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Hard Work Needs Something Else

“Today is life – the only life you are sure of.  Make the most of today.  Get interested in something.  Shake yourself awake.  Develop a hobby.  Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you.  [...]

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Getting Change Started

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe One of the most frustrating things about the world is the number of people who know what [...]

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Yes, You Should Be Talking About Strategy

“You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you.” – Leon Trotsky It goes without saying that we live in a world of rapid, major, sometimes overwhelming change.  Very few [...]

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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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Full Speed & Focused

“The unforgivable crime is soft hitting.  Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.” – Theodore Roosevelt When I visit with leaders, rarely do I find them to be lacking in [...]

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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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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.  [...]