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Funny Business

Funny Business

I am addicted to the “Bad Dad Joke” contests popular on Youtube*. In these, people take turns telling jokes only a dad could love while trying to keep a straight face. Humor (even that of the corny dad joke variety) is a great distraction and a vital contributor to...

Innovation Insights Week 4

Innovation Insights Week 4

Innovation Insights is a daily post on LinkedIn to help leaders strengthen those all-important innovation muscles over a period of 30 days. Below is a summary from week 4. Watch your language… Leaders need to watch their language.... For example, is your leader...

Innovation Insights Week 3

Innovation Insights Week 3

Innovation Insights is a daily post on LinkedIn to help leaders strengthen those all-important innovation muscles over the next 30 days. Below is a summary from week 3. The ABCs of Innovation. Confused about “innovation?” Many leaders are and it is not their fault....

The Love Connection

The Love Connection

I was struck by some thinking that was presented in a webinar hosted recently by my colleague, Nancy MacKay, and thought I would share it with you. Her topic was LOVE (yes, love) and how is can be a game-changer in our businesses. I was a little skeptical, but...

Innovation Insights Week 2

Innovation Insights Week 2

Innovation Insights is a daily post on LinkedIn to help leaders strengthen those all-important innovation muscles over the next 30 days. Below is a summary from week 2. Innovation is natural, but not common. Positive processes like entrepreneurship, collaboration, and...

Innovation Insights Week 1

Innovation Insights Week 1

Innovation Insights is a daily post on LinkedIn to help leaders strengthen those all-important innovation muscles over the next 30 days. Below is a summary from week 1. Post-it Power. Imagine harnessing the power of all the great ideas that you jot down on a post-it...

Success: Same Formula, New Answers

Success: Same Formula, New Answers

Those of you who have worked with me will likely be familiar with Tim Gallwey’s performance formula. His simple, but insightful formula is that our performance equals our potential minus our interferences. It basically means we all have potential, but that might show...

Getting the Most Out of D&I Initiatives

Getting the Most Out of D&I Initiatives

When I was a kid, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups was selling their candy by highlighting that two good tastes were even better together. Anyone else remember those old TV ads? Two people would bump into each other, then one would say “you got your peanut butter on my...

Half-baked Ideas

Half-baked Ideas

In a recent workshop, a senior leader remarked that he had never considered half-baked ideas to  be very valuable. He previously thought that ideas needed to be fully formed before they could see the light of day. The fact is that many valuable ideas don’t look like...

Using Urgency Intelligently

Using Urgency Intelligently

A key ingredient to get high value things done is the belief that it actually matters. And nothing turns up the heat like a shared sense of urgency. REAL urgency can be a savvy leader’s superpower, but it CAN be frittered away. Keep these four points in mind to make...

Seeing What to Save

Seeing What to Save

Visibility about what to support is one of the biggest obstacles leaders have when making tough decisions today. Line item expense numbers are easy to see---and easy to cut. What’s hard to see are the initiatives to feed…and that’s another good reason to have an...

Persistent and Practical

Persistent and Practical

The Boys in the Boat is the story of a collegiate rowing crew from the University of Washington and their pursuit of Olympic gold in the 1936 Olympics, hosted by Hilter’s Germany. While the entire story is epic, one aspect that stands out for me is the optimistic and...

Hard-won Gains

Hard-won Gains

It is a lot easier to stay in shape than to get in shape. And it is ridiculously easy to get out of shape. Nobody needs to hire a trainer to make them sit on the couch and over-eat. When astronauts go to space, they dedicate valuable time to exercise routines to keep...

An Innovation Lesson from the Pool Guy

An Innovation Lesson from the Pool Guy

I recently had a pool professional come and work on my pool. The water had gotten out of whack and it was suggested (confirmed with a second opinion) that the pool was overdue to be dumped, refilled, and started again. The pool guy’s job was to get the pump set up and...

