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Seven Tips for 2017

Each year, I am a guest on a handful of podcasts. I love the format; it feels like a conversation between friends talking about things that matter most to me, to them, and/or things I am pondering and…

5 Ways to Grow Your Leaders

“At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies.” –Larry Bossidy Every client I’ve had in the last decade eventually works around to the issue of “How do I improve the talen…

Are You A Tone-Deaf Leader?

Will you be my Simon Cowell? That’s not exactly what my friend said, of course, but he did ask me to be honest and tell him if he was tone-deaf. Not as a singer, though, but as a leader. My friend w…

What It Really Takes to Thrive

Which is more valuable: IQ (Intelligence Quotient) or EQ (Emotional Quotient)? IQ is the intellectual ability to sort ideas, manage knowledge, and direct thoughts. EQ is the ability to manage relation…

The Key to a Flourishing Mind

Stop. No, really, I want you to stop. Do you know how to? Stop mentally reviewing tomorrow’s to-do list. Stop replaying this morning’s meeting in your head. Just stop. Don’t stop reading, but st…

Tips for Making Difficult Decisions

Often, the most difficult decisions are not between black and white but between two shades of gray. A CEO friend who owns a family business is pondering firing his unethical sister. Another buddy is w…

How Content Are You?

Have you seen anyone using one of these lately?  I have, and I’ve got to tell you, it caught me off guard. I sat down for a quick phone charge in the ATL airport between flights, and a nice fellow …

How To Train New Employees

All three of my millennial children are experiencing “new” with their jobs. Two recently started new jobs and one just got a promotion and hired her first team members. The early report is everyon…

No Exchange, No Business

An idea is not a business. An opportunity is not a business. A market is not a business. And no, a product is not a business. These statements are always true, even if it is a one of a kind idea, an u…

How to Develop a Great Board

Andrew Youn did what most twenty-somethings would do with a great idea: He talked it up to his friends. It was 2006, and 27-year-old Youn had an idea for a new model for equipping the farming poor in …

The Hard Work of Rest

What everyone wants is the very thing that we need more than we realize. Rest. True biblical rest. A real break from the weight and pressure of life and work. It’s interesting, though, that we run f…

How To Avoid Underexposure

How many of your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, LinkedIn connections, etc., think differently from you? Are all your friendship circles a “footprint of one”? In other words, are all of your …