What holds you back?

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What holds you back? It’s a deceptively common question, but it only gets provocative (and useful) when we decline to accept the first answer. Especially from ourselves. I remember the first time I really heard it myself. It was 20 years ago this month at a major business conference where I ventured into a conversation with a person sitting next …

Tough Enough

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At first glance, the article last week in Forbes seemed a worthy celebration of women who had risen to the top of leadership in business and government – CEOs, managing partners, justices, prime ministers, presidents, entrepreneurs, moguls and magnates, politicos and policymakers all. Yet the second line in the article The World’s 25 Most Powerful Women is easily overlooked or taken as conventional wisdom: …

This was no boating accident

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It’s that feeling you get when a fire truck goes racing by – you wonder what happened but you’re just glad it isn’t you. Wells Fargo Bank saw its sterling brand go up in flames last week as the feds fingered their community banking division for creating two million bogus accounts using customer funds without their knowledge. Analogies escape us. …

Contrarian By Nature

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It was just a few months ago that the global stock markets crumpled under the hammer of the Brexit vote. Exchanges around the world logged losses totally $2 trillion in just two days, with indexes down an average of 7-8% worldwide. A friend of mine was bemoaning the turmoil and asked me (misdirected in that I know almost nothing about …

The Irresistible Pull Of Purpose

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It was supposed to be all about getting away. The annual “Platinum Club” retreat was a treat for the company’s top sales performers — several days at a swanky resort in the Dominican Republic with fabulous food, drinks, music and outdoor sports. It had been a great year, and they had earned it. Normally, the on-site resort staff at such …

When in doubt, lead.

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Ken is a confident, proven, intelligent guy. Those qualities have worked well for him as he has paced himself through the developmental gates to where he is today — poised to take over the CEO role of a multi-billion dollar company. Yet, as that prospect comes into focus, for the first time he admits to some doubts — not misgivings, …

Risky Business

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The first time you meet entrepreneurs Lyden and Will, you instantly get a sense of their intelligence, curiosity and drive. Lyden totally owns his “space” and both gives off and absorbs energy like one of those spherical static electricity models you see at children’s museums. Engaging, visionary, charming, personable, a Jumpin’ Jack Flash who commands your curiosity and respect. Will …