A Happy Ending When the Bus Never Comes

In Dusseldorf, Germany, there is a pleasant bus stop with a comfortable bench. But don’t wait for a bus there. It will never arrive. People do occasionally sit on the bench, and wait for a bus. They come from the Benrath Senior Center which sits just behind it. The bus stop...

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Absurd Idea? Go For It

“That’s ridiculous. It’s not even worth considering for our company,” says your boss, after you mention an idea you came up with last night. Or maybe you’re the one to whom the idea is presented and you welcome it with an eye roll…. Of course, you might have only formulated...

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We’re All In The Same Boat

Imagine a young assistant bringing a complaint directly to the CEO of a large corporation. An accountant bringing an idea to the VP Sales. Think this doesn’t or even shouldn’t happen? Consider this: “Anyone at Tesla can and should email/talk to anyone else according to what they think is the...

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Experience Life…or Take a Picture of It

I’m often asked why I don’t take lots of pictures of places I visit. Actually, I rarely take pictures of anything in spite of having a perfectly good camera always at the ready right there in my iPhone. And the pictures cost nothing. When I was much younger, in the...

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Holmes And Watson Go Camping

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went camping. They pitched their tent under the stars. During the night Holmes wakes Watson and says. “Watson, look up at the stars and tell me what you deduce.” Watson answers, “I see millions of stars. It’s quite likely some have planets similar to Earth....

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Fraud Protection Alert

American Express sent me an email recently which immediately got my attention. The subject line read: Fraud Protection Alert. The email included a date, a place--Saks; an amount--710 USD; and finally, the notice: Not Approved. Yes, they were right, this was a case of fraud. I’m always amazed at how good...

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Have Confidence In Your Inabilities

You’ll be happy to know that I have complete confidence in the work I do. I have confidence in my ability to be an excellent trusted advisor to CEOs and business owners, to guide leadership teams to greater success, and to come up with creative ideas for solving intractable...

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Peeling Skin

My dermatologist leaned in with a stern expression and gave me the news. “There’s an unusual condition that we see sometimes that crosses all specialties, and you have it. And since you have helped out my daughter a couple of times with her education issues and job decisions, I will...

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