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Dream Big

“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso The dictionary definition of realism is “the attitude or practice of accepting a situation as it is and being prepared to deal with it [...]

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Magic Bullets Are Extinct

“There’s always free cheese in the mouse traps, but the mice there aren’t happy.” – Anonymous One of the hazards of my occupation is that sometimes people make assumptions.  Perhaps the most [...]

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Learning & Time

“Looking back, my life seems to be one long obstacle course, with me as the chief obstacle.” – Jack Paar One of the things that holds true for leaders everywhere is that there is never a shortage [...]

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Noticing Doesn’t Make You a Leader

“It is easy to sit up and take notice.  What is difficult is getting up and taking action.” – Al Batt I was fortunate enough to spend a morning with a group of leaders recently, and one of the [...]

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Change & Confidence

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard [...]

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What Are You Actually Doing?

“Make every detail perfect, and limit the number of details to perfect.” – Jack Dorsey It’s been mentioned in this space previously (here and here, for example) that focus is one of the most [...]

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Real Leaders

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs Innovation is a popular topic.  If I Google innovation I get somewhere north of 3 billion hits.  I get links to webinars [...]

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Plan for the Unplanned

“Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.” – Shari R. Barr Humans are interesting creatures.  [...]

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Change Means You Too

“When we are no longer able to change a situation…we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor Frankl We talk with our clients a lot about the importance of being agile as an [...]

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Let It Go

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” – Erich Fromm One of the more common reasons I hear from leaders for why their organizations haven’t made a particular change or [...]