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What needs to go “on ice?”

  Driving to the airport at 4:45AM, certain things jump out at you.  On a recent trip with a colleague, a billboard proclaimed that Toy Story 3 On Ice was coming to town. This got us thinking: Is it a sure sign that an idea has reached the end of the line when it goes...

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Chalk Talk Part Deux

In my last post, I argued that it's often more engaging to share vision using pictures rather than one more deck of bullets.  Many readers agree theoretically, but I can hear them saying, "Yeah, but how do I develop those pictures and make that content come to life?"...

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Rock, paper, scissors… chalk?

You probably remember the childhood game: Rock beats scissors Scissors beat paper Paper beats rock Chalk beats Powerpoint (huh?) It's vision season.  Whether your organization runs on a calendar year or not, the turning of a new year probably makes you think about...

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Dirty Word #29 – Servant

  It's a time of year when disguises and costumes are in fashion.  Middle aged men dress up in red and hug strangers.  People dress up in party clothes for office parties and New Year's bashes.  Don't tell anyone, but I've even been known to shovel my driveway wearing...

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Be careful what you outsource

"I hate HR!" It's unusual to have someone offer such a bald opinion in a first meeting.  But that's exactly what a CEO of a very successful company did recently.  While I've heard complaints about HR (and other corporate functions) before, rarely have those gripes...

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If…

If you slept in a warm bed last night... give thanks. If you were blessed with a good education that stretched your mind and heart... give thanks. If you had a family member or friend who invested time, energy, and money in you... give thanks. If you stand on the...

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Streaks Update

Earlier this fall, I posted about streaks - those self-reinforcing cycles that create or kill momentum.  I'm interested in streaks because I've come to believe that beneath the cold, logical approaches to life that we all employ, there's a murkier layer that has more...

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The Credibility-Initiative Link

Do you ever wonder what makes some organizations responsive - prone to leap into action like a a sports car when you press the accelerator - while others sputter and stall like my college car? (That car was a brown 1981 Plymouth Horizon Miser in case you were...

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Anger has its limits

Anger works.  Frustration motivates. Just look at the election this week and you'll see this.  Scores of elected officials are heading home, replaced by a wave of new recruits riding a crest of anger.  I'm not a political pundit (thankfully), but I think it's pretty...

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Dirty Word(s) #28 – Bad News

Most of us hate delivering bad news and go to great lengths to avoid those conversations.  We think that bad news damages relationships.  A recent conversation with a very successful business leader challenged that assumption. The leader in question is chairman of a...

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Should I send that email?

Some of you may have heard the stir about Virginia Thomas' recent voicemail to Anita Hill.  (If you're too young to know who these people are, I'm going to hate you for three seconds.  There. I'm good now.) I'll leave the political commentary on that situation to...

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Go ahead, be rare

I love Seth Godin's blog (thanks, Jeff McKay for turning me on to it).  His posts often whack me on the side of the head and inspire me to take action instead of hanging back in the shadows.  And often I agree with him. Except today. In today's post, Seth talks about...

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