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 …

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 …

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Making yourself crazy

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I had gone with a friend of mine to see his young son learn how to skateboard. The skateboard park scene was as you might imagine — mostly teens and some young adults exercising their own acts of defiance against the forces of gravity and friction. Pretty impressive displays. And then I noticed this one fellow who had all the …

Filling The Leadership Vacuum

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horror vacui Nature abhors a vacuum. The physics around filling an atmospheric void gives us thunder, wind, keeps dentists and surgeons tidy, and has gratefully displaced brooms in favor of Dirt Devils and Dysons. Vacuum can work for you. Including at your next management team meeting. In human psychology, we have an arousal quotient or requirement, which fuels an appetite for …

Breaking The Rules

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By now, most everyone has cemented an opinion—informed or ill-informed, reasoned or shrill as it may be—about what happened on that United flight last week. Perhaps now, if the frothing has subsided a bit, it might be worth reflecting on what was really in play and at stake for anyone else in leadership. Whether your ire is centered on the …

Thrashing The Water

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I’m not a very good fly fisherman. Actually, I’m terrible. The only time I seem to ever hook into one of those finned rascals is when I am under the watchful eye of some grizzled, taciturn fishing guide, who spends most of the time untangling me from the bushes behind me. Nonetheless, I am a stubborn, undeterred soul. So much …