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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
The Habits Of Exceptional Partnerships

The Habits Of Exceptional Partnerships

The Idea: How would you grade the quality of your partnerships with your top customers?  Does your team outperform more than half of your competitors? Are you perceived as the standard in your sector? Bain & Company surveyed over 300... read more
Are You in a Power Struggle?

Are You in a Power Struggle?

The Idea: All communication disconnects are essentially power struggles. Who’s in control? Who’s right? Who has the strongest voice? Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling our own needs with the unstated needs of others. How does it feel to... read more
Deadly Habits

Deadly Habits

The Idea:  So you think you are knocking it out of the park.  Chances are you may not be delivering on the promise. Even the highest achievers are vulnerable to a few bad habits and self-delusion.  What's the secret to... read more
Amazon and The Great Divide

Amazon and The Great Divide

The Idea:  Like a bad divorce, the fallout of the Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods has inspired many top retailers to draw a line in the sand, encouraging their manufacturing partners to “pick a side.”  Are we entering a new... read more
NEWS BREAK:  Small Companies Are TRANSFORMERS!

NEWS BREAK: Small Companies Are TRANSFORMERS!

The Idea:  Gone are the days of big companies outperforming the small. Today, most industries are being shaped by emerging smaller and mid-sized organizations, many of which out-innovate competitors that are much larger and more powerful.  According to an IRI report... read more
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