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First-Principles

August 14, 2019
First-Principles

Situational: I came across the concept, new to me, of leadership through First-Principles. My interpretation of the idea is as follows. The difficulty in being consistent as a leader and living up the values of the organization is that each situation is a bit different. We have to begin with the organizational culture as a […]

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Check-In

August 7, 2019
Check-In

Vacation: How about starting the next meeting of your leadership team with a personal check-in? Take a few minutes at the start of the session for each member to report on the last trip or vacation that person made. Getting to know each other personally, not just professionally, is an excellent way to grow trust. […]

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A Differentiation Strategy

July 31, 2019
A Differentiation Strategy

Choice: In today’s world, being found and having a distinct differentiation from the other competitors being found is critical. Unlike in previous years, today’s consumers are usually well educated on our product or service before they call us. They no longer rely on salespeople to bring them information. In fact, many purchasers, even for highly […]

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People First

July 24, 2019
People First

Do You Agree? Several reasonably consistent comments, in one form or another, are being made by business leaders. One is, “My employees treat our customers the way we treat our employees.” Another is, “Customers first is wrong. It’s employees first. Then the employees will take good care of our customers.” Also, of course, there’s the […]

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Accrue Respect

July 17, 2019
Accrue Respect

First Manage: To be a good leader, you must first become a good manager. To do that, you must earn and accrue respect from the folks you manage. After all, the people give you permission to be a leader, not your position on the organization chart. Education Leadership is a learned skill. It seems to […]

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Oxygen

July 10, 2019
Oxygen

Thin Air: I believe that most of us know that as we leave the surface of the earth and travel toward space, the air gets thinner. That’s why our high-flying modern planes have pressurized cabins. We don’t have to fly to experience the air thinning out with height. Visiting a mountain cabin, or Denver, CO, […]

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Manipulated

July 3, 2019
Manipulated

Shut down: I am NOT recommending that you do what I have done. I am, however, going to share with you my journey to being purposeful about how and where I spend my time gathering information. What prompts sharing this little diatribe are several articles, podcasts, and posts about how the content writers manipulate us. […]

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Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

May 29, 2019
Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

Forecasting is Treacherous Business: According to Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics, this year and next are likely to be filled with uncertainty. She names the events we all know are on everyone’s minds—Brexit, US-China trade tensions, and European Union reforms. Since Professor Yueh’s specialty is economics, she goes on to point out that those […]

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Becoming Data Driven

May 22, 2019
Becoming Data Driven

Not Just Google: Some business leaders have watched with a mix of envy and consternation as the technology firms, and large retailers, have taken advantage of big data. Until now, smaller firms have not been able to afford significant data science operations. However, predictions are that this year and next will be the year when […]

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Top of Mind

May 15, 2019
Top of Mind

Artificial Intelligence (AI): Based on what I observe in the business world, AI is going to continue being in our collective consciousness for some time to come. Many thought this was going to be a fad—and with reason. The promise of AI drastically changing our world has been around for several decades. However, we in […]

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