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27 September 2009 • 5:10 pm

A Bit of Self-Promotion

This Tuesday morning (at 11:00 a.m. EDT), I’ll be Heather Stagl‘s guest on her blogtalkradio show, talking about measuring the workforce.

On Wednesday and Thursday 7-8 October, I’ll be speaking at the American Strategic Management Institute’s Performance conference in Chicago.

For more details, please click here, or go to the Events link above.

19 September 2009 • 11:39 am

Tortoise Stories Everywhere!

Tortoise rescuer John Formby holds Freeway the tortoise Saturday, September 19 in Worthing, England. (photo by Billy Elliott)

Tortoise rescuer John Formby holds Freeway the tortoise Saturday, September 19 in Worthing, England. (photo by Billy Elliott)

From colleague and occasional Tenacious Blog contributor Heather Stagl comes a link today to a story out of London, where a motorist rescued a Hermann’s tortoise while it was crossing five lanes of the M25, the loop road around London.

Although it is likely that “Freeway” the tortoise, as he is now known, is someone’s pet, (since he has an embedded microchip), it is not yet known where he came from (since the chip is blank). Motorist John Formby spotted what he originally thought was a rock on the road, but when he saw it was moving, pulled off to effect the heroic rescue. Despite the fact that cars had been passing right over it, Freeway was unfazed. According to Formby, “it seemed very determined just to get where it was going.”Freeway is now living comfortably at an animal rescue center in Worthing, along England’s south coast, while staff try to find his owner.

Branding as the Tenacious Tortoise seems to be working. According to Heather, “I see tortoise stories everywhere now.”

Do you see tortoise stories everywhere? Please send links to info@tenacioustortoise.com.

14 September 2009 • 7:00 am

At Loggerheads

Loggerhead turtle, about one meter long

Loggerhead turtle, about one meter long

I don’t remember exactly when, how, or even why I first became enamored with turtles and tortoises. It’s probably been at least 25 years since I bought my first carved wooden turtle, and my collection of small handmade keepsake turtles grows by one or two every time my wife and I travel together. I’ve probably got over 50 of them now. But it’s less than an obsession for me, and I don’t have any live turtles as pets.

A video on Facebook caught my eye a couple of weeks ago. Shot at night in infrared light on Big Pine Key near our second home in Key West, Florida, it shows a “boil” – the nearly all-at-once hatching of baby loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) and their immediate and frantic scramble to the sea. The first few minutes after hatching are especially perilous for the little guys (who would easily fit in the palm of your hand) – they rely on star- and moon-light glinting off the ocean’s edge to find their way to the water before seabirds and other predators pick off these tasty morsels. Human development has threatened the loggerhead in multiple ways, including the presence of artificial light at nesting areas causing the hatchlings to lose their way to the ocean, along with entanglement in fishing lines and nets.

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18 August 2009 • 7:00 am

Blogging and Cooking

Having returned from a very pleasant road trip with my family (we drove from Chicago to the Badlands area of South Dakota, and camped along the way), I was dismayed to see that the Tenacious Blog had not taken on a life of its own in my absence. No new posts had magically written themselves and queued themselves up for publication. The predictable ruse of posting a series of “Best of the Tortoise” items didn’t fool you, and traffic to the web site and blog is off a bit. Of course, it is August, and many of you are likely to be off on camping trips or other diversions of your own. But September will be upon us soon, and in my experience, the pace of life will pick up considerably after Labor Day (apologies to overseas readers for the occasional U.S. –specific references). With the expected surge of traffic, I feel the pressure to get back in the writing groove again.

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17 August 2009 • 7:00 am

Best of the Tortoise – Walter Cronkite

(the Tortoise is on the road – for the next few days we’re revisiting popular posts from earlier this year)

The passing of newsman Walter Cronkite, sometimes called “the most trusted man in America,” gives us pause to reflect on the scarcity of trust for our leaders.

Walter Cronkite and the Erosion of Trust

14 August 2009 • 7:00 am

Best of the Tortoise – Required Reading in the White House

(the Tortoise is on the road – for the next few days we’re revisiting popular posts from earlier this year)

A New Yorker article on the cost of providing health care may be the most influential in the health care reform debate. A summary and review of the lengthy article, along with a link to the original.

Required Reading in the White House

13 August 2009 • 7:00 am

Best of the Tortoise – Cause and Effect

(the Tortoise is on the road – for the next few days we’re revisiting popular posts from earlier this year)

A simple and possibly amusing example helps to illustrate that strategy is not just about describing desired outcomes; it’s about understanding the cause and effect relationship between objective behaviors.

Cause and Effect: The Building Blocks of Strategy

12 August 2009 • 7:00 am

Best of the Tortoise – Framework for IT Organization Strategy

(the Tortoise is on the road – for the next few days we’re revisiting popular posts from earlier this year)

A series of posts have approached the topic of strategy for the Information Technology organization. IT is almost always either an enabler or an inhibitor of strategy execution in an enterprise, and aligning IT and organization strategy is among the most pervasive challenges for strategy facilitators today.

The featured post:

Framework for IT Organization Strategy

builds upon several earlier posts that may also be of interest:

11 August 2009 • 7:00 am

Best of the Tortoise – Hygienic Strategy?

(the Tortoise is on the road – for the next few days we’re revisiting popular posts from earlier this year)

One of my favorite topics is the application of the academic disciplines of Organizational Behavior to the practical challenges of driving strategic change. This post applies one important theory to the design of strategy in any organization.

Hygienic Strategy?

10 August 2009 • 7:00 am

Best of the Tortoise – BP is Back to Petroleum

(the Tortoise is on the road – for the next few days we’re revisiting popular posts from earlier this year)

In a post in early July, we noted that it wasn’t especially surprising that British Petroleum is backing away from its highly-visible efforts to lead development of alternative energy.

Beyond Petroleum? No, BP is Back to Petroleum