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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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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