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Pride

May 24, 2017 0 Comments
Pride

Pride: Every now and then, my parents would let me know that I was getting “too big for my britches.” My father seemed to be especially tuned into those who were prideful—especially if they treated others with disdain. Having pride in your work and accomplishments was acceptable, even encouraged. But being prideful about success and flaunting it […]

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Greed

May 17, 2017 0 Comments
Greed

Greed and Pitchforks I was listening to podcasts as I was traveling around southern California in my car. I almost skipped the next playlist podcast when I heard the topic was The Seven Deadly Sins. They hooked me before I could safely move to the next podcast. I’m glad that I listened. According to the standard […]

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Your Sentence

May 10, 2017 0 Comments
Your Sentence

Bill Taylor A while back, I had the pleasure of hearing Bill Taylor of FastCompany Magazine speak and moderate a leadership summit. Bill suggest that we each should have a sentence-that one sentence that describes your reason to exist. I have always thought of that as my vision or purpose or “BHAG” (big hairy audacious […]

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Curbing My Enthusiasm

April 26, 2017 0 Comments
Curbing My Enthusiasm

My Enthusiasm Can Be a Bit Much! I get excited about things—perhaps you do too. I find, however, that my enthusiasm can sometimes be received by others as “preaching.” I truly don’t mean it to be that way, but, well, that’s how it is sometimes (often?) received. What to do? Aware It’s a tough cycle […]

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Wells Fargo – Extensive Fraud – Governance

April 19, 2017 0 Comments
Wells Fargo – Extensive Fraud – Governance

Accountability I’m often asked about the difference between accountability and responsibility. The distinction I make (perhaps a bit oversimplified?) is that responsibility can be and often is shared with others. However, one cannot share accountability. Another distinction I’ve heard in our leadership circles is that one takes responsibility, but one is held accountable (by oneself […]

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Empathy? Compassion?

April 5, 2017 0 Comments
Empathy? Compassion?

A Story Here’s a story I find interesting. In a small rural town, there was an old factory building housing many workers. One day, the building simply collapsed trapping many people.  Soon a large crowd of town folk gathered. The people were overcome by the plight of their fellow citizens and were weeping and wailing. They […]

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The Thing About Risks

March 29, 2017 0 Comments
The Thing About Risks

Business is a risk. The trick is to figure out how to measure the risk. Then to do what we can to mitigate the risk. And finally to decide if the return on the investment (ROI) for taking the risk is positive in our minds. Insurance companies are, of course, in the business of doing […]

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Complexity and Transformation

March 22, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Transformation

(This is the final post in a four part series on how growing complexity is transforming our lives.) Continuous Transformation: The common lament these days is that the pace of change is on an exponential trajectory. We struggle to keep up. Knowledge (and of course data) is increasing by leaps and bounds every second. All facets of […]

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Complexity and Decisions

March 15, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Decisions

The Complexity Part: (This is the third in a four part series on how growing complexity is changing our lives.) And when it comes to decisions, complexity is indeed the byword. Not only do we have an over abundance of product choices, we have an abundance of freedom in most areas of our life. For example, […]

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Complexity and Forecasting

March 8, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Forecasting

The Complexity Part: I find that neuroscience (trying to understand the brain / mind / body interdependence in sentient life) and quantum physics (specifically particle entanglement and uncertainty) are perhaps the most confusing, complex and barely comprehensible subjects I study. The more I read on those topics the more I realize that reality is in the eye […]

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