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It Is What It Is … Today

One of the more frustrating phrases I see in offices and on leaders’ walls is the phrase “It is ...

The Cost of Winning at All Costs

I am a big fan of the Ryder Cup, the biannual golf competition between the United States and Europe,...

Accountability Sans Jerkiness

Sometimes I just have to scratch my head and wonder. I interviewed an Arkansas business owner last w...

When a Leader Screws Up

We all make mistakes. Some are simple and practical, but as leaders we can screw up in visible, expe...

Listening Tops the List

I recently found myself at an event with a group of very senior-level leaders and leadership practit...

Isaac Newton: Executive Coach

A few years ago, I took the executive team of a technology company off-site for what was to be a wee...

The Power of Personal Presence

Here was the scene. About 250 unhappy travelers were all gathered in a crowded departure lounge in A...

Contrary Wisdom on Meetings

If you were to parachute me into a company anywhere in the world with the assignment to find a way t...