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27 05, 2013

Past Success Proves You Were Right … Once

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:43+00:00 May 27th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

You own your logo and marketing message. Your customers own your brand relevance in the marketplace. And when your customers say you are irrelevant, no amount of advertising, positive press, or sales promotions will convince them otherwise. Two iconic American brands are proving that every day.

8 04, 2013

Opportunity Lost

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:44+00:00 April 8th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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.

12 03, 2013

Stop Complainers; Eliminate the Energy Drain & Get More Results

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:45+00:00 March 12th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Are your people complaining? Do you see more work drama than work? Then, you’re not unusual. Seventy-seven percent of people spend at least 3-6 hours a week dealing with complainers and energy draining situations. However, before you start polishing up on your coaching and counseling communication skills, look at what’s creating the creating the negative behavior.

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?

28 10, 2012

My Plan for Growing the Economy

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:47+00:00 October 28th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 of people back to work; advance our quality of life; [...]

14 10, 2012

The Exploitation of Honey Boo Boo

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:47+00:00 October 14th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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.

7 10, 2012

What Is Your Key Question?

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:47+00:00 October 7th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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.

16 09, 2012

If They Don’t Trust You

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:48+00:00 September 16th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

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.