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A shortcut isn’t and quick fixes aren’t and don’t

By | August 10th, 2016|Life, Strategy, Thinking Differently|

Dr. Louis Binstock once said, “Too often the shortcut, the line of least resistance, is responsible for evanescent and unsatisfactory success.” Allow me to translate: [...]

The future belongs to those who show up

By | July 26th, 2016|Life, Things I Believe|

What were some of the key messages during your childhood years? When I was growing up my father wanted me to “be a man” first [...]

Sometimes we must do what is required

By | June 21st, 2016|Competence, Thinking Differently|

You know that place: that point where you “stay the course” because turning back simply can’t be done (physically impossible), it’s expensive (prohibitively so), or [...]

Who are the new explorers?

By | May 19th, 2016|Competence, Leadership, Thinking Differently|

Depending on the context and what we're going to explore, one of my favorite executive case studies has to do with Sir Ernest Shackleton and [...]

You need a better story

By | May 3rd, 2016|Communication, Leadership|

Everyone tells stories. Not everyone uses stories. Stories existed long before recorded history. Human life is narratively grounded; we have always had stories to interpret [...]

How to overcome reality distortion and blindspots

By | February 24th, 2016|Life, Thinking Differently|

Years ago I was faced with a personal reality dilemma: an important life event was approaching. Expectations were high. Tensions were higher. There was something [...]

There is still no antidote for uncertainty

By | February 3rd, 2016|Strategy, Thinking Differently|

It’s February! The new year is up and running, so we had better be, as well! After listening to more than a few executives during [...]

Resistance or a third-order linear partial differential equation?

By | January 21st, 2016|Communication, Competence, Leadership, Strategy, Thinking Differently|

"Leadership involves leading." I read that somewhere and it's true enough, but leadership also involves implementing change. Sometimes (often?) change has a way of generating resistance [...]

Because it’s right

By | January 18th, 2016|Character, Life, Thinking Differently|

As a young man coming of age in America in the 1960”s I did not understand Dr. King and therefore did not appreciate what he [...]

You are the first domino in the line

By | January 4th, 2016|Life, Strategy|

"When one thing, the right thing, is set in motion, it can topple many things." It’s a simple concept: focus on what matters most in [...]

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