Doors of Opportunity

Doors of Opportunity

These have been times of unprecedented changes, even for dogs. When we moved, our dog Candy went without a doggie door for two months. (We weren’t sure about the risk from coyotes etc and did not want to chance it.) Now she has her own door again, but is  confused...

Today’s Innovation Essentials

Today’s Innovation Essentials

Everybody is being encouraged to innovate these days, but what should a leader actually do right now? I would suggest leaders assess and address today’s three essential innovation areas: leader mindset, team beliefs around innovation, and structure. These three areas...

Accelerate or Hesitate?

Accelerate or Hesitate?

It has been a crazy couple of weeks. Many of our assumptions about how this year will play out have been jettisoned. But while all the protocols to contain the coronavirus (like social distancing and restricted travel) have created great hardship, there is also great...

A Dozen or So Key Actions to Take in the Short-term

A Dozen or So Key Actions to Take in the Short-term

While I am always preaching the value of leaders thinking about the long-term, there are several things leaders can do in the short-term to keep their organizations working the best they can today—and be better prepared for tomorrow. Be mindful that not all workers...

Two Thoughts for Turbulent Times

Two Thoughts for Turbulent Times

The news has been disturbing and many of you are making changes at work while adapting to new changes at home. Below are two thoughts that we should all keep in mind in the next couple weeks. Maintain your performance-enhancing disciplines. These include things like...

Physician heal thyself.

Physician heal thyself.

If the corona virus has reduced your business travel, here’s a suggestion for how to utilize that alone time… 1)Write down 20 pieces of great advice a high performer should do to be dramatically more effective in next 30 days. 2) Pick the top two. 3) Take your own...

The LIMFACs Slowing your Idea Roll: Squelchers and Free Spirits

The LIMFACs Slowing your Idea Roll: Squelchers and Free Spirits

Maybe it was just the group I rode bicycles with, but they called the slowest person on the group ride the “LIMFAC.” It was short for “limiting factor.” The group as a courtesy did not want to leave the last person behind, but the faster people were aware of the fact...

5 Steps to Intensively Boost Innovation

5 Steps to Intensively Boost Innovation

Getting better at anything requires discipline and innovation is no exception. One of the best ways leaders can instill innovation discipline is through an Innovation Intensive. Let’s take a look at what it is, why it matters, and the steps required to make it a...

Over-steering. Are you a Sully or Schettino?

Over-steering. Are you a Sully or Schettino?

Any week of headlines will be full of dire warnings. The last several weeks have been particularly alarming with all the news and speculation surrounding the corona virus. While the risks appear real to some very vulnerable populations, the response in many cases has...

12 Beliefs that Negatively Impact Innovation

12 Beliefs that Negatively Impact Innovation

If culture is a set of common beliefs that determine behavior, then we want to pay careful attention to the beliefs that are helping or hindering innovation within our organizations. Below are twelve common ones I encounter. Look through the list and see if those or...

5 Better Ways to Look for Innovation Ideas

5 Better Ways to Look for Innovation Ideas

Are you looking for opportunity in all the wrong places? We just moved and I keep expecting things to be in their old places (like under a sink) when they are now in new places (like in a closet). If this recent corona virus experience has taught us anything is that...

Threats to Success: On Competition, Cannibals, and Crows

Threats to Success: On Competition, Cannibals, and Crows

Don’t just wonder who moved your cheese, keep and eye on who might eat your lunch. Competitors are always looking to eat our lunch. It is a tough world out there, however you define it. That’s why leaders are so concerned with changes in market share and sales volume....

How to Have Conversations that Lead to Better Innovation

How to Have Conversations that Lead to Better Innovation

“Hey boss, I’ve got a great idea.” This phrase should be music to a leader’s ears, but often the value of the moment is fumbled away and can be handled better than with a simple no or "go for it." These moments are opportunities for exploration and to make sure people...

Intelligent Improvements

Intelligent Improvements

There’s a million things a person could do when they move into a new place. We can remodel a bathroom. We can get new drapes. We can plant new landscaping. The options can be bewildering. The same is true for our options at work. There are a million things we could do...

