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Are You Being Deceived?

Are You Being Deceived?

The Idea: The interesting thing about a lie is that most people can see right through it. When I am confronted with someone who spins the truth, misleads, or outright lies to my face, it’s disturbing, and yet it is rarely called out. If one believes Donald Trump, omission of... read more
A Question for You 

A Question for You 

The Idea: Einstein once quipped, “If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I... read more
Sorry, You’re Not My Type

Sorry, You’re Not My Type

The idea: A few weeks ago, I received an email from someone I had not spoken to in many years. This person was only an acquaintance, but they reached out to me stating, “It’s time to talk because I have a new business venture you need to be a part... read more
Is Your Company Likeable? 

Is Your Company Likeable? 

The Idea: Many of today’s most compelling companies don’t just sell products, they create emotionally connected relationships with their customers. These exceptional brands do two things very well: they design radically empathetic products or foster truly transparent relationships with their customers. They are also adept at uncovering and solving problems customers may not even be aware of yet. Everyone wants to be respected and admired, yet there is deep value in likeability. Companies that are... read more
Only 1 in 20 Are Elite 

Only 1 in 20 Are Elite 

The Idea: A couple of weeks ago we watched the Green Bay Packer’s Aaron Rodgers limp out of the locker room at halftime, after leaving the game because of a crushing hit from Chicago’s reinvigorated defense. The Packers were losing by 20 points when Rodgers returned with one good leg, and ninety minutes later, the Packers... read more
Does Anxiety Hinder You? 

Does Anxiety Hinder You? 

The Idea: Many of us understand one idea very personally. People that are highly accountable to “performance” are deeply susceptible to pressure, fear, and bouts of anxiety. Almost one in five U.S. adults have had suffered from anxiety disorder in the past year and nearly one in three have experienced an anxiety disorder at some time in their lives. Stress is corrosive and it’s the one thing... read more
The New Digital Blueprint

The New Digital Blueprint

The Idea: “We are in the wake of a massive cultural shift, creating uncertainty, new competitive threats, and huge growth opportunities.  Are you selling to Amazon or selling on Amazon, and what’s your philosophy to protect your Walmart business?”  That... read more
Your Third Eye 

Your Third Eye 

The Idea: Insecure leaders create impenetrable walls. In their world, thrones are challenged by strong personalities and opposing views. Across business, faith, and social communities, we have all been manipulated by top-down authoritative leadership. When team leaders claim to embrace opposing views but remain brittle... read more
What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story?

The Idea: Brands (and leaders) are increasingly judged by their reputations, character and their purpose. The Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that 60 percent of Millennials are belief-driven buyers, as are 53 percent of Gen Z and 51 percent of Gen X. Consider this, 57 percent of consumers... read more
Only 1 in 3 Ever Master Sales

Only 1 in 3 Ever Master Sales

The Idea: Research published by  Harvard Business Review  has identified something most of us experience each day: the majority in the sales profession are ineffective and are not creating value in the eyes of their customers. The study uncovered that salespeople can be sorted into 8 distinct groups: 3 of the groups, or 37 percent, are effective and only 9.1 percent ever truly master this art form.... read more
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