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Why People Don’t Say What Needs to Be Said

Last year I was working with the CEO of a pharmaceutical firm that specialized in allergy medicine. He’d just joined the company and was preparing for his first big town…Read more

The Big Problem with Optimists

I confess. I’m an optimist. I’m one of those people who always look on the bright side and believe that a good attitude can turn around even the most miserable…Read more

The Moment I Decided I Was in Love with Capitalism

I was in China a few years ago with my oldest daughter.  We were slightly off the beaten path walking through a village situated amongst several canals. Keep in mind…Read more

Find Grace in the Moment

Ten years ago, I had an ‘aha’ that helped me become happier, and more effective at work. It happened when I was in Chicago to run a seminar. From the…Read more

How to Solve the I Hate My Job Problem

Fifty-five percent of employees are disengaged. Eight years ago, I got a glimpse of how to solve this problem. It happened by accident. A large pharmaceutical firm hired me and…Read more

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    Why Your Backstory Matters: The case of the boring accountant

Why Your Backstory Matters: The case of the boring accountant

Have you ever listened to a boring accountant? Not to be dismissive of entire professions, but some groups have a reputation for being less than stellar storytellers.  Full disclosure, my…Read more

Our Black Ancestry: A Personal Story

When my friend Diana told me about her family legacy, I was stunned. But no more stunned than when she discovered it herself. Here, in her own words, is Diana…Read more

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    How a Slight Tweak in Words Changes Your Entire Organization

How a Slight Tweak in Words Changes Your Entire Organization

A colleague and friend of mine was staying at a high-end casino hotel recently for a conference.  One morning, he asked a waiter for a bottle of water.  A few…Read more

Why Culture Matters More Than Goals

What’s the culture of your organization?  Is it an environment where things get done on time, every time?  Or are deadlines more flexible?   Do you believe in having fun, or…Read more

Are Errors of Apathy Eroding Your Organization?

If you’re not making mistakes you’re not trying anything new. Yet in many organizations, there’s a greater penalty for errors than for inaction. The reason is that inaction often goes…Read more

The Mental Shortcut That Dumbs Down Your Mind

The human mind loves certainty. Left to its own devices, when faced with a challenging situation, your brain will create a dichotomy, a this or that polarizing choice that simplifies…Read more

The Horrible Awful Thing That is Wrong with Schools

Do you remember career counseling when you were in school?  Someone probably presented a bunch of career options and then tried to help you decide the best fit based on…Read more

Three Types of People That Will Make You Happier

Does life ever sometimes seem like one big long to-do list? With too much to do and not enough time to do it, life can easily become a grind.  We…Read more

Why Doing the Right Thing Makes You Money, If You Go First

CVS kicked their cigarette habit in October of 2014. They were generating $2 billion in revenue annually selling tobacco. But they quit, cold turkey. They gave up $2 billion a…Read more

Why the Arc of the Universe Bends Towards Better

Sometimes it seems like the world is falling apart. Race relations are struggling, children are being murdered, and even beloved cultural icons are tumbling. It seems like the world is…Read more

Three Big Mistakes That Ruin Good Projects

Where do you start a painting project?  Or any type of project? I was refinishing some furniture recently, and found myself thinking about the three classic mistakes that people make…Read more

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