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Insanity: A New Definition

Published on April 5, 2014 by

You know the classic defintion of insanity:  "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." -Albert Einstein

However, I think Einstein missed something important. I think we do something else that is more "insane" than what he pointed out. In a nutshell:

  • We do something that ...
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Who Is The “Real You”?

Published on March 16, 2014 by

"Know Thyself."

We don't really know the origin of that statement, but most of us would agree with the importance of it.

Most people would say they know who they are. On one level, I'm sure they do. But what about deeper levels? How deep have we actually gone in our ...

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Leaders: What Your Followers Are Afraid to Say

Published on January 31, 2014 by

When it comes to leadership, the higher you go, the more isolated and insulated you become from your followers. That means you're not likely to even know the one question that's on the mind of every one on your team or in your organization.

What question is that, you ask? ...

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Don’t Set Goals For 2014

Published on December 30, 2013 by

A friend and colleague emailed me a few days ago to ask me if I had set my goals for the upcoming New Year. I hadn't yet--and my suggestion for you is to hold off setting any goals for next year for now.

(By the way, if you supervise or ...

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You Love to Give–What About Receiving?

Published on December 24, 2013 by

One of my favorite authors and  speakers is Randy Gage. His post today was about how good we are, not at giving, but at receiving. While others are writing this week about giving, Randy wrote about receiving--and rightfully so.

We are more comfortable with giving than receiving, myself included. And ...

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Expect the Best: Look Within, Not Outside

Published on December 16, 2013 by

2014 will be here before you know it.

Have you slowed down enough to imagine what you want for the next twelve months?  And have you reviewed how the last twelve months have been for you?

Maybe you've had a stellar year, if so, I'm happy for you. It's easier to expect more "success" ...

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Listening and Self-Delusion

Published on September 12, 2013 by

I received a group email from a colleague the other day and I couldn't stop laughing. The topic of the email was on communication and this is how he summed up his communications skills:

"I love to hear myself talk. It's nice to have others hear me sometimes, too."  

He ...

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Enlightened Leadership

Published on August 24, 2013 by

A few weeks back I spent a couple of days with a senior leader who wanted to develop his "leadership intelligence." He has produced outstanding results in many ways and he has superb "technical skills,"  but his people skills were suffering. As a result, his relationships were suffering as well. Great leaders produce ...

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“Shut Up and Listen”

Published on August 17, 2013 by

Families and companies have a lot in common.

After all, both families and companies are made up of people. That means there are plenty of opportunities for misunderstanding,  unresolved conflict and power plays. On the positive side, there are plenty of opportunities for connection, collaboration and the option of sharing power.

When we aren't ...

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Transforming Your Circumstances: Three Insights From Clients

Published on July 27, 2013 by

Several of my clients have found new career opportunities in the past year after long periods of struggle. Others have reconnected with their spouses or life partners and others have rekindled long lost dreams. I thought I would share three lessons they learned along the way.

  • We can create ...
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