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Perspective: 5 Friends Share Insights on Success

Five award-winning authors and speakers who just happen to be great friends get together to address important questions facing business, the country, and individual success. They answer this question in this edition: What ONE thing would you do to fix the economy? Be ready to be challenged. Continue reading

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Is It Always Right to Be Right?

The 1971 Oscar in the Short Film, Cartoon category went to a piece titled “Is It Always Right To Be Right.” It was directed by Lee Mishkin, narrated by Orson Welles, and written by Warren Schmidt.

The opening words of the film are:

There once was a land where people were always right. They knew they were right and they were proud of it. It was a land where people stated with confidence, “I am right and you are wrong.” These were words of conviction, courage, strength, and moral certainty.

In this fictional land, any attempt at cooperation and understanding were viewed as cowardice and weakness. Everyone was so convinced of their rightness that no one dared to utter words such as, “You may be right” or “I may be wrong.”
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What Political Races Can Teach Us About Standing Out in Our Marketplace

Who do you choose when there is very little difference between the choices?

Do you take the time to understand the small factors that might distinguish one choice from another, or do you go with what is easy or the name that you hear the most often?

There are four individuals running to represent their party for the office of state representative in the area where I live. All four seem like nice people, and all four are virtually indistinguishable in their stance on the issues. Seriously, you could copy and paste any of their individual responses onto the web site for any of their competitors, and no one would notice. Continue reading

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Three Lessons About Leading Change from the Debt Ceiling Chaos

There has to be something we can learn from Washington’s failure to address the debt limit, right?

There are three very important lessons about leading change you can take from the chaos over approving the federal budget and raising the debt ceiling.
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Congress, the President, the Sequester, and You

This week’s blog is a rant about the sequester that went in place in March. If you are sick and tired of the discussion, check back next week for something else. If you want to understand the impact of irresponsible leadership, read on. I promise this will step on everyone’s toes. Continue reading

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Leader or Liar?

This blog was first published in 2010. Considering we are near the end of perhaps the most divisive Presidential elections in recent U.S. history, it is an excellent time for all of us to reflect and ask ourselves – are we leaders or liars? Continue reading

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My Plan for Growing the Economy

The American economy needs to grow again. Not the 1.5 – 2.0 percent growth we have seen over the past months. We need real growth in the 3.5 – 4.0 percent range. That is the only way to put millions … Continue reading

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If They Don’t Trust You

Two incidents occurred in the past week that reinforces a critical factor in every leader’s effectiveness: The impact of mistrust.

Both incidents prove this truth about the ability to influence others: If they don’t trust you, everything you say will be twisted against you and nothing you say will be given the benefit of the doubt. Continue reading

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Rhetoric and Results

Amazing rhetoric makes for interesting water cooler and Facebook conversation. Amazing results makes for legendary leadership. For which would you rather be known? Continue reading

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The Presidential Election & Defining Integrity

There are several guarantees in the campaign for President of the United States:
• The other side – regardless of the side you are on – will be portrayed by their opponents as completely out of touch with the “average” American
• Every candidate will make promises that can only be kept with the cooperation of Congress, and every candidate will pledge to work with their opponents across the isle
• Personal attacks will be plentiful and usually cloaked in an argument about policy implications
• The choice between candidates will always be framed as two distinct visions that will determine the destiny and fate of the country
• Integrity – or specifically the lack of it – will be called into question by the candidates, their surrogates, and the media pundits

There is little any of us can do to change the first four items on this list. They are going to happen regardless of any efforts to restore civility and common sense to the campaign.
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