Failure Is Not Good

There have  been endless articles, books, and talks  espousing the value of failure to entrepreneurs as well as those working away inside companies big and small. Failure is generally portrayed as a not-too-unpleasant and necessary stepping stone to success; something to learn and grow from. I appreciate that you...

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Struggling Through The Pain

“I did not get to the point I am at by focusing on what would I enjoy doing. I got here by saying what pain am I willing to sustain?” A successful entrepreneur with whom I work shared with me these words of wisdom about his journey through several successful...

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Just Do It

I’m writing this as I sit on a deck on Whidbey Island, overlooking Puget Sound. While  daydreaming, listening to the birds, and contemplating the beautiful island scenery I got thinking about my recent missive, Will Anywhere Do? It occurs to me that there’s a counterpoint to knowing where you’re...

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Will Anywhere Do?

“Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?” The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?” “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?” I help people and companies get where they want to go. For both...

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Tell A Good Story

“The soundest fact may fail or prevail in the style of its telling.” Ursula Le Guin A few years ago, I flew across the country to Santa Barbara to attend a business retreat led by a very famous author and consultant.   The event was held in a beautiful old rustic...

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Volleyball Leadership

Ever know or work for a leader who regularly and rapidly gets overly excited or upset about things? And just as rapidly calms down and changes their mind, moving on to the next absolutely amazing thing or imagined disaster?  And enthusiastically shares every facet of this amazing thing or...

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Oh For A Better Memory

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson go camping. They pitch their tent on a beautiful clear night under a myriad of stars twinkling down at them. Holmes wakes in the middle of the night. He wakes Watson and says “Watson, look up and tell me what you deduce.” Sound familiar? It did...

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Complexifying

By now, you have probably all read the newly approved approximately 500 page tax bill as well as the 600 or so page conference report explaining what the bill does. No? Well surely each and every word of obtuse language and cross-referencing was read and understood by the 100...

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