How to Create Happiness

For some executives, fame and fortune are the primary drivers that measure “success.”  Yet those who have become famous and wealthy often find it unfulfilling or fleeting.

There is nothing wrong with aspiring to see your picture on the cover of Fortune magazine or making the Inc. 5000 list.  Both are truly significant accomplishments.  Yet, there is a lot more to life. It has been said, “if you don’t go within, you go without.”  Success may be best measured via ...

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A Solution

A major problem plaguing many small and middle market companies is hiring exceptional talent to fuel growth and constructively break barriers preventing business improvement.

The unemployment rate is at 3.6%, the lowest level in over 50 years!  The pressure being felt by employers to find great team members is very real.

How can business owners, CEOs and executives maximize the talent currently on the team vs. finding new “unicorn” employees?   Here are a few simple suggestions.

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Love vs. Fear

Many years ago, a mentor of mine taught me an important lesson; always work to make the complex as simple as possible.  I’ll spare you painful story leading to the lesson.  Regardless, I never forgot the sage advice gifted to me so long ago.

Life in our complex world can be anything but simple.  Running a business is consistently fraught with balancing seemingly incompatible choices.  Yet, as executives, we are continually called to make difficult decisions.

How then can life’s grand complexities ...

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An Amazing Lie

Abe Lincoln said it best “No one is smart enough to be a successful liar.”

Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of Theranos, the blood testing start-up, for years misled some of the smartest experts in medicine, government and business is now another example of greed and narcissism on steroids.  If you’ve not picked up John Carreyrou’s book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup do it today.  Carreyou, a Wall Street Journal investigative reporter did an amazing job ...

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A Corporate Killer

What do Jeff Bezos, Peloton (the fitness startup) and the stock market have in common?  Change, massive change.

Bezos’ life is going through a major upheaval.  (Divorce, from what I’ve been told, is rarely fun). Even the richest man on the planet (for the time being) experiences ongoing challenge.  Professionally and personally.

Peloton, a true “unicorn” that is transforming the fitness industry, vertically integrates proprietary technological software, hardware, fitness products, content, music and retail.  The major global manufactures of stationary bikes and ...

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Predict Your Future

The world is an amazingly complex place.  Thousands if not millions of variables are constantly in play producing our “reality.”

Predicting your future is, however, relatively easy to do.  Changing your future takes a bit more work.   The great news, it can be done.  Let’s break things down and develop a plan to co-create desired outcomes.

To predict your future, we simply need to understand Newtown’s first law of motion.  It states “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays ...

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How to Create Change

A number of weeks ago while “channel surfing” YouTube, I “stumbled” on a video where Russel Brand, the comedian turned quasi philosopher, was being interviewed by Dr. Drew.  The topic was sad – drug addiction.   The segment was taped in front of a live audience of chemically dependent people and their family members who were trying to help them.

Aside from Mr. Brand’s unique personality, he shared a number of very interesting perspectives on life.  Russell, himself now sober, was confronted ...

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The Invitation

Parenthood is a lot like executive management. You want the very best for your people, you provide every opportunity possible to set others up for success, you establish desired outcomes and then you work to coach people along the way.

At times our teams step up and deliver the miraculous. Other times our teams struggle with learning new skills.

Like parenthood, great executives never give up on their people. They continue to inquire, ignite, inspire and inspect. With new insights, the appropriate ...

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Are You Ready?

No one knows when tragedy will strike.  Horribly Jennifer Riordan, a mother of two, lost her life this week while traveling on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 from New York to Dallas.

The pilot, Tammie Joe Shults, demonstrated amazing poise, composure and emotional intelligence in the midst of every air traveler’s worst nightmare; an engine blowout.  Hearing Tammie Joe’s incredible calm and composure while notifying ground control of the unfolding event was amazing.  She successfully landed the crippled aircraft in Philly.

Later it was learned ...

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The Magnificent Mile

For many, we are one step away from magnificence. It has been said the difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary can be measured in millimeters not miles.

It is the little things we think, feel and do every day that ultimately make a profound difference in one’s self and those we have the privilege to lead.

On March 3, 2018 Roger Bannister, a global sports icon and Sports Illustrated’s fist Sportsman of the Year, passed away. Bannister may not be known ...

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