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TEAM MEETING:  Genius is Overrated

TEAM MEETING: Genius is Overrated

The Five BehaviorsThe cornerstone of execution is the ability to get the right things done on time and on budget.  Yet studies show that less than a third of projects meet this criterion.  Our research shows that senior executives... read more
The Idea:  Are You Open Minded?

The Idea: Are You Open Minded?

First Impressions are Wrong                                                                       Did you know that first impressions are wrong 70 percent of the time?   According to former Harvard researcher, Jamie Holmes, “We tend to see patterns where none exist and embrace certainty when none is justified.”  Our... read more
Three Questions

Three Questions

The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different. -Peter Drucker The Idea:  George Bernard Shaw got it right: “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." Odds are, most... read more
The Impostor:  Take Off Your Mask

The Impostor: Take Off Your Mask

“If I am estranged from myself, I am likewise a stranger to others.” ― Brennan Manning, author of Abba's Child The Idea: One of my favorite people, the late Franciscan mystic Brennan Manning, cut through thousands of leadership books with one idea:... read more
The Age of DISRUPTION

The Age of DISRUPTION

The Idea:  Bain and Company’s recent consumer products analysis stated that the biggest hindrance to CPG’s success in the digital era is the reluctance to be agile in an increasingly fast-paced world.  Leaders in the industry have distinct characteristics: they... read more
Please STOP!

Please STOP!

The Idea: On a recent episode of the always thought provoking podcast, “Hidden Brain,” productivity expert and researcher Cal Newport explained that the biggest similarity of great creative minds – Twain, Einstein, and even Tolkien – is their habit of... read more
The Ultimate BOSS

The Ultimate BOSS

The Idea: In a recent Inc magazine article, CEO David Walker spelled out his favorite interview questions for understanding a candidate’s potential fit, but one of the questions wasn’t like the rest: “What were the characteristics of the best boss... read more
Why is Telling the Truth So Damn Hard?

Why is Telling the Truth So Damn Hard?

The Idea: We live in a world of exaggeration, hyperbole, aggrandizement and stretching the truth. In other words, lying is alive and well in our culture. And yet, truth-telling remains the only way of protecting long term partnerships and relationships.... read more
The Smartest Person in the Room

The Smartest Person in the Room

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” — Albert Einstein The Idea:  Adrian Ward pointed out an emerging problem in Scientific American. He stated that “on average, people spend 60 percent of conversations talking about themselves—and this... read more
1 in 10 Activities Matter

1 in 10 Activities Matter

“There is nothing less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker The Idea: I like to start many of my forum events with a challenge: “there will be a lot of important ideas... read more
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