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Organizational Strategy

8 Steps to Handling a Workaround

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I’ve come to believe every company does it. Even the really good companies. Sometimes intentionally and sometimes inadvertently. I am talking about the notorious “workaround.” In the name of progress, individuals and organizations engineer processes and systems that work around the employee, boss, founder, or team member who is too […]

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Two Considerations for Every Business Decision

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Not long ago, I was on a plane to DFW, seated next to an executive headed home after meetings in Northwest Arkansas. “How’d it go?” I asked. After a little news, weather, and sports (light, usually shallow, safe chatter), we started talking about how success is being measured differently today […]

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Do You Have Founder’s Syndrome?

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I’ve worked with hundreds of founders in my three-plus decades of executive advising. Men and women representing all shapes and sizes of organizations.  Massive nonprofits and hometown businesses, Fortune 100 companies and boot strapping start ups. I believe founders face some atypical challenges. I love founders. I love the risk […]

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Four Guiding Principles of Relationships

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The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people, President Theodore Roosevelt once said. NASA has said the outlier of all space missions is the people dynamics. This makes sense. They can get all the science, math, and engineering figured out but the […]

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The Founder’s Dilemma—Being King or Being Rich

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Do you want to be king or do you want to be rich? That, according to Noam Wasserman, is the chief question among The Founder’s Dilemma. (If you don’t want to read the book, you can see his 2008 article about the same idea here.) I was thinking about this […]

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The Amazing Power of Purpose

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It doesn’t matter what’s wrong. Whether you’ve got a fever, a broken arm, or a missing limb, a visit to the doctor always seems to start the same way. After you check in and enjoy some time reading a People magazine from 1997, you’re ushered back to an empty room […]

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4 Keys to Producing Engaged Employees

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Engaged leaders are those who are “all there” when they’re working. They are focused, alert, and ready to run hard after objectives. Some years ago, the Gallup poll organization joined Towers Perrin, a global workforce organization, and surveyed 85,000 people across industries about employee engagement. There was bad news and […]

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Will Generosity Ever Rule the World?

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Generosity isn’t just about what you do. It’s about who you are. It’s a quality of personhood. Usually, we limit it to money, but generosity is more than giving excess money to charity. Generosity is deeper than money and wider than philanthropy. It is more than dropping your loose change […]

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