Reflections on a blog

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I met with an old friend this morning who mentioned that he reads my blogs all the time. He then proceeded to recount a couple of them in notable detail. (That reminds me to pay attention to what I write, I suppose.) Still, as the year-end rumbles toward us, it had me thinking about a few ideas we’ve shared this …

Tom and Ray

More Than Car Talk

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For more years than I can count, my Saturday morning ritual has been to tune in to Tom and Ray Magliozzi, (the Tappet Brothers), on NPR’s Car Talk. With the death this week of the older brother Tom from complications of Alzheimer’s, my Saturdays will never be quite the same. The two self-professed bum auto mechanics from Cambridge, Massachusetts guffawed …

Discovering Authenticity

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Two years ago, a friend of mine was on his way to a private reception for then-Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Knowing my focus on leadership coaching, he asked me what he should ask Romney, if given the chance to corner him in the crowd. “Sure,” I said readily. “Ask him: What makes you angry, what makes you laugh, what makes …

Checking Our Rest Watch

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I’m probably not going to get the new Apple Watch. I haven’t worn a watch for decades, relying more on an innate, albeit quirky, knack of knowing what time it is – an ability I honed years ago in all news radio when seconds and minutes shared a natural rhythm with the work. But that’s not the reason I’m not …

The “Cost” of Growth

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A board of directors fires a CEO for not being aggressive enough in pursuing profits. Ho-hum. Dog bites man. An entire workforce quits over the board firing the CEO. Man bites dog. Headlines: Butchers, cashiers, stockers, produce stockers all out on the sidewalks of towns in New England over the last few weeks in a gallant and costly show of …

Working on Purpose

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Dream big. Live out your dreams. Pursue your dream relentlessly. You are not whole until your dreams are made real. We hear that a lot, and I’ve said some of it myself.  It’s actually a whole cottage industry in the self-help field, and I am thrilled with the life-changing impact those people have had on others who thought dreams were …

An Ownership Interest

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Several years ago, my grandson cobbled together his own little video commercial extolling the virtues of a local pizza company. They were so impressed by his enterprising verve, the local manager invited him back into the kitchen to watch the whole process and make a pizza for himself. My daughter asked him if he liked it enough to want to …

A Matter of Rust

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Corrosion. It eats away – slowly, insidiously, pervasively – robbing objects of their strength, utility or appeal. We understand it in structural terms – bridges, cars, tools – but what about in business? What is the most corrosive force in business? In my experience and observation, it is the CEO who fails—for whatever reason—to deal with the bad behavior or poor performance …

When “Sorry” Should Be Enough

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“Sorry seems to be the hardest word” – Elton John It’s been painful. LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s most recent cringe-inducing “apology” on CNN for his racist rants almost makes Paula Dean look quaint. However cynical anyone may be about Sterling’s motives for his public display of contrition, he almost appeared sincere. Until he kept talking…and talking…and saying everything all over again. …