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 …

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 …

Show and Tell

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Here’s a typical comment I hear from new CEOs: “I’m trying to effect a culture change around here.” “How’s it going?” I might ask. “Slow…” What might never occur to them is that they could be the reason. Most of the en vogue conversations on culture take the view that culture is everything — that it shapes performance, decision-making, attitudes, …

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 …

The Dangerous Dozen Reasons For CEO Failure

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Recipes for CEO failure are not new. However, tectonic changes in society and business are re-writing the rules for success. In my research and experience over 20 years, there are clear patterns of failure — most come early and are hard to reverse without that CEO readily accepting that failure is as much a prospect for them as success. Donning blindfolds and earplugs   To …

Stepping Up to the Start-Up Mindset

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Hang around most groups of start-up entrepreneurs and you feel the vibe. There is a honed, urgent edge to the pace, a clarity around their milestones. A relentless exhilaration infusing their mission, matched by the sheer terror of failure. Such has been the stuff of legends and the flotsam of defeat. The traditional advantages of a corporation – the ability …

The Power Of Unpolished Brilliance

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It was my first week as a newly minted manager at a major telecom company and already I was getting a sense of what upper management considered one of my first orders of business. Clean up Bob. Bob was one of the writers on my communications staff. You couldn’t miss him. He wore jeans that looked like they had spent …

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 …

The Power of Question

The Power of Question

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Questions are so powerful. The right question, asked at the right time in the right way, without prejudice or presumption, can reveal riches. Statements push; questions pull. In leadership, there is a time to push, to make the case, to project ideas and information, but the more enduring element of leadership is to draw out ideas, to uncover the undiscovered. …