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Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in Business, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Strategy | 4 comments

On Becoming a Passion-Driven Leader

I believe passion to be the single most important asset we have as individuals, SMB’s and corporate leaders. Passion differentiates us consistently over time, and it needs to be nurtured, evolved, and invigorated by the people entrusted to keep it true and alive. Two years ago I was given the distinguished honor of giving the keynote address in a conference full of Middle and High School Principals. What a pleasure it was to be in the presence of such passionate and dedicated leaders. There I debuted a framework for leadership and systems improvement I had been working on, and am still using to this day. Here’s a peek…

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Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership | 0 comments

Embrace The Amateur Within

Am I an amateur? I try my best to be one.

To many, amateur is a dirty word today.

In a much-discussed 2007 column in The Weekly Standard, and a subsequent book, Andrew Keen argued “Web 2.0 technologies…enable amateurs to make dumbed-down replicas of professional work,” and crowd out professional creative types. This fear goes well beyond the creative world. Journalism, finance, medicine and law are among the many professions whose members have been, to some extent, crowded out by tools and enhanced access to content that enable amateurs to demand less of their services.

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