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Her Ears Are In My Way

April 18, 2018 0 Comments
Her Ears Are In My Way

Behavior: One of my leadership mentors, author David Marquet, makes it clear that in his experience, if you want to effectively change people’s behavior, you have to change the environment. I learned that lesson again recently when my assistant, pictured here, exhibited unwanted behavior. It was my own fault. I came home from a photo […]

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Monkey Business

April 11, 2018 0 Comments
Monkey Business

Capuchin Economics: M. Keith Chen (now at UCLA) studied the economic activity of Capuchin and Tamarin monkeys. What I find fascinating is that he first taught the monkeys how to use money (in this case, metal washers) to trade. It took a while, but they learned the value of money for trading. They learned to […]

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Warrior Spirit, Servant’s Heart

April 4, 2018 0 Comments
Warrior Spirit, Servant’s Heart

Warrior: I think of warriors as people engaged in a struggle or conflict. For many people, the immediate image is often that of the military soldier at war. For me though, I think of the dedicated martial artists. Back in the early 1990’s, I wanted to find an activity that my son and I could […]

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It Takes a Crisis

March 28, 2018 0 Comments
It Takes a Crisis

Crisis: Many attribute the statement, “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” to Winston Churchill. His statement was meant to point out that a good politician will know how to address a crisis in such a way as to turn it to political advantage. I’m not sure that things always work out for politicians […]

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Unused Assets

March 21, 2018 0 Comments
Unused Assets

Sackett’s Harbor NY: In a “previous life,” my wife (and business partner) and I had the great fortune to own a very nice sailing vessel on Lake Ontario. We considered it a major asset. A big investment. Many of you know that the sailing season is short on Lake Ontario. But we made the most […]

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Self-inflicted Frustration

March 14, 2018 0 Comments
Self-inflicted Frustration

Frustration: I rather regularly do this to myself. I get frustrated with a process that has been in place for awhile. Then, I go through a flurry of activity to investigate different solutions. Eventually, I settle on living with my present frustration or, more often than not, opting for new frustration. This past couple of […]

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The Model Isn’t the Economy

March 7, 2018 0 Comments
The Model Isn’t the Economy

Maps, Models and Filters: There’s an old admonition that “The map is NOT the territory.” I say (and I’m sure others before me have said), “The economic model is NOT the economy.” We all view the world through our mental filters. We can certainly get ourselves in trouble if we do too much visualization of […]

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VUCA

February 28, 2018 0 Comments
VUCA

Massive VUCA Ahead: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA). Lots and lots of moving parts in our economy. That we are living in an ambiguous environment is definitely an understatement. I am reminded of a recent car trip where a colleague was driving. We were going to an unfamiliar destination, so of course we were […]

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Solution Finder

February 21, 2018 0 Comments
Solution Finder

Problem Solver: Bill Taylor, founding editor of FastCompany Magazine, had this to say at a conference I attended, “Don’t be a problem solver. Be a solution finder.” As he put context around that statement, I began to understand what he meant. If, as leaders, we allow our people to simply solve a problem, we may […]

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Differentiation and Values

February 14, 2018 0 Comments
Differentiation and Values

Values: I spend a fair amount of time discussing culture with executives and entrepreneurs. In my view, values underpin the culture in an organization. They are the foundation of decision making. And the decisions that get made define the culture of the organization. Yet many (most?) organizations do not pay significant attention to developing values […]

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