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Long-Term Success in Leadership…It’s All So Counterintuitive
Oct

2

2018

Long-Term Success in Leadership…It’s All So Counterintuitive

The earmark of contemporary Western culture is an unmitigated drive for instant gratification. That’s why we drive cars we can’t afford with money we don’t have to impress people at traffic lights we don’t know. We routinely see CEOs running up stock prices by doing things that will hurt their companies in the long-term. But there are, as there always have been, a relatively small…

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Counterintuitive…Go for the Long-term…Do What You Don’t Want to Do
Sep

12

2018

Counterintuitive…Go for the Long-term…Do What You Don’t Want to Do

FACT: Successful Leadership is a most counterintuitive commodity. I first noticed a forlorn-looking office building on Nashville’s world famous Music Row in late 1981 with our country still deep in an economic recession. Our business was still young, and so was I—just 29. Money was tight. But, at a glance, I saw what could be done with this property. So, I inquired and found that…

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The Problem with the Ordinary is, that it is, well, So Ordinary
Jun

19

2018

The Problem with the Ordinary is, that it is, well, So Ordinary

It’s hard to see the big picture while living in a world filled with small thinking people. We tend to start projects with high goals, but somehow drift into the weeds of life, making it difficult to remember what’s most important. Take the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright who made their first airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. On…

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Want to Resolve a Conflict? Here are 4 Things Not to Do:
Jun

5

2018

Want to Resolve a Conflict? Here are 4 Things Not to Do:

The only thing worse than a conflict is an even worse conflict. Here are four ideas from my bestseller, ReTooled & ReFueled, which you might find helpful. 1. Picking the wrong time and place. Little good is accomplished when we are tired, stressed, ill, or focused on too many other issues. Sometimes the best thing to do is schedule an exact time for discussing a…

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Welcome to the United States of Victimhood!
May

15

2018

Welcome to the United States of Victimhood!

We are living in the age of the victim. We live in a culture that worships at the altar of the victim. Americans everywhere are looking for others to blame. If I trip in my neighbor’s yard—it’s his fault. If I hang out at Burger King until I look like a Whooper—somehow Burger King is to blame. On the surface this may be a comforting…

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The problem with the ordinary is that it is, well, so ordinary.
Dec

7

2016

The problem with the ordinary is that it is, well, so ordinary.

It’s hard to see the big picture while living in a world filled with small thinking people. We tend to start projects with high goals, but somehow drift into the weeds of life, making it difficult to remember what’s most important. Take the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright who made their first airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. On…

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How to Kill Conflict…“Nip It In the Bud!”
Nov

29

2016

How to Kill Conflict…“Nip It In the Bud!”

To quote the great 20th-century philosopher, Mayberry’s Deputy Barney Fife, one of the best ways to avoid consequences is to do the right thing in the first place and simply, “Nip it in the bud!” Succinctly put, conflict often happens because people tend to be gutless. I’ve heard it said, “If you want to have less conflict, have more of it.” I think that’s profound….

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Want to Resolve a Conflict? Here are 4 Things Not to Do.
Nov

23

2016

Want to Resolve a Conflict? Here are 4 Things Not to Do.

The only thing worse than a conflict is an even worse conflict. Here are four ideas from my bestseller, ReTooled & ReFueled, which you might find helpful. Picking the wrong time and place. Little good is accomplished when we are tired, stressed, ill, or focused on too many other issues. Sometimes the best thing to do is schedule an exact time for discussing a conflict….

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Remember: There’s Always Only One Best Way to Do Anything
Nov

7

2016

Remember: There’s Always Only One Best Way to Do Anything

Success is not determined by our hardware — it is usually determined by the software that we’re running. Most people have perfectly capable hardware…normal intelligence and decent health. The difference between winners and losers is in the software they run. By software, I’m referring to the things we tell ourselves, the way we choose to look at the world around us, our internal motivation, and…

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