What’s The Problem?

“What’s the problem?” I ask this question often. I ask it after I hear a story that begins: “I have a great idea.” The storyteller goes on to tell me that this idea is going to lead to a company that will be wildly successful. A few years ago, the...

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Fear Day 2

Jeff Bezos runs Amazon in Day 1. He works in a building named Day 1. And he works with a Day 1 mindset. For Bezos every day is Day 1. And he obsessively acts to ensure that Amazon and all of its employees are right there with him in Day...

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Be Ignorant Like Drucker

Voltaire advised, “judge a man by his questions, rather than his answers.” Great leaders know how to ask great questions. And they know how to encourage people to answer these questions openly and honestly without fear of shame or reprisal. John Kay, in his book Obliquity, says there is “no...

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Strategy Documents Make Great Doorstops

“Why do strategies almost always fail to live up to expectations?” Raphael S. Cohen poses this question in his Lawfare blog article “Why Strategies Disappoint—and How To Fix Them”. A regular Benari blog reader sent Cohen’s blog post to me with a note saying, “I thought of you as...

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It’s The Little Things…

When it comes to commas in a list of three or more things…say “pay attention, add value, and have fun”…some of you use what is referred to as the Oxford Comma, the one before “and” (or “or”), and others don’t. Believe it or not, there are people who are...

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A Warm Idea

My friend complained regularly about how cold she was, even in mild weather. Since I can get through a Vermont winter with a flannel shirt and a denim jacket, this baffled me. Eventually I discovered she suffers from Raynaud’s Syndrome. Then I met one of the entrepreneurial partners of a...

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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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