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Organizational Strategy

Get STUC: Forming Good Financials

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The most sophisticated company in the world and the small engine repair shop at which I dropped my weed blower off last week have at least one thing in common: they’d better keep an eye on their bank account—that is, their cash position. Some would say it’s easier for a […]

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Unlock Your Company’s Secret Weapon

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The definition of a secret weapon is, “A thing or person which we believe will help us achieve something which other people do not know about.” A football team can have one; movies can have one; companies can have one. I believe every company and organization can build a secret […]

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3 Principles for Managing a Crisis

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Is it just me or does the idea of “crisis” dominate contemporary media? Seemingly every time you turn on the TV, pick up the newspaper, or check your phone updates, you’re greeted by an announcement of the latest harbinger of death or impending collapse of social order. The Financial Crisis. […]

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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 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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Rock Solid Hiring

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I write a lot about hiring because I get a ton of questions about hiring from my clients. I also write a lot about hiring because I am convinced that great hires eliminate massive amounts of problems and create immeasurable opportunity. According to multiple studies, new leadership hires fail, about […]

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High Performance Through the Roof

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About a month ago I was sitting in my office, on yet another Zoom call, when a black cloud rolled in. It was not one of those figurative black clouds like a tense relational moment or a catastrophic balance sheet. It was an actual, literal, black cloud. A few minutes […]

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Collective Wisdom

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We are enamored with experts and their expertise. Expert analysis from expert analysts. Expert testimony from expert witnesses. Expert advice from expert consultants. Given the choice, we nearly always seek the opinion of the expert. We want the expert, the guru, the genius, to weigh in, to point us in […]

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When Is It Time to Shut It Down?

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I’ve always been fascinated by how highly successful people choose to exit their field or end their career. Some “go out on top,” reaching a major milestone in their field, choosing to step away with their legacy secured. Others seem to choose their exit based not on a particular achievement […]

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