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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 [...]

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 [...]

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