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Why Responsive Government is an Oxymoron … and Why Your Elected Officials are to Blame

The government we want is nimble, flexible, and responsive. The government we experience, in many cases, is slow, cumbersome, and totally unresponsive.

Let’s put this another way: We want our government to operate like our favorite business. We believe, in contrast, that our government is the poster child for lumbering bureaucratic inefficiency and employees who are out of touch with the realities of the marketplace.

Twenty plus years of working with private and public sector organizations has taught me that the truth is actually somewhere between the two extremes.
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The Truth About Liars

Liars – we’ve all seen them, fallen victim to them, and if we are truthful, joined their ranks from time to time. Some do it for malicious reasons. Others do so out of a sense of kindness or benign indifference. But, we all do it.

There are times when that article of clothing makes us look fat. There are times when we feel like crap, and there are times when we feel the pressure to say what is untrue to cover for our lack of performance.

And that is why you need to read The Truth About Lies in the Workplace. Continue reading

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Opportunity Lost

In its “Economic Prospects for the Year 2000,” the writers at Business Week saw a glass half-empty and chose to see it as mostly full.

The world painted in its 1989 article would have been a great place. The vision that they created was completely possible. We missed the opportunity. We lacked the rigor in our thinking and failed to consider all the possible implications of our choices. We lacked the discipline to execute toward the vision. And, we lacked the courage to confront reality and put long-term success ahead of short-term reward. Continue reading

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Advertising, Congress, and Car Sales – Oh My!

The Gallup organization just released its latest survey results about the perceptions of honesty and ethics for 22 professions.

There are honest and ethical people in every profession. Rankings such as this reinforce a very important principle: Scandal paints with a roller not a brush. When enough people in any profession act dishonestly and unethically, it hurts everyone in the profession. Continue reading

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An Attitude of Gratitude – Moving from Success to Significance

The people who have moved from success to significance in the personal lives don’t give because they are successful. They are successful because they give. They are not merely thankful for their success. They are thankful for the opportunity to strive.

Research cited by Dr. Robert Emmons in his book, Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, suggests that people who operate from a heightened place of gratitude and thankfulness typically experience better overall health, fewer physical symptoms, higher income, more energy, larger social networks and stronger marriages. 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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The Exploitation of Honey Boo Boo

What would you do to secure your 15 minutes of fame? How about to increase your financial well-being?

Would you exploit your child on national television? Would you reinforce and applaud behavior that is likely to create lifetime problems for your child? Would you become the family that everyone loves to ridicule? For the parents of Honey Boo Boo, the uber-precocious child with her own show airing on TLC, the answer is yes and a lot more. Continue reading

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What Is Your Key Question?

The “Weeds” series finale on the Showtime network left a lot of people disappointed. I was one of them until it hit me: The entire ending was about Nancy Botwin’s key question.

What is your key question? Embracing your question provides the measuring stick for your success. It lights the path toward the results you need to achieve in order to be fulfilled. And, it defines what it means to be significant and contribute.
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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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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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