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Surviving The Red Queen Effect

By | September 12th, 2019|Strategy, Thinking Differently|

Evolutionary biologist Leigh van Valen (1973), used the Red Queen as a metaphor for his evolutionary principle that regardless of how well a species adapts [...]

Leader, is your work worthy of contact with life’s realities?

By | September 4th, 2019|Character, Leadership, Life|

The best leaders have withstood direct contact with life's realities. “A cynical habit of thought and speech, a readiness to criticize work which the critic himself never tries to perform, an intellectual aloofness which will not accept contact with life's realities—all these are marks, not ... of superiority but of weakness.”

What’s new in your new year?

By | January 7th, 2019|Life, Thinking Differently|

January 1 is a marker for new beginnings, an opportunity for a reset, or a clean palette upon which to write or draw the next lines of our future.

The weakness of weaknesses

By | July 17th, 2018|Character, Competence, Life|

In a client meeting I inquired about a mutual acquaintance I had not seen in a long time. My client said, “He plateaued early.” I [...]

Eating Crow, the art of apology

By | July 2nd, 2018|Character, Communication, Life|

“I recently had the opportunity, responsibility and privilege of apologizing to a colleague.” “You mean you HAD to apologize to someone, right?” “Well, I didn’t [...]

Rules – should you break ‘em?

By | May 15th, 2018|Character, Life|

I was recently in the home of friends who have a LARGE family. How large? Large enough to field almost any sports team from their [...]

Criticism – can you take it?

By | May 1st, 2018|Communication, Competence, Thinking Differently|

The British monarchy is known as a bit stuffy, centuries-old institution that is much revered by the British people. It was almost beyond criticism. But [...]

This is your life, and your story

By | April 10th, 2018|Life, Strategy|

This Is Your Life was an American reality documentary series broadcast on NBC radio, and then television, from 1948 to 1961. In the program, the [...]

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 [...]

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