Clear Out The Rot

“John knows exactly what he’s doing and needs little management. He works rapidly but without any mistakes so he delivers an amazing amount of high quality work. No one can do what he does.” This was the response I received when I asked a manager how John was doing. Sounds...

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The Boulder Over Your Head

Gray tepid monotony. Does that describe your organization? A client of mine recently forwarded to me a short article from the Wall Street Journal with this note: “Seems like there is a blog in here somewhere.” The article, by Steven Pinker of Harvard, Why Things Fall Apart, is about the...

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Be Here Now

I’ve been feeling like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. In the movie, Murray, a television weatherman, is sent to watch Punxsutawney Phil emerge from his burrow and predict how much more winter remains. Murray relives the day over and over and over again, each time with hilarious results. In my...

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Control Yourself

As the new year begins the world is in a state of great upheaval. Wherever you look, instability reigns. Some places are caught in violence that seems to never end. Other places are faced with major political shifts. The business world is confronting massive changes due to technology, rising...

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Off In The Woods

I answered the call of the woods that I mentioned in my last missive. I’m off alone, wandering the trails and contemplating nature. I feel my mind clearing as the clutter gets flushed away. Hopefully you took my advice and you too are off clearing your mind in your favorite...

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The Woods Are Calling

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it,” said Henry Ford. The best leaders know that free time for thinking is vital. They also know that productive and creative thinking arises from an empty mind… It’s that time of year when...

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A Hare Squashed In The Road…Did You See It?

“They drove past the place where Wallander had run over the hare. A flock of crows took off as they approached. The hare was already dismembered to the point of unrecognizability. Wallander told Modin that he was the one who had run over it. ‘You always see hundreds of run-over...

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Luckily I Survived

Suddenly the lights flickered. Then they went out. Everything in my hotel room run by electricity stopped working. It was a rainy evening and pitch black outside…and now inside. A minute later, the lights flickered back on. For a minute or two. And then, once again, darkness returned. The pattern repeated...

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