Leave Me Alone!

This  morning as eight of us were getting organized to begin a business meeting, one of the participants needed to gripe about something. “As I get closer and closer to 65, I am deluged by companies trying to sell me their Medicare insurance plans. Everyone seems to know my birthday. And...

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Speak Up Addendum

“I see a bit of this myself in a different way.” So began one of the numerous responses I received to my last missive Speak Up.* The reader who sent the comment is a neurologist involved in research and treatment of wounded veterans. In this capacity he works with an...

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Speak Up

In 1977, two Boeing 747s crashed into each other over the Canary Islands. It was the deadliest air disaster ever.  It happened because the co-pilot of one of the planes felt unable to question his pilot’s decision to take off…even though he knew the pilot had misunderstood the air-traffic...

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Will You Be Replaced?

Chinese artificial intelligence pioneer and venture capitalist Kai Fu Lee is predicting that 40% of the world’s jobs will be displaceable over the next 15 years. Displaceable rather than displaced since even he can’t foresee how fast the displacement will occur. But if we are paying any attention at all to what is...

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Goldfish

Your average attention span is now 8 seconds, one second shorter than that of a goldfish. That’s the word from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Yes, thanks to the internet, I have 8 seconds to grip you with this missive. And it seems our attention spans are shortening… Several...

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Resolutions

“Many changes have happened at our company and we would love it if you could be available on Jan 16 to facilitate our quarterly meeting.” ”I have an idea I would like to explore with you. Let’s see if there is a way that we might collaborate on a...

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New Year’s Wisdom from Dolly Parton

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” Dolly Parton Years ago, I heard a radio interview with Dolly Parton that made a big impression on me. Among other things, she spoke about what it means to have a “real life" Dolly described at length her impoverished upbringing...

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Enter The Danger

Quite a few years ago I approached the mouth of an active volcano which was spewing lava. As Winston Churchill said, “You must put your head into the lion’s mouth if the performance is to be a success.”  A lesson for both life and business… I visited Hawaii when their...

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