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The Power of Strategic Sacrifice

Do Less Better: The Power of Strategic Sacrifice in a Complex World isn’t the first book on focus, nor will it be the last. But the element that separates this book from the others is the “how” – how one finds focus in a business world that is more complex than ever before. All the way from the C-suite’s choice of markets in which to compete, to the daily to-do list, the “how” is one’s capacity to make tough strategic choices and tough strategic sacrifices…. Read More»

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5 Ways To Ditch Top-Down Recognition For A More Personal Approach

CEOs define success in terms of revenue and money. Knowing that, VPs focus on numbers and justifying decisions. Managers worry about costs while trying to make sure the team is strong enough to accomplish goals. Supervisors want to make sure the team performs well, and so on.

The typical top-down recognition needs to change, and in its place should be a more timely, peer-to-peer recognition program…. Read More»

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The Paradox of Pursuing Trust

Trust is the foundation on which most (admittedly, not all) relationships are built and maintained.

In business, a wide range of research validates that trust is also a powerful driver for competitive advantage and for most organizational success measures. However, before you rally the troops to form a circle of trust, a warning in this post to get clear on the Paradox of Pursuing Trust, because without an understanding of this fragile paradox, you may just receive the reverse of that which you intend…. Read More»

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Why You Need to Give to Succeed

For a brand – product or personal – to be successful, the concept of giving needs to be blended in. Giving enables a brand to be a lot less self-centered and become much more aligned to a larger purpose. Differentiated skills and talents are important, but personal branding will be strengthen more in what and how you give…. Read More»

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You Can Be More Through Serving Others

The capitalism of the 1980s gave service to others a bad name. Obsessively self-serving, it tried to teach us that business and leadership were all about looking after number one, and that everything else would follow from that.

But if the past decade has taught us anything it’s that such self-centered practices, while undoubtedly still prevalent in some businesses, can be as crippling to the people who follow them as to those they prey on. … Read More»

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Five Secrets to Creative Adaptability

n the face of continuing economic challenges, a roller coaster marketplace, Congressional stalemates, and unrelenting change, leaders in every part of an organization must develop a capacity for resiliency. A cornerstone of resiliency is adaptability. Mind you, this is not the ordinary find-another-answer but rather find MANY answers.

Remember: the organizations with the greatest number of responses to any given situation is the one that survives. The good news: a leader does not and cannot have all the answers. Engaging every part of the organization breathes unknown potential into life…. Read More»

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Label Your Business and Yourself Before Someone Else Does

Interestingness is the instigator, the hardy carrier pigeon that can carry your message most anywhere. Interestingness makes a message get heard above the noise. Money can’t buy interestingness, yet vivid comparisons can create them. To make your label stick it must be more interesting than others’ labels of your business, cause, idea or yourself…. Read More»

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5 Actions of Transformational Leaders

As a business leader, inspiring people to follow you in pursuit of your company’s mission is your job.

After all, your personal success is directly linked to the success of the company. If the top and bottom lines don’t improve, you don’t have a winning team. And if your culture and organization aren’t wired for sustainable growth, you won’t succeed…. Read More»

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