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What Flags Do You Wave?

What Flags Do You Wave?

The Idea: This week the state of South Carolina chose to take down the Confederate flag. Some saw the flag as a symbol of the pride of the south, while most viewed it as a symbol of racism and hatred. ... read more
Are You In Love With Flattery?

Are You In Love With Flattery?

The Idea: Leaders who surround themselves with groupies are far from healthy and are often living in a house of cards.  We all need people in our lives that are not afraid to push back and even critique us, if... read more
Why the Grateful Dead Matters to All Brands!

Why the Grateful Dead Matters to All Brands!

The Idea: The founder of the Grateful Dead, the late Jerry Garcia, once said, “We are the only ones who can do what we do.” This past weekend, a total of 210,000 fans descended on Chicago to see them perform... read more
The Secrets Women Understand About Leadership

The Secrets Women Understand About Leadership

Idea: According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, 78% of top managers and 67% of senior executives were men. Yet women are leading in 12 of the 16 categories that contribute to outstanding leadership.  The study doesn’t mean that... read more
Is Creating “Authentic Experiences,” Inauthentic?

Is Creating “Authentic Experiences,” Inauthentic?

The Idea: To claim authenticity is very different than creating the image of authenticity. “Authenticity” is often times code for we are working to create an image that looks and feels like an original, but actually is not.  We all... read more
What We Can Learn From Red Bull’s Approach

What We Can Learn From Red Bull’s Approach

The Idea: If you want wings, we will give them to you - this is the secret of Red Bull Energy Drink.  Red Bull doesn’t sell you. Instead, they invite like-minded people to join them on an extreme journey.  Red... read more
“I Don’t Want To Eat My Broccoli” – How To Do Healthy Dissent

“I Don’t Want To Eat My Broccoli” – How To Do Healthy Dissent

The Idea: Disagreement is healthy, but it is difficult to do well. We often times don’t see ourselves the way others see us. We can appear disagreeable or adversarial and not cooperative. There is a gap... read more
Is Your Sales Presentation Missing A Story?

Is Your Sales Presentation Missing A Story?

The Idea: A senior buyer once shared, “everyone has an idea for me, but most don’t understand what it takes to sit across the table from me.” So why do many higher level sales discussions fail and why are the... read more
Why The New General Market Matters

Why The New General Market Matters

The Idea: Tony Bartell, COO of GameStop, recently shared: “A new wave of consumers is quickly becoming the most powerful economic force in retail, and it is causing retailers to refine plans on how to meet the needs of this... read more
You Talk Too Much!

You Talk Too Much!

The Idea:  According to a 2013 Scientific America article, “On average, people spend 60 percent of conversations talking about themselves—and this figure jumps to 80 percent when communicating via social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook.”  Very little is... read more
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