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Monthly Archives: September 2020

Slaying the Giant: A Tricky Lesson on Ambition

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A few years back, Nike ran a marketing campaign entitled, “What’s Your Motivation?” In this ad, the protagonist is a teenager working to improve his game at 3:00 a.m. He’s driven by the motivation to prove doubters wrong, to make the team, maybe even to make the NBA someday. Clearly, […]

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Three Dangers Every Founder Faces

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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 they take […]

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The Five Stoplights of Business Deals

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I’ve been coaching executives for about 30 years, and I’ve never had such a concentration around the area of mergers and acquisitions. Start-ups and established companies, for-profits and non-profits, family-owned companies and Fortune 1000 companies. Across all industries, it seems like everyone is considering buying, selling and/or merging. Just because […]

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4 Metrics of Child Rearing

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A recent conversation with a friend about business recruiting actually highlighted a couple of parenting insights. I was meeting with a CEO who was evaluating his internship program. In determining whom to hire out of this program, he looks for only three capabilities: Work ethic Problem solving ability Relational skills […]

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4 COVID Impacts

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There’s a meme going around that says, “Whoever said ‘The days go slow and the years go fast didn’t know 2020.’” What a year. I’ve worked my way through a few mask styles, read some books I didn’t know I’d get to, let a prepaid annual parking spot at our […]

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