The Entrepreneur and the Opportunity

Published: March 1, 2016

The entrepreneur spoke to me.  “Opportunities are all around us.  Find one, and make your success.”  I have heard this message repeatedly over the last year.  I spoke to men and women who started their business, who haven’t worked a job in years, and who believe in the power of the intelligent and dynamic spirit […]

Celebrate the Small Step; Surge Ahead in 2016

Published: December 29, 2015

When leaders connect with others, nearly magical change is possible.  People are often caught working in the realm of the routine, never-changing schedule of activities.  Leaders whisper into the ears of followers, “Something more is possible.  You have a place in making this happen.” The best way to enroll a team is to show colleagues […]

Boot the Impulse: Mindfulness Will Make You Awesome

Published: December 3, 2015

I think that American culture teaches us to get on with it.  Make a decision.  Move.  “Fish or cut bait.” Many of us have learned the lesson that “if we aren’t acting, we aren’t doing anything important.” Clearly, taking the right action helps to change us from a position of being stuck.  However, I am […]

A universe you can laugh at

Published: August 5, 2015

Just for fun, imagine you are surrounded by amusing people – provided to make you laugh and smile.  Imagine, the stage of life has been set up as one continuous Marx Brothers comedy, and indeed it is all rolling around you. Want to enjoy the fun? Pay attention to the dialogue so that you can […]

If I were 22 Again – Advice to a New College Graduate

Published: June 17, 2015

  Just imagine that you are 22 years old again, and you have the wisdom of over 20 years of business experience with you.  What advice would you give to an earlier version of yourself?  I offer my thoughts to today’s college graduates, in the spirit of help.  I have thought about what I would […]

Excellence is a Direction Beyond the Land of Good

Published: May 21, 2015

  I will never forget the day that Alex turned to me and said, “The good is the enemy of the best.”  I did not understand him at all.  I asked him to repeat, and then explain this idea.  Thirty six years later, I still remember his message to me. Alex was a psychologist that […]

Disaster Recovery and the Work of Leaders

Published: May 14, 2015

Tornadoes have ripped through southern cities.  Data center managers prepare for an electromagnetic pulse that will shut down the University hospital.  A specialist dies with irreplaceable information known only to him.  Disaster can come in many forms.  Leaders are often called to handle the recovery. What should a responsible leader do in the face of […]

Are You Willing to Finish?

Published: April 21, 2015

“I’m done!”  The executive shouts with glee, and shakes hand with his team.  “We reached our goals!   All done now, we can go home and relax!” This scenario almost never happens.  The modern condition of work is almost never about being “done.”  There are always more things to do.  For some people on a project, […]

What Value Would You Die For?

Published: March 26, 2015

  As I write about management and leadership regularly, I read and write about the importance of values.  Businesses should hold values.  Principled leaders should demonstrate their values.  Emerging influencers should understand their values and seek alignment with the values of their workplace and peers. I’m not going to ask you what your values are.  […]

Don’t Go With the Crowd

Published: March 19, 2015

  A success speaker and philosopher coached his followers to “Avoid going with the crowd.”  Why does this make good sense?   Some wisdom is just contrary to what most people expect. The crowd is doing similar things to each other.  People move together, follow the same pop idol, wear his shirts and cologne, and work […]

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