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 …

A Curiosity for Oddity

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Anyone who ever thought the all-electric Tesla was out of this world is now vindicated. We are so saturated with technological innovations that what happened yesterday easily can get lost in the white noise: A 15-year-old company led by a modern-age visionary just launched the most powerful rocket in the world — capable of a payload equaling the weight of …

Cultural sausage

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What does weisswurst have to do with company culture? Well, it might first serve us to define both words. Weisswurst, I discovered on a recent trip to Germany, is a white (yes, curiously pallid white) sausage that is the pride of Bavaria (rivaled at least, I hope, by their Audis and BMWs). It is presented at restaurants with great ceremony …

Time To Shift Gears

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This time of the year is often governed by two gears — Reverse and Drive.   It’s a time to take account for what was done, celebrated or suffered; it’s also a time we quickly transition our energy toward the year ahead. We shift gears this time of year.   Most often, for a business leader, this exercise is in …

The Power-less leader

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A senior executive, especially CEO, of an enterprise is a powerful position. Which can be its weakness. I recall a time when a CEO slipped a bit on the newly waxed wood parquet threshold outside his office. He muttered — loud enough for some to hear — how that seemed a bit dangerous. Sure enough, a week later, after he …