Is your Organization Bounce Back Ready?

Is your Organization Bounce Back Ready?

Those that recover from setbacks seem to be the ones that have the best capacity to start with. Those who were in shape prior to a hip or knee replacement get their mobility back quicker. Those who had prolonged periods of inactivity will likely take more time to get...

Maintaining the Positive Habits of Moving

Maintaining the Positive Habits of Moving

We have found a new house and I am currently surrounded by moving boxes in anticipation of moving day. Nobody likes to move, but the process of moving is an excellent reminder of key habits that can improve individual and leader performance. These include the...

Golden Ages

Golden Ages

In the not so distant past, discount airlines really were bargains. Today, while $99 fares are still advertised, actually being able to book a cheap deal is a lot less common. Rideshares to date have been both cheaper and often a better quality ride than taxis. Those...

Managing the Appetite for Change

Managing the Appetite for Change

When I was a kid, I’d notice that my dad would often have a random mint or piece of gum on the counter next to his keys and wallet. My kid brain did not understand why he hadn’t eaten it. (It’s candy!!) In this and in other ways I have become my dad. I don’t eat the...

The Pitfalls of Adaptability

The Pitfalls of Adaptability

A popular Marine motto is “improvise, adapt, overcome.” In work and life, people are often good at the first two and less so on the last. They contort and adapt to the situations at hand instead of taking on issues head on. People will talk themselves into a job that...

Leaders and the Mind-muscle Connection

Leaders and the Mind-muscle Connection

Tis the season for fitness resolutions. Many people are hitting the gym to get more fit in the new year. While fitness goals can vary widely, many will say they want to get stronger and have more muscle. But even the people that are very consistent in getting to the...

5 Ways Small Thinking Kills Innovation Efforts

5 Ways Small Thinking Kills Innovation Efforts

Amazing but true: Small thinking can emerge (like relentless weeds in a garden), even when the subject is as big as innovation. And when leaders think small, they cannot expect big results. Based on my observations of leaders (spanning a variety of industries),...

Key Players

Key Players

Key players matter. The Golden State Warriors are obviously struggling without their injured star, Stephen Curry. GE (once one of the bluest of the blue chip stocks) has lost nearly half a trillion in market value under less-than-stellar leadership post-Jack Welch....

Myth-busting leaders

Myth-busting leaders

Roger Bannister (who passed away a couple years back) was the first recorded human to run a mile in less than four minutes. The thinking of the time was that the human body might just be incapable of the feat. The prior record of 4:01.4 had stood for nine years. As a...

Completed but not Finished

Completed but not Finished

In a recorded interview, a prominent artist* of the Southwest US discussed his process and the concept of his works being “completed, but not finished.” In his mind, if he worked at it too much and attempted to make a painting or sculpture perfect, he was in fact...

Being and Doing: The Power of Character Traits

Being and Doing: The Power of Character Traits

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...

Wheelhouses

Wheelhouses

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...

Vision Erosion

Vision Erosion

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...

Windows of Opportunity Do Not Stay Propped Open

Windows of Opportunity Do Not Stay Propped Open

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...

Out and About with Interesting People: adidas

Out and About with Interesting People: adidas

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...

Boosting Innovation Volume

Boosting Innovation Volume

[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...

Leaders and the Posture Principle

Leaders and the Posture Principle

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...

Change. I’ll drink to that.

Change. I’ll drink to that.

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?

Nice is not the Gold Standard is it?

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

The Two Keys to Finish Strong

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...

Leader Glue

Leader Glue

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...

Get into High Gear with Strategic Shifts

Get into High Gear with Strategic Shifts

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...

Top Leaders Show Diagnosis Discipline

Top Leaders Show Diagnosis Discipline

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...

Conquering That One Darn Thing

Conquering That One Darn Thing

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...

