Niksen: The Dutch Art Of Doing Nothing

I always have a lot going on. In spite of getting better at saying no, I seem to be an easy target for anyone who asks “Can you help me?” Like most of you, I only have 24 hours in my day. No matter how much I try to...

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Don’t Make Things Worse

The headline in the April 30th edition of the Wall Street Journal business section reads: “Boeing CEO Defends Design of 737MAX” The first words of the article, by Andrew Tangel and Doug Cameron: “Muilenburg says certification process consistently produces safe planes.” Next words in the article: “Boeing Co. Chief Executive Dennis...

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Stop It!

How would you like to do a lot less work and get the same or better results? I thought so. Some years ago I was in Houston advising the CEO of a large energy company. I particularly enjoyed our meetings because they often took place over dinner in a nice...

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Destroy Your Ideas

It’s easy to get stuck on an idea. You begin by thinking about it just every now and then. Slowly, the idea strengthens as it begins to burn a pathway in your brain. Then you begin noticing how everything you see supports the idea. The idea gains even more...

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Look Behind The Words

It’s hard to believe anything these days when outright and obvious lies are so often treated as fact. Few seem to have the interest, time, or ability to check to see what is actually true and what is fantasy. Much of what is said these days is so outrageous I'm...

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Death By Shortcut

Fortune 500 Company Reputation Destroyed. How’d you like to be a CEO of this company seeing some variation of this headline about your company splashing across the media? Under the headlines are stories about a huge stock price drop and billions and billions of lost shareholder value. And there is...

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Be Disruptive: Get New Eyes

Everywhere I go people are talking about innovation and disruptive ideas. A hoard of consultants have gotten into the game by writing  piles of books, leading trainings, and knocking at your door…all to make you and your company the most innovative and disruptive company ever. (Notice that they’re not...

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Trampled By Elephants

There are elephants hiding in most companies. Actually, since elephants are quite large, they can’t really hide. Everyone knows where the elephants are, they just  pretend they don’t see them. When someone spots an elephant and asks a question about it, they’re met with deafening silence or a clever...

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