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 …

It’s more than a game

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Football, if not most sports in general, is our idolatrous avatar. The gladiators on the field breathe life into our highest ideals when they excel; we are repulsed when their fumbles or thuggery betray us. The coaches and owners are the bosses we always wish we had, or wish we could never see again. It’s a blood sport, on many …

The Value of Values

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We are heading into the holiday season, so we know that begins the advertising parade of: Retailers proudly announcing they will not be open on Thanksgiving. We’re bucking the tide of commercialization of the holidays because we’re all about family as one of our values. We’re not even opening on Friday morning until at least the dew has been warmed …

Leadership By Design

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When was the last time you walked through or looked up at a building – public or private – and felt moved? Where was it? What did it stir in you – a sense of history, drive, hope, ambition, care, purpose? When was the last time you worked with a leader who made you feel the same way? Daniel Libeskind is …

Finding Your Voice

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A long time ago, I had B.B. King’s album Live At The Regal.  I also had an acoustic jazz guitar given to me by my fourth-grade teacher, who sensed I would develop a more enduring affection for music if I wasn’t planted on a piano bench ham-handing passages from Chopin. I was fascinated by the sounds that poured out of my …

Just Four Words

Just Four Words

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Be. Do. Well. Good. I’ve been tumbling those four little words around in my mind for several years now, even using some combination of them as a whimsical email signature. It is becoming clearer to me that those four words – in the right combination and sequences – really capture the essence of what it takes to be an effective …