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Thought leadership expert Adam Grant noted a somber tone at the World Economic Forum gathering at Davos earlier this year, which he attributed to many of the international issues we face, but he was quick to point out a few bright spots too, including this nugget he picked up from world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. “Yo-Yo… Read more »

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My readings over this past year-end break and listening to interviews of prominent individuals closing out another year or in some cases their careers — served up reminders that in life, if what you do is important, then it never is just about you. It is hard to keep that sorted out at times, but… Read more »

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At the risk of sounding like I am stuck in “endless replay” mode, every day is a reminder of something we have said for years when writing about HR – “there are no simple answers.” And so, my admonition is to stop looking for simple answers. Look instead for real-truths and root causes to problems…. Read more »

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I find it fascinating the number of people, groups and organizations that take sides on issues and invest tremendous effort and expense debating the closely held, immutable principles that guide their beliefs. The result? Impasse and missed opportunities for solving much larger problems in ways that could benefit everyone. Fortune Magazine (fortune.com) recently published a… Read more »

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Borrowing from a colleague’s1 blog by the same title (that I archived some time ago), it is good to be reminded that how we talk carries immeasurable weight in how successful we are and what we experience going through life. Yes — it is that old adage, “if you believe you can or believe you… Read more »

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We can never stop talking about leadership because it is so important to anything that succeeds and there are so many aspects to it. But most of all — you have to get it right in the context of where you are and what you have set out to accomplish. A colleague recently shared the… Read more »

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For sustainability’s sake – make it about the money It is always about the money in business. Few things escape it — revenue, profit and share-price growth. The bottom line in any business, however, is influenced by many more factors than traditional financial reporting brings to light. As a result, a number of “shadow factors”… Read more »

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In the course of our work we have the opportunity to support business leaders from very different companies across many industries. The challenges they face in effectively managing their organizations and reaching company goals are extremely diverse as you might imagine. Or, so it would seem. In reality however, it is the usual “set of… Read more »

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We all know the word and term – commitment. We have been asked for “it” and we have asked “it” of others throughout our work lives. It is foundational to all relationships and a source of great accomplishments. But if you are like me you don’t often take the time to appreciate the true power… Read more »

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Permit me a couple of personal observations: Educated people are more optimistic; and good things take time and require patience. I believe educated people (both formally and informally) are more optimistic because they see the relationships of things; the details that go into anything happening or existing in the first place. They understand the cause… Read more »