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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 [...]


Leader Glue

By |2019-09-15T22:08:59+00:00September 15th, 2019|

As we sailed by Cuba to our port side this weekend, I was reminded of the importance of leadership. Leadership can pull a country up and leadership can push a country down. Leaders I work with will sometimes comment (with a good deal of honest humility) that “this place will [...]


Get into High Gear with Strategic Shifts

By |2019-09-04T21:09:37+00:00September 4th, 2019|

While leaders are often looking for that next new thing to be more competitive, there is an incredible amount of value that can occur if leaders would take the time to consider some strategic shifts. Maybe you don’t need a new wheel. Maybe you can just shift the one you’ve [...]


Top Leaders Show Diagnosis Discipline

By |2019-08-30T15:47:58+00:00August 30th, 2019|

In WWII, injured soldiers and civilians presented vague symptoms of irritated skin and respiratory distress. Baffled doctors simply labeled the cases “dermatitis YTD.” YTD meaning “yet to diagnose.” Unable to receive the correct diagnosis, many died.* The most important skill in medicine is the ability to diagnose. There may be [...]


Conquering That One Darn Thing

By |2019-08-29T23:33:45+00:00August 29th, 2019|

Often people will have one (darn) thing that is having an out-sized impact on performance or enjoyment. It’s like the Pareto Principle for problems. One thing can account for a large part of angst or irritation. On the flip side, the resolution of that one thing can have an out-sized [...]