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  • Why do hard things?

    Why do hard things?

    Rice University Football Stadium, September 12, 1962 - President John F. Kennedy put the United States and the rest of the world on notice. The US was going to put [...]

  • Surviving The Red Queen Effect

    Surviving The Red Queen Effect

    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 to its current environment, it [...]

  • This is your life, and your story

    This is your life, and your story

    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 host would surprise guests and [...]

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

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

    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: “A shortcut is the longest [...]

  • There is still no antidote for uncertainty

    There is still no antidote for uncertainty

    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 2015 and the beginning of [...]

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 the voyage of the Endurance. It is a deep 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 our experiences, construct our lives and shape our world. Stories [...]

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 I was expected to do but couldn’t. The interpretation was [...]

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 2015 and the beginning of this year, I’m convinced that one [...]

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 in people. The best way to avoid resistance to change [...]

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 believed or his goals for a better America. Besides, I [...]

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 your personal and work life, because extraordinary results are directly [...]

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 and personal during World War II on the beaches of [...]

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 again.” It’s not hard to imagine that we could use these [...]

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 on that vast population of … others! ...leadership is about [...]

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? If they don’t, how can we expect them to know [...]

Create your legacy

By | September 2nd, 2015|Character|

Standing for something is not always comfortable. Yet, discomfort brings engagement and change. Discomfort means you're doing something that others were unlikely to do, because they're hiding out in the comfortable zone. Standing for something [...]

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