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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Bad or Great: Which Kind of Manager Are You?

“Bad managers are self-centered but not self-aware.” “Great managers are both passionate and compassionate.” Last year, the Predictive Index surveyed 5,103 employees across the business spectrum on dozens of traits of their managers. The result? They validated what we all know. Bad managers are all about themselves. Good managers care about...

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It’s Getting Hotter

As climate scientists have been continuously warning, the Earth is getting hotter. And yet, perhaps some of you still fall into the “how can this be, it’s freezing out here ” camp. Sorry, but weather is not the same thing as climate and the vagaries of local weather—including the...

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