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Efficiently Providing What Isn’t Wanted

May 8, 2019
Efficiently Providing What Isn’t Wanted

Management: When the markets for our products or services are reasonably stable and predictable, managing performance makes sense. We are, however, no longer in such a world. Managing will lead to performing to short term goals while missing the fact that markets may be moving away from us. Managing focuses on mitigating uncertainty by making […]

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Owning Less

May 1, 2019
Owning Less

Youth Lead the Way: I was speaking with a close friend who was lamenting the fact that despite having a grandson old enough to be driving, he wasn’t, and didn’t show any interest in driving. Therefore, my friend was relegated to being a chauffeur for all the grandkids and their various activities. We remarked that […]

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The School of Hard Knocks

April 24, 2019
The School of Hard Knocks

Who Hasn’t Been to That School? Recently in an e-mail exchange with a long-time friend, he wrote, “You have a degree from college, and I have one from the School  of Hard Knocks, and we both seem to be doing ok….” That common idiomatic phrase got me thinking. My friend wasn’t being facetious. Like many […]

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The Credibility Gap

April 17, 2019
The Credibility Gap

Sharing Before Caring: Recently I was in a meeting with two other well-established service providers. These are successful men (yes, it happens all three of us are male); at least I believe many would consider them to be successful. The conversation turned to how difficult it is to get potential clients to “pull the trigger” […]

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Book Review: The Influential Author

April 4, 2019
Book Review: The Influential Author

Revealed Complexity: Long ago I learned that the more I studied a topic, the more complexity I uncovered and the more I discovered what I didn’t know about that topic. Gregory Diehl’s seminal book, The Influential Author: How and Why to Write, Publish, and Sell Nonfiction Books that Matter, taught me just how much I […]

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Curiosity Disruption

April 3, 2019
Curiosity Disruption

The Curiosity Trap: As mentioned several times on this blog, curiosity is a common trait of successful leaders. Many leadership coaches consider curiosity to be a requisite leadership strength. Also, on the blog, I have mentioned that one’s strength is also a weakness. How do these two precepts jibe? When is curiosity a weakness? Disruption […]

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What Do We Expect?

March 27, 2019
What Do We Expect?

How You Play The Game: When I was a boy, I learned that we play to win, but how we play the game is more important than winning. If I was caught cheating I was out of the game. I learned a similar lesson when negotiating with other people. The lesson was to negotiate the […]

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Shorts, Axles, Rodes, and Ho!

February 27, 2019
Shorts, Axles, Rodes, and Ho!

Mixed Metaphor? The other day, I was getting a bit excited about a situation that was frustrating to me. A friend said, “Don’t get your shorts wrapped around the axle over this.” I have heard the phrase “getting wrapped around the axle’ many times before. In context, it meant getting frustrated to the point of […]

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I’m Of Two Minds

February 20, 2019
I’m Of Two Minds

Bicameral: The latest neuroscience is refining our concepts of left-brain and right-brain functionality. Not very long ago, scientists thought that the right-brain did predominantly creative kinds of thinking. The left-brain, it was thought, did the logical thinking. Today, the understanding is that things are much more integrated, and the two halves of our brain are […]

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Helpful?

February 6, 2019
Helpful?

Perception: Recently, a young person who I’m mentoring got onto a tirade about his boss micromanaging him. After he calmed down a bit, I asked him to give me some details. (For confidentiality reasons, I will obscure the real information, but the “story” is otherwise true.) It seems that his boss would frequently delegate a […]

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