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The weakness of weaknesses

By | July 17th, 2018|Character, Competence, Life|

In a client meeting I inquired about a mutual acquaintance I had not seen in a long time. My client said, “He plateaued early.” I [...]

Criticism – can you take it?

By | May 1st, 2018|Communication, Competence, Thinking Differently|

The British monarchy is known as a bit stuffy, centuries-old institution that is much revered by the British people. It was almost beyond criticism. But [...]

Sometimes we must do what is required

By | June 21st, 2016|Competence, Thinking Differently|

You know that place: that point where you “stay the course” because turning back simply can’t be done (physically impossible), it’s expensive (prohibitively so), or [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Wrong place. Now what?

By | March 16th, 2015|Character, Competence, Leadership|

Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. was the eldest son of President Teddy Roosevelt and Edith Roosevelt. Ted, as he was often called, had served in WWI on [...]

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