4 Musts to Keep Your Top Talent from Ghosting

4 Musts to Keep Your Top Talent from Ghosting

We were preparing to get our dogs in the car for a walk. They had followed us out, but when I opened the door, one of those fuzzy knuckleheads was nowhere to be seen. One second she was there and the next second she was gone. We finally found her, but in the interim...

Alacrity Check

Alacrity Check

You have heard of a reality check. Today I am going to suggest an alacrity check. Alacrity (as many of you have heard me say) is moving with speed and enthusiasm. Speed without enthusiasm is robotic. Enthusiasm without speed is daydreaming. No speed and no enthusiasm...

Deferred Innovation? It can be an Active or Passive choice

Deferred Innovation? It can be an Active or Passive choice

Some companies actively choose to defer innovation. They make across-the-board cuts when times (inevitably) get tougher. They cut today with the plan to invest tomorrow. Like deferment of payments of student loans or only paying the minimum payment on a credit card,...

Three Ways to Reduce the Distraction Plague

Three Ways to Reduce the Distraction Plague

We see it every day: people driving with one hand on the wheel and the other holding a phone to read or text with. It’s a plague and not just limited to “kids these days.” Many people old enough to know better do it too.  And do you think that plague of distraction...

Leaders and the Advantages of a Rivalry

Leaders and the Advantages of a Rivalry

Free-market capitalists (yes there are still many of us unabashedly proud ones left) would all agree that competition is good. Competition between rivals is certainly good for consumers, but it is also good for companies too. Of course, if we are targets of that...

You’ve Got Options

You’ve Got Options

Options to improve are not limited to technology. For domestic flights, options for tickets used to be limited to first class and coach. Today, there are many options which (depending on the airline) may include choice of first class, main cabin, basic economy, size...

5 Leader Lessons from Clay Shooting

5 Leader Lessons from Clay Shooting

Keeping fresh is one of the most important things people can do to stay at the top of their game. I recently started a new hobby (clay shooting) and that has reminded me of some key lessons that are particularly important in running a successful enterprise. People can...

Lean Down 25 for Higher Productivity

Lean Down 25 for Higher Productivity

No I am not talking about 25 pounds or 25% body fat. I am talking about leaning down the 25% of things you might not enjoy on a day to day basis in your work. Research by Dr. Dan Harrison shows that people that enjoy 75% or more of their work are four times more...

Upon Further Review

Upon Further Review

Sometimes we need to pause and put things under further review. Hard to believe, but football season is around the corner. I am looking forward to the excitement of great games and great plays.  The great plays are almost always reviewed, especially when the big games...

Conscious Incompetence

Conscious Incompetence

While low engagement is flogged as a leading cause of poor business performance, incompetence is an obvious, but often, down-played factor. Leaders don’t like to talk about it. Even “experts” like to gloss over it. When relating my observation about the cause of an...

Excuse me Not

Excuse me Not

While on a trip this summer, I got a pass to a new gym. There, I was surprised to see an elderly woman with a portable oxygen tank working out with her trainer. I was impressed. Talk about ignoring excuses. When we see action without the excuses we applaud it. People...

Three Paths to Elevate Performance

Three Paths to Elevate Performance

Leaders shouldn’t just manage their time, they should marshal their time. To marshal something means to bring people or things together and organize them so they can be used effectively. Marshaling focuses effort on things that are valuable. A person can have an...

Productive Leaders Stay Real about Boundaries

Productive Leaders Stay Real about Boundaries

The men’s locker room at my gym is being renovated and all the lockers are unavailable. In the meantime, the front desk said they are taking bags and holding them in a locked office behind the desk. They tagged my bag and I was on my way. Nobody wasted time on what...

Getting Ridiculously Productive: Pre-vacation Speed

Getting Ridiculously Productive: Pre-vacation Speed

Have you noticed how productive you can be when “under the gun?” Think about how much you got done before you went on your last vacation. If you are like most, you probably got more done in those last three days than in any other three days in the last quarter. We can...

