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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Keep It Simple

“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery I read these wise words and immediately thought of Gino Wickman. Wickman is the developer of EOS---Entrepreneurial Operating System. Over the ten years since I first met...

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Indispensable Or Destructive?

“Mark is a big problem. He’s surly and nasty, violates all our company values, and ignores what we tell him. The other employees avoid him as much as they can. But…he’s the best designer we ever had so we put up with him.” While reading this, you probably flashed on...

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Lower the Volume

An insidious thing happens when you become a leader. People listen to you. Everything you say will be heard at ten times the volume. Every little thing you offhandedly mention will be amplified and taken as an order from on high and acted on. After all, it came from our...

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