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Being different takes courage

Being Different Takes Courage!

We learn very early in life to conform, to fit in, to copy. Unfortunately this doesn’t usually lead to success in business. And it doesn’t make you a leader. Instead, you have to figure out how you’re going to be different, to stick out and be memorable. But this takes courage....

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leadership in listening

Leadership is Listening!

Leadership is about telling people where to go and what to do. Right? Well, no. The truth is that, as Marshall Goldsmith proclaims, leadership is 80% listening. How do we resolve this disconnect? The key concept that’s usually missing is engagement. And because every person is different, they have unique needs for...

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All going in the same direction

All going in the same direction!

We all know that the boat which wins the race will be the one where each person is contributing their most to all go in the same direction. If one person is disengaged, or worse yet, out of sync, progress will be slow. Or no progress at all. Or even backwards....

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It’s now becoming a little easier to be optimistic about the future of my business and those of my clients. But, for me, optimism has always been an essential tool for success. Sometimes optimism is just about putting on a good face, kind of a “fake it ‘til you make it”...

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art and process

Art and process

The first time I saw a work like the above, it just blew me away. With such intricacies and powerful colors, I couldn’t even imagine how someone had thought of such a thing. Much less created it. After I saw an artist create the painting, my respect changed … to their...

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because it's there

Because it’s there!

I heard the recent report of a Nepali team reaching the summit of K2, the world’s second highest peak, during winter. A magnificent achievement of incredible difficulty! But, of course, the lurking question is: Why bother? “Because it’s there” — George Mallory, 1923, on summiting Everest Not everything can be measured...

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in conflict

In conflict

I tend to avoid conflict. There, I said it. But problems and disagreements do arise. We can blast social media with our opinions and viewpoints, all perfectly valid of course.  The problem is when it gets personal: I’m trying to move forward, and someone is blocking my path or otherwise giving...

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