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How to be Persuasive in an ADD World

Everyone wants to influence and persuade. Worthy causes want to attract donors and volunteers. Marketers want you to buy their products. Teachers must persuade students to put their time and…Read more

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    Pre-decision making: How to Make Better Decisions under Stress

Pre-decision making: How to Make Better Decisions under Stress

A critical decision is one that shapes your future, things that affect your career, your relationships, and your reputation. We often agonize over non-critical decisions. Deciding what kind of car…Read more

5 Steps for Creating a Noble Purpose Organization

When our firm first introduced Noble Purpose, we had a concept, but we weren’t very systematic in our methodology. It was more hit or miss, getting by where we could…Read more

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

What the Big Airplane Decision Reveals About Your Job

There’s a moment on every airplane when you make a decision. It’s not a life changing decision, but it’s a decision nonetheless. It’s the moment when you decide - Am…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

What’s the Matter with Work?

When I was kid growing up, I saw work in a very particular way. A lot of it stems from visiting my Dad at work, when I was six or…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

Why Business is a Force for Good, Yes Really

Cut to the evil businessman cackling as he counts his coins while his workers slave away in the salt mines, giving their lifeblood for his riches.  We all know the…Read more

How Would a Five-Year-Old Evaluate Your Airtime?

What subject do you give the most airtime to? If someone asked your team what you care about, what would they say? How about your family? I regularly get a…Read more

Leadership Lessons from Monica Lewinsky

Leaders aren’t ruined by their mistakes. They’re ruined by their response to their mistakes. Monica Lewinsky’s recent TED talk, “The Price of Shame” illustrates how the right words with the…Read more

Why Carrot-and-Stick Motivation No Longer Works

How do you motivate people? You don’t. A leader’s job is to create the conditions whereby a motivated person can excel. It’s counterintuitive because leaders have typically been told that…Read more

Is Your Job Just a Job?

Do you consider your work a calling? Or is it just a job? The recent Wall Street Journal article, “I Don’t Have a Job. I Have a Higher Calling,” evoked…Read more

Internal Customers: A Flawed Concept That Drives Mediocrity

Does your organization talk about internal customers?  The idea is that employees who don’t interact with external customers have internal customers, key stakeholders for whom they provide services.  The IT…Read more

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  • Why Millennials Keep Dumping You: An Open Letter to Management
    I need to know it makes a difference to something bigger than your bottom line. If treat me like a number, I’ll return the favor. This job will quickly become nothing more than my rent payment. I’ll s …

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Project Deception: The driving force behind Volkswagen’s debacle

It’s another auto “scandal.” But unlike the GM ignition switch issue earlier this year, Volkswagen’s emission problem wasn’t the result of lower level neglect. It was proactive deception. It’s inappropriate…Read more

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