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Accountability For The Big Stuff

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure…but of succeeding at things…that don’t really matter.” – Francis Chan Last week in this space the topic was productivity from the standpoint of being [...]

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Lead Courageously

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain There are any number of traits that people ascribe to great leaders, but one that I’ve been thinking about a [...]

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Falling Down & Getting Up

“Failure is the tuition you pay for success.” – Walter Brunell Sometimes, as leaders, we get frustrated with outcomes.  We usually have pretty lofty goals, and when we don’t meet them it’s [...]

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Get Uncomfortable

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” – Fred DeVito I’ve found myself thinking about ancient history lately.  In particular, I’ve been thinking about my ancestors living in [...]

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Say No To Good Stuff

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on.  But that’s not what it means at all.  It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas.” – Steve Jobs Early in my [...]

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How Are You Stopping You?

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung One of the conversations I’ve heard leaders having repeatedly over the years has to do [...]

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Don’t Forget Yourself

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.  Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi Last week in this space, the topic was change-related (no surprise).  The idea [...]

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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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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 [...]