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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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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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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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