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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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Without Wax

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I distinctly remember the first time I received a handwritten letter from Prof. Though I don’t recall the subject of his note, I very clearly remember his signature, one which has served as an invaluable lesson and a guide in my life. For decades Hendricks signed all his correspondence the […]

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4 Insights to Navigate the Foggy Road Ahead

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Certain occasions in life create clouds of confusion, fear, and unsettledness. Our current global fight with the coronavirus pandemic pushes each of us to find our physical, emotional, and spiritual footing. Nearly three thousand years ago, a young new king in the Middle East found himself overwhelmed. In 2 Chronicles […]

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Survey, Stack, Swap

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Does your stomach start churning when you survey the avalanche of work waiting for you? Perhaps you let out a defeated sigh that first time you check your email each morning or power up your phone after a long flight. What are your most natural reactions to being overwhelmed? Irritable? […]

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The Purest Driver of All Great Performance

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Last month, I was attending the Praxis Imagination Summit (and of course by attending, I mean that I was sitting at my desk watching a screen). During the course of the Summit, my friend Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes made this statement: “I’m realizing that for years my energy was really built on […]

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More Is Caught Than Taught

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“Hey buddy, you got a busy day?” “Hey ma’am, how’s your day going?” Same words. Same tone. Over and over. On any other day, I wouldn’t have given a second thought to the all-too familiar greeting at one of my routine breakfast spots. But on this particular day, it caught […]

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Canceling the Noise in Your Work

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My Wall Street investment banker friend found himself growing weary of his work, and his meteoric success put him in a position to do something about it. Even though he was only in his thirties, he told me he wanted to quit work and retire. In my role as his […]

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The Two Voices Every Leader Chases

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“I promise, Dad, it’s highway 62!” Before my kids went to college, we would sometimes do day trips from our home in Northwest Arkansas. This particular day we were headed to Dogwood Canyon, which is a couple of hours north in Missouri. The kids were old enough that they had […]

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No One Aspires to Mediocrity

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The forging of steel is neither pretty work nor easy work. It is dirty and sweltering and done at 3000+ degrees. The mill is usually a mammoth building, filled with suffocating heat and deafening noise. The hammering, the fire, the pressure, and the inspection are all done in the pursuit of a product […]

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