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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 [...]

Boxing gloves for Christmas

By | December 29th, 2015|Competence, Life|

I was in the sixth grade and my brother was in the seventh. Dad, a Marine Corps veteran who saw plenty of action up close [...]

What got you here and why you should care

By | November 24th, 2015|Life, Thinking Differently|

Our accumulated life-to-date experiences cause us to believe in and rely on the abilities we think got us here. “It worked last time; I’ll try it [...]

It’s not about you anymore

By | November 2nd, 2015|Leadership, Life|

One of the great discoveries about participating in leadership is that “it’s not about you any more.” You can focus your energies, efforts and expertise [...]

Strategic choice

By | September 25th, 2015|Strategy|

At a basic level strategy answers two questions: where will we play and how will we win? Should everyone in our business know those answers? [...]

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