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Being and Doing: The Power of Character Traits

By |2019-11-08T17:25:55+00:00November 3rd, 2019|

I am as interested in who people are being as in what they are doing. You should too. The reason is because behind every laudable action is a laudable character trait. When great traits are exercised, great things happen. The act of helping out a new person on a team may come from [...]



By |2019-11-08T17:25:48+00:00October 29th, 2019|

The Crossfit Championships are unique in that competitors have no clue as to what exercise challenges will be coming next. The activity, repetition ranges, weights, and duration are all secret until the last minute of competition. Some competitors are happy when they get an event that fits their wheelhouse. By [...]


Vision Erosion

By |2019-11-08T17:25:40+00:00October 20th, 2019|

I often talk about performance as that sweet spot between the upper control limit of vision (can’t see it, can’t do it) and the lower control limit of skills/behaviors (under pressure, one does not rise to the occasion one sinks to their level of training). Between those two limits is a person’s predictable level [...]


Windows of Opportunity Do Not Stay Propped Open

By |2019-11-08T17:18:24+00:00October 14th, 2019|

Think you are surrounded by opportunity? You are. Think you are surrounded by static, lasting opportunity? You aren’t. Many leaders are in environments rich with targets of opportunity, but you would never know it from their actions. They fritter and fumble away opportunity. Why is that? Here are some reasons [...]


Out and About with Interesting People: adidas

By |2019-10-02T16:10:19+00:00October 2nd, 2019|

I recently attended a luncheon at which the president of adidas North America, Zion Armstrong (yes they spell “adidas” in lower case) was interviewed. He has an interesting story and some compelling perspectives on business. Below are a few with my takeaways. He started at the bottom. His first job [...]


Boosting Innovation Volume

By |2019-10-01T19:03:58+00:00October 1st, 2019|

[Adapted from Ridiculously Innovative: Generating more Ideas Faster to Grow your Business. Available on Amazon.] A key part of success in innovation is creating enough volume. Too many leaders think that innovation is only about breakthrough products. They ignore the more down-to-earth opportunities that might be right under their nose. [...]


Leaders and the Posture Principle

By |2019-09-30T16:14:07+00:00September 30th, 2019|

Posture can be immediately corrected by awareness. By seeing someone with good posture or through a simple reminder from a loved one, we can instantly stand or sit up the way we are supposed to. But although awareness can provoke immediate change, those changes can be ephemeral. Long-term posture change [...]


Change. I’ll drink to that.

By |2019-09-29T22:26:08+00:00September 29th, 2019|

When people hear the name Captain Morgan, they are likely to think of the pirate on the rum bottle.  Captain Henry Morgan was a pirate, and an exceptional one at that. Notable exploits include the sacking of the city of Panama. While it is true that he was a pirate [...]


Nice is not the Gold Standard is it?

By |2019-09-26T16:36:29+00:00September 26th, 2019|

A recent Wall Street Journal article talked about the high value placed on leaders who play nice. Few would argue that being nice is important, but how important? In betting on horses, a person can place a bet on whether a horse will win, place, or show. The “win” bet [...]


The Two Keys to Finish Strong

By |2019-09-17T15:30:16+00:00September 17th, 2019|

Success requires a start, but it is the ending by which we are judged. High-speed fiber internet connections between big transmission hubs do not matter if the “last mile” connections to customers are slow. A calm sea voyage of a hundred miles does not  matter if the ship ends up [...]