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28 07, 2013

Good Change – Bad Change

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:41+00:00 July 28th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Don Draper, the fictional advertising guru on the television show “Mad Men” says, “Change is neither good or bad. It simply is.” Good luck convincing your team of that. We all want the change we introduce to be accepted based on the inherent trust of followers that we have the [...]

23 07, 2013

The New Normal Has Happened Before

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:41+00:00 July 23rd, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

“When will things get back to normal?” That question has been asked countless times since the economic meltdown of 2008. Most people want to know when the job market will bounce back; the economy will return to something close to sustained growth; uncertainty will subside; or the rate of change will slow to a more manageable pace. But, what if this is it? What if instability, rapid change, and uncertainty are the new normal? And, what if I’m wrong and things bounce back quickly? If you can succeed now, you will crush it then.

14 07, 2013

Dodos and Coyotes: Only the Nimble Survive

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:41+00:00 July 14th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Your long-term success will quite possibly come down to a simple question: Are you a dodo bird or a coyote? Learn if you have what it takes to thrive in a world of constant change.

9 06, 2013

The Scary Side of Mentoring

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:42+00:00 June 9th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The old-fashioned view of mentoring is someone outside a learner’s chain of command who equips that learner with new skills and knowledge. It is an archaic expert to novice or smart to unwise philosophy. The goal is the transfer of information or expertise, much like pouring knowledge into the head of a passive learner. It is the model that antiquated teachers used to teach facts students only recalled long enough to score favorably on the test.

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.

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.

24 03, 2013

Fernando, Fred, and Results

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:45+00:00 March 24th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Fred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results is loaded with practical examples and compelling stories of how individuals, companies, and entire communities have decided to distinguish themselves through service to others.

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.

31 12, 2012

Connected, Aware, and Relevant

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:46+00:00 December 31st, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

My December 31, 2012 social media post drew a lot of likes and one great question. Here is the post: We shouldn’t fear getting old. We should fear becoming disconnected, unaware, and irrelevant. The response from friends, fans, and followers was great because of the age span represented. I heard from people in their twenties and people in their sixties. Here’s the great question I received: How do you change your mindset to keep from becoming disconnected, unaware, and irrelevant?