The View From The Cliff

My mind was becoming constricted. I noticed that the weight of the world, and all my clients’ issues, were pressing down on me. I worried that my thinking was falling into a rut and my creativity and ability to advise my clients well were going to suffer. So off I...

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Aloha…Or Not?

Two days before hopping on a plane to begin a Clarity Break in Hawaii, something about my trip became very unclear. “PLEASE READ: Important information regarding your upcoming stay at the Autograph Collection Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu” Bold type, large print: the email’s subject line jumped out at me. First...

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Clear Out the Rot…Here We Go Again

Several weeks ago, I wrote a missive pertaining to the need to get rid of toxic employees. Clear Out The Rot. The message bears repeating. I know this because more and more often, I find myself having to ask a simple question… It’s a question I ask after a client...

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The Boring Company

“Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…” Elon Musk(@elonmusk) tweet December 17, 2016. Most of us stew when we’re stuck in a traffic jam. We wish we could do something about it, but are ultimately resigned to the fact that...

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Bad Assumptions

It seems I’m a smoker, at least that’s what a physician insisted. The only problem is…I’ve never smoked. Never. I’d been coughing a bit for some time. A cough here, a cough there, and every once in awhile a bit of extended coughing. Nothing debilitating, just a cough that seemed...

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Rwanda…On The Cutting Edge

I often share my thoughts on how leaders and organizations can leap forward and lead others into the future. Sometimes the examples come not from business, but from government, and in this case, perhaps an unlikely one. Rwanda, a small country in Africa that barely survived a horrific genocide that...

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Consequences of Alternative Facts

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32. I’ve been thinking about these words since I saw our new president perform his first official public act. There he stood before the assembled members of the CIA, in front of the Memorial Wall, which...

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Calm The Voice In Your Head and Listen

My mother used to tell me to remember that I had two ears and only one mouth. My father always reminded me that it’s hard to learn anything when your mouth is moving. The recent presidential campaign in the United States was an example of this inability to listen that went...

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