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Monthly Archives: February 2020

Leadership Scaling

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Fifteen years ago, if I told a client they should think about scale, there’s a 50/50 chance that they’d think I was suggesting weight loss. Today, my clients usually bring it up at a first meeting. They’re either anticipating hypergrowth or they’re right in the middle of it. Scaling is […]

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The Best (and Worst) Motivational Strategies

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Leadership is a lot like parenting. Comedian Jim Gaffigan has a bit about trying to convince a toddler to go to sleep (skip ahead to 5:20), which he calls a “hostage negotiation” in reverse. Many leaders can relate to this. We wear ourselves out trying different “motivational” techniques, all designed […]

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Four Faces of the Social Entrepreneur

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The Social Entrepreneur is not confined to one age demographic, personality, or background. Nor is she restricted to one single role. Mohammed Yunus, patron saint of microfinance, helps us clarify social business (which is often a muddy concept). Profit companies bring in. Social businesses push out. It’s that simple. Profit-only […]

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Third Places

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Stonemill Bakery is my Cheers, the place where everybody knows my name. I’ve been going there nearly 20 years, and I’m pretty sure we’ve both contributed to the physical growth of the other. And I think we all need a Stonemill. Or a Cheers. Third Places Twenty years ago, Robert […]

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