The journey out of Wonderland

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We can burn a lot of time and energy imagining things. Not creating but ruminating, worrying, speculating. It usually takes the form of “I’m not sure what they meant by that.” or “I don’t understand what they are trying to do.” or “I’m not sure what they want.” Most often is shows up when a leader is speculating (yes, speculating, not …

The Case For Space

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It’s a well-worn tenet that if you’re in senior leadership, your real value is not in knowing everything, but in asking the right questions.  That presents a new challenge, though: Do you wait long enough for the answers? One of my favorite leadership moments from the movies is the scene in Saving Private Ryan where the Rangers captain John Miller, …

The Rest Of Leadership

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Who gets by working 120 hours a week? Apparently not Elon Musk.  Or anyone else, for that matter.  The evidence of Elon’s sleep deprivation has been mounting for some time — suing employees, calling cave rescuers pedophiles, joking about declaring bankruptcy, and sort of kind of jacking the markets with an impulsive tweet about having secured financing to take Tesla …

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

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I’ve been tryin’ to get down To the heart of the matter But my will get weak And my thoughts seem to scatter But I think it’s about… Forgiveness.   Don Henley – The Heart Of The Matter   It’s been a tough few months for The Apology.  Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla’s Elon Musk, UAL’s Oscar Munoz, Uber’s Travis Kalanick, …

Six true statements that can change your life

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Anyone who wants to grow also has to want to change. True growth is a relentless, determined process of discarding baggage, confronting realities, embracing new ideas and thinking, stretching the boundaries.  And it’s easy to get stuck.  There are five true statements that I believe are key to whether anyone will overcome what holds them back or actually realize the …

Imus In The Mourning

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Don Imus is a conflicted soul. He made his living – 50 years of it — as one of the most successful and notorious radio shock jocks. Abrasive, unvarnished, crude, cranky, indulgent and self-absorbed. Juxtaposed with that dark image is a man who also used his fortune to buy — and for years personally operate — a 4,000-acre cattle ranch for children …

Transition Lenses

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I work with transitions all the time — people weighing job changes, a different career, edging toward retirement, the sale or purchase of a business, the launch of a venture. I generally welcome transitions — especially purposeful and intentional ones — in that they burn our platform and summon us to consider our real worth, a more ideal path for …