The Stuff of Legend

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I finally sat down this last weekend with the box of old CDs that had been muttering at me for years now for attention.  I figured I better rummage through them before my one remaining CD player went the way of my record turntable, cassette machine and digital tape player. (There is something here about the extinction of physicality in …

Leading is not “automatic”

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I took some time away this week to join a friend on a photo shooting expedition through a decayed inner city neighborhood. I did not expect to see much there (I was wrong) and was probably more concerned that some vandal would key the door panels of my new car parked on the street (I was right). I have a …

If The Truth Be Told

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“Tell me the truth.” How often do we hear that, say that?  Isn’t a bit curious that we have to exert ourselves to get it, even more to hear it? Why do we doubt we are getting the truth? Why do we so often battle it when it does come? The character of Lt. Col. Jessup in A Few Good Men said …

Hang Gliding On Purpose

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Where do you want to be in five years? We hear that question all the time. It is a bit of a mantra in planning, whether commercial or personal. We are admonished that without a specific goal in mind for our lives, any destination seems acceptable. Yogi Berra, in his own inimitable expressions of tortured syntax, seemed to say it …

The Statutes of Liberty

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Many’s the time I’ve been mistaken And many times confused Yes, and I’ve often felt forsaken And certainly misused Oh, but I’m all right, I’m all right I’m just weary to my bones Still, you don’t expect to be Bright and bon vivant So far away from home, so far away from home Paul Simon – American Tune Freedom. The …

Growing Grass

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If you had the opportunity to invest in developing one aspect of leadership that might make all the difference throughout your career, what would it be? When I ask this question of younger executives, most often the answers fall into a category best described as skills – strategic planning, time management, decision-making, financial management and others. That’s the mistake. I …

The Paradox of Trust

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Nestle a whole (uncooked!) egg in your hand lengthwise. Now squeeze it from both pointy ends. Again. If you did it right, it should still be there intact. Now turn it so you are squeezing it across its width. Okay, no, don’t squeeze it; you don’t have to know the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty to know what’s next. Same egg. …

Is Your Joint Authentic?

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I was being interviewed this week by a business magazine when the writer asked me “Why do you talk about being purposeful in your business and personal life. Aren’t they different?” In my view, no. And that’s not simply a concession to the erosion of the boundary between business and personal time. It’s about integrity. Even more so, it’s about learning how …

No Time To Waste

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What does it mean to “save time?” I spotted an article the other day on LinkedIn that proposed “Seven Ways to Save an Hour a Day.” Knowing that a couple of my clients are working at how to better manage their time, I clicked on it, curious if there was something worth applying. Unfortunately, the article simply featured seven new …

Silence Louder Than Words

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While my wife and I were in France last year, we devoted a day to visiting the hallowed sands of Omaha Beach. Perhaps like many over the years, I have often gazed curiously at the gray, blurred photos in history books, winced vicariously through the brutal opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan, even perhaps listened reverently to the halting stories of a …