The World’s Most Powerful Tool

If there was one skill everyone on the planet would benefit from mastering it would be building constructive interpersonal relationships.

Relationships matter, a lot!  The challenge many professionals face is how to initiate, cultivate and sustain mutually beneficial relationships when technology coupled with endless demands continues to push people away from each other.  We’ve all seen the dynamic.  Four people sitting at a restaurant table all looking at their mobile devices.

In fact, the same behavior can be witnessed during professional social ...

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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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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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Becoming the Best

One of the grandest challenges every executive to front-line manager faces is optimizing human potential.  In today’s fast paced, every changing business environment, fueling exceptional performance requires well-honed skills and a never-ending commitment to providing positive energy to those we lead.

How then can impact leaders influence other’s performance?  Before offering a simple yet not simplistic solution, here are a few “old school” approaches to flush down the toilet.

Expecting Respect – Respect has always and will forever be earned.  Peer-to-peer or ...

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The Best of Both

“A true leader is determined not by the number of followers one has, a true leader is determined by the number of leaders one creates.”

“A true sales professional is determined not by the number of customers one has, a true sales professional is determined by the number of relationships one creates.”

Yes, metrics matter. Yet, over a successful career, what is most admired in highly successful professionals is the positive influence they have on other people’s lives. As we grow professionally ...

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Don’t Become An Uber

Much has been written about building a strong sustainable business.  Intellectually understanding a prescription for success is easy.  Actually doing the work is not.

Travis Kalanick’s recent fall from grace as CEO of Uber is yet another prime example of how arrogance and omnipotence can quickly cripple a leader’s efforts to succeed.

With the amazing amount of technological, economic and generational change currently occurring in organizations there are a number of key principles we might internalize to avoid becoming another corporate casualty.

First, ...

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