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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 [...]

There are two kinds of simplicity

By | August 17th, 2015|Competence, Life, Thinking Differently|

There are two kinds of simplicity. The first is on this side of complexity. It is easy, cheap and superficial. It doesn’t ask for much. Neither does is give much in return. It will often [...]

How will your future arrive?

By | August 4th, 2015|Life, Thinking Differently|

What got us here wont’t get us there. Many, if not most, upwardly mobile executives made a name for themselves by solving hard problems. While that is a valuable skill set, it rarely opens the [...]

Give yourself a break

By | July 24th, 2015|Life|

We all need to get away sometimes. “Away” doesn’t have to be somewhere exotic, or some place that involves boarding passes or long car trips. Not even a weekend getaway. Just a respite; a brief [...]

Context matters

By | July 6th, 2015|Communication, Life, Thinking Differently|

If you change the context, you change the meaning of something. For example, if you desire more clarity, add contrast. Contrast creates clarity. Watch the video. . In Other Words... One should use common words to [...]

Do you communicate with authenticity?

By | June 30th, 2015|Communication, Leadership|

Communication is more that speaking words. It’s more than just delivering content. Consider Albert Mehrabian, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at UCLA, who has become known by his work on the relative importance of verbal and [...]

Are you too smart for your own good?

By | June 4th, 2015|Leadership, Thinking Differently|

OK, you’re a smart person. Really smart. Earlier, during your education and your career, your “smarts” were both reinforced and rewarded. Good for you! You’ve done well. There is a pattern of behaviors for people [...]

Mythbusting: why executives don’t give more praise

By | May 28th, 2015|Communication, Leadership|

I won’t say I’ve heard it all, but I have heard a lot when it comes to “Why I don’t give much praise.” It’s interesting that praise (positive reinforcement for behavior/results that you want repeated) [...]

Better praise for better performance: 5 tips for improvement

By | May 25th, 2015|Communication, Leadership|

Solid self-esteem does not negate the need for outside affirmation and praise. It’s the feel-good reward for the do-good activities and results. Affirmation is asserting the truth or existence of something. Praise is an expression [...]

In praise of praise

By | May 20th, 2015|Communication, Competence, Leadership, Life|

One of the secrets to human performance is hidden in plain sight. That is, most don’t see it or they ignore it. The amazing part is that it’s free and it works. Here’s the secret: [...]

So, what else have you got?

By | April 16th, 2015|Competence, Life, Thinking Differently|

Of course I remember you! You were that wunderkind in your early work days who plowed through tasks and got things done at an amazing pace. As an individual producer, you stood out among your [...]

Do you really know how to “think out of the box?” – Part 3, How can I escape the box?

By | April 2nd, 2015|Life, Thinking Differently|

The previous post, and the one before that, demonstrated that the unrealized act of self-deception is one of the largest factors undermining relationships, teamwork, and performance. Self-deception puts us in a box that blinds us [...]

Do you really know how to “think out of the box?” – Part 2, How bad could it be?

By | March 26th, 2015|Life, Thinking Differently|

In my last post we looked at how self-deception can put us “in a box” and literally keep us from “thinking outside the box.” When we betray ourselves we seek to justify ourselves. We tell [...]

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