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Steve Graves

Think // Plan // Do

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I don’t just coach CEOs. I own or co-own some small businesses as well. In a couple of them I am instituting a framework called Think/Plan/Do. I’m convinced that every successful business and organization devotes time and energy to each of these three activities: Think—How might we _________? Plan—What’s the […]

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The Four Dangers of Success

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I’ve become convinced that most people handle failure much better than they handle success. Failure can make a man, and success can ruin a man. I’ve seen it in the lives of the business leaders with whom I’ve worked. I’ve seen it in politicians. I’ve seen it in athletes, in […]

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Macro, Micro and Non-Managers

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Micromanagement comes naturally at a start-up. You know this if you’re a founder. You micromanage either because you’re the only employee or because every detail feels so important to get right. But then the business grows. And you’re no longer a one-man band. You realize that you’re not going to […]

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5 Tests of a Leader

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Some storms brew on the horizon. We can see them coming and we have time to maneuver. Other storms just drop out of the sky suddenly like a raging tornado, wreaking havoc on anything in its path. The storms of the heart are no different. But make no mistake about […]

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Feeling Confident AND Being Humble

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Do the lyrics of the following song make you think of anyone in particular? “Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble/ When you’re perfect in every way./ I can’t wait to look in the mirror/ ’Cause I get better-looking each day.”  Mac Davis wrote the original version of “It’s Hard to […]

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Making the Ethical Choice in a Gray World

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Some people see everything in black and white, right and wrong, good and evil. Others see an ocean of gray with nothing really ever firmly planted on one side or the other. I actually believe the better idea is something in the middle of both polar positions. To be honest, […]

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Delivering Friday’s Payroll AND Inventing the Future

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There are two key parallel undertakings to every organization’s viability: Creating future opportunity and delivering on yesterday’s promises. One focuses forward; the other keeps a watch backwards. One is about the windshield; the other is about the rearview mirror.  Most people’s tendency is to be either a visionary or a […]

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