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Embrace the Coyote: Creating & Sustaining a Nimble Culture

The Road Runner cartoons are wrong. Wile E. Coyote is the exception rather than the rule. Coyotes are idea models for remaining nimble and flourishing in the face of change. Need proof? They continue to grow and expand in the … Continue reading

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Pay for Presence or Pay for Results?

How much paid vacation do you receive from your company? Do you take it all, or do you find yourself giving or banking time at the end of the year? Would you take more time off if you were allowed? Even if it meant that your team would underperform or miss important deadlines?

Sir Richard Branson is betting that the employees of his company will maintain an appropriate balance between getting the work done and taking off all of the time they want. His company is the latest to grant employees unlimited vacation time. Continue reading

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Leading Change Isn’t About the Model

There is no shortage of change models being pushed by authors and consultants. Each claims their supporters and detractors. I have one as well. It is the latest iteration of a model I developed and began using and presenting in 1989.

So is there a magic methodology?

It doesn’t exist. Each of these organizations had bought into a different well-known model as the only effective way to lead a change. Continue reading

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The Truth About Your Results

Your business, and your life are perfectly situated, organized, and operated to achieve the results you are achieving today. In short, you are exactly where you have earned the right to be.

Don’t you hate that?

Every great business and every really successful individual value candor and honesty. They relentlessly tell themselves the truth about their strengths and weaknesses. And, they are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to leverage and threats to avoid based on a legitimate assessment of reality. Continue reading

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Leaders and Posers

I have stayed away from any direct public comment about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. I don’t know the facts, and any comment would be pure conjecture. But, I do know what I’ve seen in the way … Continue reading

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Perspective: 5 Friends Share Insights on Success

What you should and shouldn’t sacrifice to reach your goals. From Joe Calloway: I found this definition of sacrifice: “to give up something for something else considered more important.”  I’m going with that. If you’ve set the right goal, you should … Continue reading

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Slow Down Time to Experience Richer Results

I saw the movie Lucy this weekend. If you like a good sci-fi action movie combination put this one on your list. It isn’t amazing, but it will make you think. At one point, Lucy (played by Scarlett Johansson) shows … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name Change? Part III

The first two parts of this blog series dealt with what went wrong when the National Speakers Association announced a name change and re-branding effort at its annual convention on July 2. Today we look at what went right. Continue reading

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What’s in a Name Change? Part II

Napoleon said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.”

When it comes to change, that responsibility extends to creating the context of why and how the current reality should and could be different. Continue reading

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What’s in a Name Change? Part I

The majority of the world spent the last five days living their life. A small slice of the universe who make their living selling ideas, however, were agitating themselves into a frenzy.

In case you missed it, the National Speakers Association, an association of which I am a member, decided to re-brand itself and change its name to PLATFORM.

This is a first world problem. In the context of all of the turmoil in the world, the re-naming of this 41-year old association ranks right up there with … well almost nothing.

And yet, people on all sides of the argument lit up the blogosphere and social media channels supporting their positions … even if it meant refusing to consider that others might be equally right in their own stance (see my blog on “Is It Always Right to be Right” for more on that phenomenon.) Continue reading

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