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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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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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The Next Worry

January 31, 2018 0 Comments
The Next Worry

Past Worry — Jobs: Long before it was an everyday discussion topic, I and my colleague, David Salahi, were speaking and writing about how technology had the potential to displace many (all?) jobs. Primarily, the purpose of speaking and writing was to generate discussion! What were humans going to do to make a living? How […]

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A Leader Is Always On Parade

January 3, 2018 0 Comments
A Leader Is Always On Parade

What you do. . . speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying. One of my mentors during my corporate days used to say that, “What interests my boss absolutely fascinates me!” And over the years I have said to several mentees, “Watch what your leader does. What she spends her time on, what […]

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People Always

December 27, 2017 0 Comments
People Always

Mission First: But people always. Here’s my takeaway from the mantra: “Mission first, people ALWAYS.” It is true that we are always dealing with people. Ourselves, our leadership team, our employees, our customers and our vendors — all are people. At least for now! I’ve long said that we need to put our employees first. […]

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A Championship Team

November 29, 2017 0 Comments
A Championship Team

According to John McGrath: “A championship team will always beat a team of champions.” A young entrepreneur I know put it this way, “I would much rather play on a championship team than on a team of champions.” His sport, in college, was basketball. He pointed out that if you watch the college teams you […]

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No Plan Survives The First Contact

November 22, 2017 0 Comments
No Plan Survives The First Contact

Planning: I’m told that Benjamin Franklin said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Planning is critical in order to move an organization toward achievement of the vision. In the same way that a map is not the territory, a business plan is not the way the market is or will be at the time […]

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No “Big” Items

November 1, 2017 0 Comments
No “Big” Items

The Big Stones: I often think of the Covey story about putting the big stones in the beaker first, then the small stones, then the sand and finally the water. See, the problem is, if you do all the little things first, there isn’t enough room in the day for the big important things. On […]

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Commander’s Intent

October 25, 2017 0 Comments
Commander’s Intent

Clarity Military leaders know that battle plans do not survive the first shot. In other words, the enemy has a vote in your best made plans. Reality has a way of modifying our relatively petty human plans! With that in mind, military leaders make sure that there is crystal-clear, sharp-as-a-tack clarity on the commanders’ intent […]

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Ants, Hungry and Leadership

October 18, 2017 0 Comments
Ants, Hungry and Leadership

Ants They seem so cool. I have been told that as a child, I would watch ants for “hours on end.” It seems obvious to me that ants communicate, but I don’t know exactly how. Perhaps it’s chemicals and perhaps some visual signals. At any rate, ants figure out ways to organize and get things […]

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