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Let’s not go back

Let’s not go back

In several heartfelt conversations with clients, colleagues and friends, I am hearing a consistent theme: Let’s not go back. Let’s not go back to the insanity of working at the expense of everything else in life. Let’s not go back to the notion that more is better....

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Leadership in Action

Leadership in Action

Hierarchal structures traditionally look to the top for leadership. For example, in a non-profit organization we look to the Executive Director; in a for-profit company we look to the CEO; in our nation, we ultimately look to the president. But what happens when there...

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You can’t fake leadership

You can’t fake leadership

"The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office." General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander in Europe 1943 –...

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Memento Mori

Memento Mori

Remember that you must die. Most of us don’t like to consider our mortality. Yet there is but one door through which we exit life, and it is called death. What better reminder to make the most of each day? What better motivation to treat those with whom we work, and...

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Focus in a distracting world

Focus in a distracting world

“I can’t keep my mind on my business. I wake up every morning thinking about the state of the world.” That’s how a conversation began with one of my clients. Since it’s Sunday, let me make a confession: I feel the same way. I was brought up in the Christian faith, and...

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Are You Failing at 8?

Are You Failing at 8?

I was stunned to realize that I had been overperforming – accidentally – at the gym. For some reason, I misread the target reps on one of my exercises during the past month and was cranking out 12 instead of 8 reps per set. It was a bit of a struggle to hit 12...

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Can You Keep Your Word for 30 Days?

Can You Keep Your Word for 30 Days?

Think about how many times you give your word during the day: I’ll call you this evening. Let’s have lunch this week. I’ll check in with the team and get back to you before close of business. The proposal will be on your desk by Friday. We’re not going to skip date...

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Soixante*

Soixante*

Tomorrow I celebrate my 60th Birthday. I’ve been writing and rewriting this post for about a week. I kept telling myself that it had to be something spectacular, something that people would be talking about a year from now. I thought it would be multiple pages long –...

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Committed to an Idea or to an Action?

Committed to an Idea or to an Action?

I’ve been fantasizing about organizing our closet for the better part of a decade. Seriously. It goes something like this: See the problem Ignore the problem Get upset that the problem is still there Vow to do something about the problem Visualize an organized closet...

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Notre Dame: Calling Us All To Greatness

Notre Dame: Calling Us All To Greatness

My heart ached as I watched the Cathedral of Notre Dame burn while flying from Salt Lake City to Oakland. Being in the air at the time made me feel even more helpless. I wanted to be there, in the heart of the City that we love more than any other on earth, in...

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