrenaline for the race! Continue reading
Running tip of the day #1: Do these four workouts weekly to be a better runner. Continue reading
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Annapolis Running and Triathlon Spring Training Camp 2018 Presented by masters-runner.com | masters-triathlete.com Sponsored by Annapolis Running Shop and Bike Doctor Arnold Annapolis Spring Training Camp will help you take your training and racing to the next level! If you... Continue reading
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No 2018 New Year's resolutions for me. I don't make resolutions. In the words of Yoda, "do or do not." In my words, create your plan expecting to execute it, and then act. Today is day 27 of my winter... Continue reading
Here's a video of a record-setting indoor 5k race by a young high school girl. Katelyn Tuohy destroys the national 5K high school record and runs the fourth fastest time in the world this year! What a race! Continue reading
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A tragic story about the consequences of bad decisions The Captain of KLM Flight 4805 had to be irritated. His plane, carrying 235 passengers and 14 crew members, had taken off from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport at 0900 hours (local time)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at Strategic Thinking & Strategic Action
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Runner and triathlete friends, have you planned your 2018 races? Do you have your training plan ready? Are you now training for the big race? If the big race is near, are you following a periodized progression, peaking and recovery... Continue reading
For the wind on my face Because I can To challenge myself For the thrill of the race. In wind and cold and heat and sun To know myself For satisfaction With others who love to run. Thousands of miles... Continue reading
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The second in our series on mental traps and biases that lead Donald Trump – and us – astray From the lens of social science and economics we can easily see that Donald Trump is a poster child for mental... Continue reading
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The first in series on mental traps and biases that lead Donald Trump – and us – astray A debate has raged among psychiatrists about whether it is ethically proper to diagnose Donald Trump without directly engaging with him as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Strategic Thinking & Strategic Action
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I can taste it! I am so close to qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Next month I turn 70, so the finishing time for any marathon I run now applies to the 70-74 age group at the Boston Marathon. My... Continue reading