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Never Really Ready

October 17, 2018
Never Really Ready

Korean War Monument —  “No combat ready unit ever passed inspection.” The Big Stones: I’m told that “No combat ready unit ever passed inspection.” They know they cannot be “fully ready.” The point here is that there is always room for improvement. So once the “big things” are being done to expectations, we move to […]

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Common Enemies — Part IV

October 10, 2018
Common Enemies — Part IV

People with different world views will unite when they have a common enemy. I believe we have major “enemies” that have the potential to unite people across the globe: Climate Change — Part I, Technological Disruption — Part II, Cybersecurity — Part III, and Economic Bifurcation — Part IV (significant economic inequality). Economic Bifurcation: For a […]

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Common Enemies – Part II

September 26, 2018
Common Enemies – Part II

People with different world views will unite when they have a common enemy. I believe we have major “enemies” that have the potential to unite people across the globe: Climate Change – Part I, Technological Disruption — Part II, Cybersecurity — Part III, and Economic Bifurcation — Part IV (significant economic inequality). Technological Disruption:  Few […]

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Chef’s Garden

September 5, 2018
Chef’s Garden

The Garden is Well Planned:  During a recent conference, I had the opportunity to visit the Chef’s Garden. It was a working garden for sure. By that I mean that the Chef used the produce and herbs in her recipes.I’m guessing that the Chef also supplemented her yield with commercial herbs and produce since the […]

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No Salesperson Needed

August 29, 2018
No Salesperson Needed

A Tale of Two Purchases:  We do not make large purchases very often. Recently, however, we found ourselves in the position of having to replace our two aging, high-mileage cars. And we had two very different experiences. One was salesperson-intensive. One was not. In both cases, we knew exactly what car, model, and accessory packages […]

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Boards

August 22, 2018
Boards

A new Model 3 in our neighborhood. Oversight:  Tesla is in the news these days. Mainly because the majority owner, CEO and COB, Mr. Elon Musk, started a firestorm on Twitter. From a startup point of view I find this company to be quite impressive. I now see a lot of Tesla vehicles in the wild. […]

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Two Levels Up

August 8, 2018
Two Levels Up

Autonomy:  I hear a lot of discussion these days about keeping employees engaged in the workplace. Let me explain what employee engagement has to do with “two levels up.” We know, from the research by Daniel Pink and others, that knowledge workers require three things to be fully engaged at work: Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose. […]

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Being Noticed

August 1, 2018
Being Noticed

A Tale of Two Castles: On a recent trip, we were able to visit the castle on the right, Neuschwanstein. We were only able to see the castle on the left, Hohenscwangau, from afar (click on the image to enlarge it). They both overlook the Pöllat Gorge in Germany. The purpose of showing them is […]

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Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

July 25, 2018
Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

It’s In Our DNA! How often have we heard that statement? Personally, I hear it quite frequently. Often, it’s used as a way of excusing a person’s actions: “I can’t help it, it’s in my DNA.” I also hear it used as an indictment of another person who is reluctant try something new. Deoxyribonucleic Acid […]

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Curiosity

July 18, 2018
Curiosity

Just Wondering Not long ago, several colleagues and I were discussing our views on leadership. Soon the conversation turned to leadership attributes. After several rounds of the usual attributes — integrity, transparency, humility, vision, etc. —  curiosity emerged as perhaps the most important attribute of a great leader. Subsequent to that conversation, I came across this quote from […]

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