Monthly Archives: July 2007

Dr. Z will be catching some Zzzzzzzz’s

Dr. Z will be taking a break and the institute will be closed for the next 3 weeks.


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The Shortest and Most Powerful White Paper on Leadership Ever Written

Dr Z.’s Leadership Institute staff have been doing extensive and exhaustive research in July and have now developed the quintessential leadership whitepaper.

Okay, we admit it wasn’t the whole month we worked. Would you believe that we put in a full week? If not, would you believe that we spent a full day on it? Okay we were golfing, drinking, and going to the beach all month, but if you look carefully you will notice the paper is all white, except for the print!

And as an added bonus we have offered the document in a Word format so that you can tweak a few words, change the attribution, and call it your own. Okay, we admit our Adobe Acrobat PDF maker wasn’t working, we couldn’t figure out how to get it to work, so we just left it as a Word document and had the clever guys in marketing come up with a rationale — “it makes the document open source,” they said. This nugget of marketing wisdom was generated at the 19th hole after half a dozen beers.

Click on the link below and to open the Word version of the white paper:


If you take the time to read the whole paper, and this means getting to the end of the one page you will notice an additional clever marketing ploy generated by the same guy who said it was open source:

We know things that  you don’t.

We won’t tell you what they are unless you pay us a big fee!

Operators are standing by…

Call Dave at (204) 254-2130

Email Dave at

Ask about the free Gerbil cage,

including a Gerbil exercise wheel, with every new contract!


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Canadian Political Leaders as Cowboys

The Globe and Mail has pictures of Canadian leaders dressed in cowboy hats and cowboy gear.

If you ever thought about throwing your hat into the political arena you better check out these pictures first:

I think one quick glance at these pictures and you will realize why Canada is not a world super power.

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Leadership is like a volleyball


Leadership is like a volleyball.

  1. You spend most of your time up in the air.
  2. You can be served, blocked, or spiked.
  3. To work well you need to be inflated.

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Leadership is like a knife

Dr. Z presents another in his series of leadership metaphors.


Leadership is like a knife:

  1. You need to stay sharp.
  2. You have to make cuts in budgets, people, or roast beef.
  3. You spend a good part of the day just hanging around.

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