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Ben has a problem. He just took over the leadership of a company that until recently had been on a bad losing streak. Two years ago, the board brought in a turnaround artist who used a combination of hard work and brute force to arrest the decline.
Why do you do what you do? I was with an executive team recently and found myself silently channeling Simon Sinek, asking myself that question about these people: Why do they do this job? Their company provides a service aimed at helping families who earn $50K or less...
What would you talk about if you were invited to speak for no more than 18 minutes to 100 bright university students? At 10AM on a Saturday morning? In December? In balmy Madison, Wisconsin? That was the challenge I faced after exchanging emails with a client
Quick. Tell me the strategy of your organization. For bonus points, tell me how your team and your role fits into that strategy. And how it affects your actions each day, especially in terms of what you choose NOT to do as a result of the strategy. If you
When is the last time you changed the world and made a profit at the same time? Chelsey is a new friend of mine who helps lead Medicare Operations at one of the biggest health insurance companies in the US. I know health insurance companies are about as popular as...
Recently, my almost-15-year-old son was assigned a project for his computer science class at school. The task was to profile a technological innovation. Several of his friends chose self-driving cars. He considered studying a technology that enables faster online...
I gave up criticism for Lent. This seemed like a good idea at the time. I
My friend Amy tells of a woman who runs a company that makes architectural stone. She has many moments during her days - meetings, specification reviews, logistics strategy, customer visits. Those are all good moments, part of the joy and challenge of leading a...
I was in a meeting recently where a leadership team was grappling with their long-term direction. They