Are You Ready to Be a Ripple?

A fellow executive and I were chatting recently.  We were discussing the serious challenges facing a potential client and how we might help this company solve some very severe cash flow and business operational challenges.

This led to my friend reminiscing on his career and life.  A synopsis of his musings are as follows:

  • At the age of 25, he had aspirational goals to change the world
  • At 35, he narrowed his focus to the United States
  • At 45, he decided it was best ...
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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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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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Be a Miracle Maker

You have to love Dreamers. Those that see the word for all it can be vs. what currently exists.

You have to love Doers even more. They see the summit of the metaphorical mountain and succeed in ascending.

The difference between Dreaming and Doing is instrumental in achieving true success in business and life.

Some believe that only a few are chosen. In fact, all are give the choice but few follow through.

What can mere mortals do to create lives others simply aspire ...

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Oh My Goodness

Do Good. Just do some good.

Much has been written about what it takes to be a great executive. Here’s a rare recommendation. Stop striving to be great and simply do good.

The shift is subtle yet profound. Stop trying to be “great” and simply demonstrate goodness, in your way, anonymously. Just for the sake of giving. Your soul will scream with excitement in your selflessness.

Considering the state of our world, a little more good would be great.   The tragic ...

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