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Language is Never Quite Right

June 13, 2018 0 Comments
Language is Never Quite Right

Words: What do you hear when I speak? I’m trying to paint a word picture of what I see in my mind so that you see “the same picture” in your mind. I share those words with you. We speak the same language. Let’s agree that the language, whatever it is, is native to both […]

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Employees First

May 30, 2018 0 Comments
Employees First

Customers First? I have heard it so many times: “customers come first,” or “we are customer centric.” My observation is that this isn’t right. Employees have to come first. I believe that, for the most part, our employees will treat our customers the way we treat them. As Richard Branson, Virgin Group, says, “Happy employees […]

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Warrior Spirit, Servant’s Heart

April 4, 2018 0 Comments
Warrior Spirit, Servant’s Heart

Warrior: I think of warriors as people engaged in a struggle or conflict. For many people, the immediate image is often that of the military soldier at war. For me though, I think of the dedicated martial artists. Back in the early 1990’s, I wanted to find an activity that my son and I could […]

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The Model Isn’t the Economy

March 7, 2018 0 Comments
The Model Isn’t the Economy

Maps, Models and Filters: There’s an old admonition that “The map is NOT the territory.” I say (and I’m sure others before me have said), “The economic model is NOT the economy.” We all view the world through our mental filters. We can certainly get ourselves in trouble if we do too much visualization of […]

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Differentiation and Values

February 14, 2018 0 Comments
Differentiation and Values

Values: I spend a fair amount of time discussing culture with executives and entrepreneurs. In my view, values underpin the culture in an organization. They are the foundation of decision making. And the decisions that get made define the culture of the organization. Yet many (most?) organizations do not pay significant attention to developing values […]

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Doubt and Learning

January 24, 2018 0 Comments
Doubt and Learning

Embrace Doubt: Often, I will start out with a new client, project or endeavor with a considerable amount of conscious doubt. What makes me think I can do this? What makes me think I will be the best coach for this person? When will they find out I’m really an impostor? Frankly I can’t think […]

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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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Safety

September 27, 2017 0 Comments
Safety

Playing it Safe According to Bill Taylor, founding editor of FastCompany magazine, playing it safe may be the riskiest path of all for your organization. Safety can be a trap, in that you never move forward. Two activities in my past are sailing and rock climbing. When a storm approaches, large ships move out to […]

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Weakness vs Strength

August 16, 2017 0 Comments
Weakness vs Strength

What’s Your Focus? In my profession (Executive Coaching), there is a lot of discussion around whether one should focus on strengths or on weaknesses. I have tossed this topic around myself and concluded that we should be aware of any weakness, but focus on our strengths. However, a recent podcast brought me up short and […]

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Worth

April 12, 2017 0 Comments
Worth

Worth at Work I hear a lot of discussion among the Generation X and Baby Boomer business leaders about how to handle those “pesky” Millennials. I’m not quite sure why this is such a mystery to people. “Is my work worthy of my sense of purpose, or is it really just a means to an end, […]

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