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Your Best Chance

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” – African proverb When I was growing up, I remember cringing whenever I heard some adult (usually one of my parents) refer to something as “a learning [...]

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Craziness

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln For most people reading this, availability of the things we want has rarely been a problem over the past few decades.  If we want to buy [...]

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A Slower Kind of Fast

“What comes easy won’t last long, and what lasts long won’t come easy.” – Unknown We spend a lot of time as leaders talking about the pace of change in today’s world.  We have to be agile and [...]

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Plan to Adapt

“It’s a bad plan that admits of no modification.” – Publilius Syrus It’s the understatement of the year to say that we live in a world that’s constantly changing.  Right now, most leaders feel [...]

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The Uncomfortable Path

“You’ve got to continue to grow, or you’re just like last night’s cornbread – stale and dry.” – Loretta Lynn With all the preaching about comfort zones lately (here, here, and here, for example), [...]

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Outside the Zone

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about comfort zones (here and here, for example).  There are plenty [...]

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Planning for Perfection

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – Dwight Eisenhower One of the things I’ve heard leaders say a lot over the past two strange [...]

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You, Actually

“No man can, for any considerable time, wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which is the true one.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne There are [...]

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What Are You Learning?

“Once you stop learning, you start dying.” – Albert Einstein One of the things that has been mentioned in this space a number of times in the past is the idea that as leaders, we have a tendency [...]

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Get Uncomfortable

“We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t.” – Frank A. Clark One very noticeable trait of human beings is that we want to be comfortable.  There’s nothing [...]