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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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The 5 Directions of Management

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For many people, Michael Scott is the archetype of management. Maybe a bit lovable but definitely unqualified. Lacking in self-awareness, often disconnected and sometimes even dictatorial. We know Michael Scott isn’t real, and yet we can imagine that there are a whole lot of managers like him. After all, they […]

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Life on Life: The Key to Sustainable Influence

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Every success story I’ve ever heard has a common thread. The successful person or hero points to those influencers who have cast a positive shadow on their lives. This “influencing” is often very intentional. And everyone has someone to thank for their success because we are all shaped and influenced […]

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Both/And Decision-Making

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Often, the most difficult decisions are not between black and white but between two shades of gray. A CEO friend who owns a family business is pondering firing his unethical sister. Another buddy is weighing a second chance for an underperforming best-friend employee who is dragging the company down. Or […]

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3 Types of Transitions

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ESPN does many things well. They’re the best in the business when it comes to delivering daily highlights, news, and expert analysis. They’ve got the best college sports coverage, and with the launch of the 30 for 30 series, they’re even leading the way in documentary film. They’re also pretty […]

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The Know-It-All Who Knows Nothing

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You think you know it all, don’t you? You probably wouldn’t say it that way (and neither would I), but we all generally trust our own perceptions. Even as you approach an article like this one, you measure what I say against what you believe, your experiences, and the things […]

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Good Leaders Have a Limp

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Maybe you’re familiar with the story I’m referring to. It’s found in Genesis 32 in the Old Testament. Alone for the night, the patriarch Jacob is confronted by “a Mysterious Man,” and the two wrestle for hours. Toward the end of the night, the God-man touches Jacob’s hip, and Jacob […]

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