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Stories are difference-makers

By | October 10th, 2012|Communication, Competence, Leadership, Life|

"Stories are how we think. They are how we make meaning of life. Call them schemas, scripts, cognitive maps, mental models, metaphors, or narratives. Stories are how [...]

Leaders Clarify

By | July 8th, 2012|Communication, Competence, Leadership|

In a subtropical forest in Africa a troop of gorillas is in the midst of their daily activities when a twig snaps in the brush. [...]

Victims, villains and rescuers

By | April 23rd, 2012|Character, Communication, Leadership, Life, Strategy|

Dudley Do-Right was the hero of a segment of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, a cartoon entertainment show from my youth. Dudley was a dim-witted [...]

Are you a good lie detector?

By | January 10th, 2012|Character, Communication, Life|

According to TIME magazine article "Lies, Lies, Lies" (Oct 5, 1992), "Lies flourish in social uncertainty, when people no longer understand, or agree on, the [...]

Change begins with inquiry

By | November 1st, 2010|Communication, Competence, Leadership, Strategy, Things I Believe, Thinking Differently|

My friend and colleague, Jim Kranzusch, is a chimp. I'm pretty sure he's always been a chimp. He has even turned "chimp" into a verb ("I [...]

No more presentations!

By | October 15th, 2010|Communication, Competence, Thinking Differently|

Years ago at IBM I was promoted to a job in division headquarters. It was a nice step up on the corporate ladder, a chance [...]

The best story wins

By | October 11th, 2010|Communication, Competence, Leadership, Things I Believe|

Monty Roberts is a horse whisperer. He is one of a few horse trainers that use specific methods to start horses rather than break them. [...]

If you could make God bleed…

By | October 6th, 2010|Character, Communication, Competence, Life|

"If you could make God bleed, people will cease to believe in Him... there will be blood in the water, and the sharks will come." [...]

Speak as if you’re right; listen as if you’re wrong

By | October 1st, 2010|Communication, Competence, Leadership, Life, Things I Believe, Thinking Differently|

Do you ever feel like you're arguing with idiots? Most of them actually aren't (idiots). Some probably are. For those, remember, "It is impossible to [...]

The smell of leadership?

By | September 12th, 2010|Communication, Leadership|

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. [...]

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