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Dad—you Got Fat

By |2019-03-28T14:57:19+00:00March 28th, 2019|

“Dad, you got fat.” So said my loving daughter after a regrettable “bulking” strategy gone wrong. (She also helpfully poked me in the middle, just in case I missed her point.) Outside perspective can sting, but if it comes from a place of real concern and trust, totally worth it.

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Put it Out There

By |2019-03-27T16:48:01+00:00March 27th, 2019|

Aren’t you glad people have done “silly” or “risky” things? I am glad John Denver was proud to be a country boy. I am glad Jim Henson played with puppets. I am glad Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga teamed up for A Star is Born. I am glad people like [...]

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Fleeting

By |2019-03-26T14:38:33+00:00March 26th, 2019|

Windows of opportunity are not propped open. Organizations must not only be quick to identify opportunities, but be quick to exploit opportunities.

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Mixed Signals

By |2019-03-21T16:39:21+00:00March 21st, 2019|

From my local country radio station: “That last song was from Kenny Chesney as we continue to bring you thirty minutes commercial-free music. This commercial-free radio provided by XYZ Auto Dealerships. Now back to the music.” That’s commercial free?? People know what a commercial is and they know when what [...]

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Painting over Problems

By |2019-03-20T22:25:07+00:00March 20th, 2019|

Don't rely on innovation to paint over rotten problems. For a house to get a proper new paint job, it requires a good power wash and scraping away of the old paint. If this step is skipped, the paint job will be less than ideal. In Edgar Allen Poe’s The [...]

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Get in There

By |2019-03-19T16:42:48+00:00March 19th, 2019|

Children and dogs give us the gift of reminders about being excited in the moment. Children can literally roll on the ground with joy about some great gift at Christmas. They can get their elbows up to really dig in to get a giant scoop of ice cream into their [...]

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Make it of Take it

By |2019-03-14T17:59:39+00:00March 14th, 2019|

Despite public rants and sound-bytes to the contrary, business is chock-full of good, productive citizens that care about both profits and community. Those working in free-enterprise organizations should be proud of the degree to which they meet the needs of customers efficiently, create opportunities for professional development, and add to [...]

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Innovation Killers

By |2019-03-13T15:42:16+00:00March 13th, 2019|

I don’t like much TV programming, but I do like Forged in Fire. On the show, contestants have to forge ancient weapons like swords and axes. The job of one of the judges is to see how well the weapons work against a dummy. The judge, Doug Marcaida, has developed [...]

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I see the Circus but where is the Cake?

By |2019-03-13T15:40:06+00:00March 13th, 2019|

The FBI announced charges in a college admissions bribery scandal involving a juicy array of celebrity moms and dads. While there were certainly crimes involved, is that really the highest and best use of law enforcement resources? Does the FBI’s Boston regional office not have any more cold cases to [...]

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Finally, An Expert you can Trust

By |2019-03-07T19:36:43+00:00March 7th, 2019|

I read recently about a transplant surgeon who, himself, was the recipient of a heart transplant. The case is notable, because the heart came from a donor who was known to have hepatitis. This doctor had long advocated that patients be open to receiving hearts from donors that may have [...]

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