Brutal Truth

One of the most underutilized tools in business is feedback.  Few know how to give it.  Fewer still actually use it. 

Doc Rivers, the LA Clippers coach said, “average players want to be left alone, good players want feedback and great players want to be told the truth.”

A grand paradox is only a small segment of any group can be truly “great.”  It’s a matter of statistics.  Remember the good old bell-shaped curve.  Ever look at an ...

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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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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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The BIG Question

Have you ever asked yourself what is the true meaning of life?  Most have.  Most don’t know.

Of course, the ultimate answer is very individualistic.  We all have our own values, priorities and end goals.  Life’s true meaning is a personal choice.

The last couple of weeks have been challenging.  A lot going on.  Really busy.  Physically and emotionally draining.  It seems like there is always a “burning platform.”  Another major issue to solve.  Being an executive takes a lot of energy.

The ...

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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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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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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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It’s Coming

No one has a crystal ball. Yet those with wisdom know a sizeable shift is coming. Can you see it?

The stock market has become volatile; it’s safe to expect some wild swings in the days and months ahead. The larger issue business owners and executives must grapple with is the tremendous uncertainty facing so many industries. Continuing to do as you’ve always done is a recipe for disappointment.

In fact, the more success a business has experienced, the more the C-Suite ...

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Just Imagine

“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too

Imagine all the people living life in peace, you

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world ...

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