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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Be an Artist

“Republicans Need Artists, Not Economists” is the headline of a recent Op-Ed by Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal. While her piece focuses on what’s needed to bring good thinking and ideas as well as hope into the current political maelstrom, her wisdom is applicable for anyone leading...

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What Would Jose Do?

“He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.” Groucho Marx It happens all the time. We hear someone talking “like an idiot”: creating their own reality and acting confident in their ridiculous claims. We may decide...

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Let Your Mind Gather Some Moss

Longtime readers of these missives tell me that my writing has gotten better, my suggestions are more helpful, and my musings are more interesting and fun to read. I realized that three things have led to these improvements. First, I have more and more experiences from which to draw upon...

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Power Of No

“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.” Warren Buffett. No is a very underused word. Except by toddlers. Unfortunately, most of us forget the value and power of no as we leave toddlerhood behind. Our nurturing leads us...

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