3 Keys to Keeping your Competitive Edge

3 Keys to Keeping your Competitive Edge

To stay at the top of their game, the very best challenge themselves with variety. Golfers are in the gym. Football players are in yoga. Elite performers know they need the stimulation that  comes from variety to continue to raise their bar. It keeps the edge, but it...

5 Honesty Checks for Real Results

5 Honesty Checks for Real Results

Some people have an intention to get in better shape, but don’t realize the results they want. They bought the bowflex or joined the gym and still saw no change. Why is that? The answers to that question will also give insight into our intentions as leaders, whether...

Are Manufactured Problems Affecting Your Business?

Are Manufactured Problems Affecting Your Business?

There's a facility in the US that has millions of mice in inventory. A researcher can buy a mouse with nearly any disease or genetic condition—from glaucoma to hepatitis to rheumatoid arthritis. Each mouse is a manufactured problem. Researchers buy these "mouse...

Leaders Don’t Waste the View

Leaders Don’t Waste the View

Taking time away from work allows us to recharge the batteries and spend quality time with those we love. Another enormous benefit from time away from the “grind” is perspective. Being out of the office and in different environs will almost always provide valuable...

Success Markers

Success Markers

Cairn (kern) noun, A mound of stone built as a memorial or landmark. If you spend any length of time out on remote trails you will see and appreciate cairns. They are left by kind souls to let us know we are on the right path or to advise of new paths. I saw a bunch...

Investments to Make Investments

Investments to Make Investments

Companies that have failed, struggled, or underperformed (like Kodak, Toys R Us, Bed Bath & Beyond, FTD florists, etc.) will often attribute the results to not making the right innovation investments. But why did they not make the right investment decisions?...

Strangers

Why do people wave at strangers? You see this a lot between cars on country roads or from passengers of one cruise ship to the passengers of another cruise ship. I think it is because we want to be nice and have good relations with the people in the world at large. It...

Resources to Succeed

I believe most people already have the internal resources it takes to succeed. I also believe that it often takes external resources to help people find their inner resources.

Trading Punches

The current big tariffs and tough negotiations with China is what happens when people believe the current conditions are no longer tolerable. I am not commenting if this is the right approach or not with China. But it is an example of an attempt at corrective action....

X Factors

I learned from an expert at Christie’s that there are several factors used to determine the value of a collectable like a vintage watch. These include condition, rarity, current desirability, and even an "X factor." X factors include facts like famous owners. One...

Mind Muscle Connections

Do you have good mind-muscle connections? Most people have a poor mind-muscle connection with their abs and their back muscles. It is why they have poor stability and posture. People are more likely to have a good mind-muscle connection with their biceps and chest...

Decisions

One cannot continue to make bad choices and expect good things to happen. This applies to fitness, nutrition, finances, AND our effectiveness at work.

Leaders and Time Under Tension

A reason many people see little results from the gym is because they don’t spend enough time under tension. Doing 10-12 reps without it being challenging is a waste of time. Chatting with a trainer or texting while going through the motions is a waste of time. Even at...

Apparent Safety

An investigation recently concluded that power lines downed in high winds were the primary cause of the devastating Camp Fire in California last year. While there was lots of activity to reduce the impact of accidents from regular people living and working in the...

Even a Donkey

This weekend I was surprised with the scene of a little donkey pushing a basketball all over a big pasture with his nose and forefeet. He seemed to be enjoying himself. Even a donkey seems to know how to play and enjoy where he is. Do you?

The $2 Billion Headache

When Bayer bought Monsanto they also inherited over 13,000 lawsuits alleging that Roundup weed killer caused cancer. One couple just got a 2 billion dollar jury award. Any deal can come with a side order of headaches whether a big acquisition, a key hire, or the...

Leaders Taking Flight

Why do flight attendants close the full overhead bins when people are still boarding? Later boarding passengers will inevitably open all the closed bins as they gamely search for a place for their bag. I think the flight attendants close them because they have already...

