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10 08, 2014

What is the ONE thing you would do to fix the economy?

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:25+00:00 August 10th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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.

17 06, 2014

The Fault in Our Institutions is the Fault Within Ourselves

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:28+00:00 June 17th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

The lack of confidence in the institutions that define our collective culture is threatening the civility, economic prosperity, and standing of the United States as a world leader. Let’s start with the government. The President’s approval rating is underwater and continuing to sink. A recent Gallup poll found that only [...]

12 06, 2014

Is It Always Right to Be Right?

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:28+00:00 June 12th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

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.”

15 04, 2014

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

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:31+00:00 April 15th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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.

24 02, 2014

What Political Races Can Teach Us About Standing Out in Our Marketplace

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:36+00:00 February 24th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

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.

14 10, 2013

Three Lessons About Leading Change from the Debt Ceiling Chaos

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:38+00:00 October 14th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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.

31 03, 2013

Congress, the President, the Sequester, and You

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:44+00:00 March 31st, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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.

1 01, 2013

The Year Ahead – Our 2013 Predictions

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:46+00:00 January 1st, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

I’ve offered observations about the year ahead each year since 2005. Lots of people do this, but unlike others, we grades ourselves on the past year. Here is what we predicted last year at this time and four key ideas we see on the horizon for 2013.

3 12, 2012

Advertising, Congress, and Car Sales – Oh My!

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:46+00:00 December 3rd, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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.

4 11, 2012

Leader or Liar?

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:47+00:00 November 4th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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?