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Please, no more grandiose plans or ideas

By | August 6th, 2013|Strategy|

I can hear you thinking (those of you who know me), "What about BHAGs (big, hairy, audacious goals) and 'big thinking' and even 'big ideas' [...]

Use context for better decision making

By | July 25th, 2013|Competence, Strategy, Thinking Differently|

A dear friend and mentor once told me, “Being a manager is easy: you make decisions. If you make a bad decision, you correct it [...]

A good argument is a good thing

By | May 20th, 2013|Communication, Competence|

Are not. Am too. Are not! Am too! That's an argument no one wants to have. With good reason. It's going nowhere. Good arguments, or passionate [...]

Why you can’t have everything

By | May 15th, 2013|Life, Thinking Differently|

Picture a small boy in a candy store with a $20 bill in his pocket. As he looks around the store at all the wonderful [...]

The curse of charisma

By | February 24th, 2013|Character, Competence, Leadership|

Charisma is to leadership as external stimulants are to getting in shape or winning. A leader's charisma can make the leader – and their followers [...]

Now is no time to be ignorant

By | January 26th, 2013|Competence, Life|

Earlier this week I was reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King's quote, “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” and [...]

Weak and detached executives and their emotional bullsh*t

By | January 12th, 2013|Character, Competence, Leadership|

Sometimes executives, and other managers, exhibit bad behavior. It happens. Managers are people, too. Occasionally, however, executives are abusive, in the same way that a [...]

Focus – just say no

By | December 1st, 2012|Competence, Strategy, Thinking Differently|

Steve Jobs' biographer, Walter Issacson, tells how when Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 the company was producing a "random array of computers computers and [...]

Are you passionate or reasonable?

By | November 27th, 2012|Thinking Differently|

"There is great tension in the world, tension toward a breaking point, and men are unhappy and confused. At such a time it seems natural [...]

One question you should ask about next year

By | November 21st, 2012|Competence, Strategy, Thinking Differently|

Have you noticed that things take time? Great things seem to take even longer. Nine months to get a child. Four years (+/-) to get [...]

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