Leader Alert You are Vulnerable

Vulnerability is a popular buzzword in leadership circles. Being vulnerable is presented as a choice, but the truth is that leaders are already vulnerable in the sense that people already know their leader is not perfect and likely does not have all the answers. Is it...

Organizational Calorie Counting

Organizational Calorie Counting Simply “cutting costs” is the same as people saying they are going to starve themselves to lose 20 pounds and “get healthy.” The scale is only one dimension of health. Body composition, stability, range of motion, endurance, etc. all...

Leader Job 1

The head of the Arizona Department of Corrections is getting criticism because the department cannot seem to be able to keep the doors of prison inmates locked. Keeping an inmate in their cell would seem to be the key aspect of the job. While leaders have a host of...

Leaders and Over-thinking

Most leaders understand that they should not jump in and DO. (That is the basic form of the exercise of restraint known as delegation and empowerment.) What leaders should also restrain themselves from is THINKING for their teams and direct reports. This latter lack...

Boeing MAX and The Smartest People Not in the Room

As part of the Boeing MAX safety saga, it has been reported that the input of seasoned pilot test groups may have been minimized in an effort to streamline the development process. Not having these smartest people in the room may have allowed the seriousness and...

What Leaders Really Want: Investible Opportunities

What Leaders Really Want: Investible Opportunities Leaders often say they want more ideas from their organization. Ideas are actually plentiful. What leaders really want are investible opportunities. Investible opportunities are ideas into which the organization is...

Friday Birds

I like Fridays. Birds, however, seem to have the right of it. Whatever the day, they sing a little song with the rising of the sun and then go look for something to eat.  They don’t get hung up on the label of the day. I have yet to observe a bird suffering from a...

Eyes up Here

Why do some people lean in to read a name tag when they meet people at an event? I think it is because they want to know what you are before they know they know who you are. Color me an old-fashioned adult, but the best way to figure that out is by actually talking to...

Ground Truth versus Satellite Truth

Government spy agencies and the military rely on intelligence that they gather from a distance (by monitoring telecommunications or via satellites). They also depend on intelligence they gather from people on the ground. While leaders should look at the bigger...

Persuasion and Coercion

The power of persuasion is inexhaustible. That is because persuasion includes an acknowledgement of the self-interests of others. The powers of coercion, by contrast, are finite. One can only expect so much compliance, no matter how many rules or policies are put into...

Why do some leaders assume they don’t have it?

My pen ran out of ink so I went out and bought more refills. Back at my office, I realized I had bought plenty of refills the last time I ran out of ink. I had just assumed I did not have it. Why do we assume we “don’t have it?” I see too many leaders assuming they...

The Vanity of Communication

A lot of vanity licenses plates are really funny and clever. Conversely, a good number of them are inscrutable. These seem like they are an inside joke for the owner of the car. If our job is to communicate (like leaders do), then we need to make sure our messages are...

A Little Help

Sometimes a little help goes a long way. Help while traveling makes the road warrior's life more tolerable. The flight attendant who finds space for overhead luggage helps. Good signage at the airport even an idiot can follow helps. As a leader try to find one area...

Leader Graffiti

Why is graffiti so common? I saw a Native American Indian monument covered with graffiti, some of which was dated as early as 1873. I think graffiti is so common because people want to be remembered and recognized. As a leader are you just marking up the place while...

Volcano Value

In the crater of an extinct volcano in the Arizona high desert and for 45 years, James Turrell has been working on a a massive art project. Most people were clueless as to what he was creating. Just recently plans are coming together to allow access to the general...

The Leader’s Choice: Old versus New

After the Notre Dame fire, the French government announced a design competition for the ruined steeple —and sparked a fiery debate about tradition and change. Leaders, too, are often debating what to change and what to keep. They ask themselves “Should I stick with...

Productivity and Today’s Leaders

Productivity stagnation is one of the great mysteries of the recent US economy. Despite more technology, productivity is still stubbornly low. Economists may debate the reasons, but there is no doubt that at an organizational level, leaders themselves are a key piece...

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