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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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Growth or Control? Which Will You Choose?

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As an old cowboy once said, “You can’t ride two horses at the same time.” Sometimes we just have to choose between options and live with the outcome. This reality is very true when it comes to setting the organizing principle for any enterprise. You can’t be headed north and […]

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Tip for Leaders: Hire Slow, Fire Fast

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Most managers know the feeling—that potent mixture of embarrassment, pity, and frustration. It seems to start somewhere in your gut, and usually ends with a barely perceptible wince or sigh. Perhaps it came after a particularly tone-deaf comment or an awkward interaction with a client. Or, maybe it was a […]

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Can You Win Without Someone Else Losing?

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Everybody talks about a win/win, even Michael Scott.  The problem is, most people operate from a framework that doesn’t really allow for win/win. At their core, most people really believe that for me to win, someone else has to lose. Let me give you a conceptual example—for instance, power. Most […]

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The 4 Wheels of Effective Strategy

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“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”  Winston Churchill said that. Michael Porter, the godfather of business strategy, defines strategy as “deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique mix of value.” In other words, you’re changing something about what you do. Therefore, […]

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