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Say Yes

During the past year I received feedback from many of you about content in this newsletter, my speeches, and other media.  Most of the feedback is introduced with something like “that article confirmed something I believe about…”  One person wrote, “I found myself saying yes…”  Here are some of the most common themes that readers…

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6 Tell-Tale Signs You Are Ready To Move On

I remember over a decade ago that I was beginning to consider leaving the company I helped to found 20 years before. It was difficult for me to visualize because so much of my life had been tied to the “blood, sweat, and tears” of building a successful business including great friendships. Like many business…

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How To Leave A Legacy: 5 Ways

There is a common misunderstanding that a legacy is what is given to people after a life transition, the most common example being personal property assigned to someone in a will.  A true legacy is defined partially by the “what,” but most importantly by the difference it makes in our lives.  The more powerful the legacy, the bigger the…

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Everyone Gets Fired

The veteran Wall Street Journal columnist, Hal Lancaster, once wrote that “getting fired is nature’s way of telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place.” That perspective makes incredible sense to most of us because everyone has been fired, at least once, whether this meant termination of employment, the closing of a business,…

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Goin’ Up Yonder: 5 Ways To Grow After Death

Death is physically inevitable.  Not a curse, but part of how life unfolds for each of us.  How can we best make sense of it in our work environment? Last month, one of my client’s middle managers unexpectedly passed away.  She had been vital for her co-workers, friends, and family in many ways – loving,…

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Executing Your Turnaround: 6 Important Steps

A business turnaround, by definition, is a change in direction and operations based on the assumption that the business is headed the wrong way. This assumption is usually based on the fact that the business is losing money and likely to do more of the same. Successful business turnarounds can be very complex, transformative processes,…

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Joyful Reorganization: 3 Reasons Why

Last week I worked with a large health care company that is in the process of reorganizing itself for the “new normal” that is emerging in the US. Many companies have resisted this approach in the face of what I call “cultural PTSD,” and I believe many of them will not survive the change and…

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The Present Link: 3 Benefits Of Referrals

Last week, I received a call from a potential client that was prompted by a referral from one of my competitors.  Why would a competitor refer to another competitor?  “Because they needed help now and I wasn’t able to give them the attention they deserve,” she replied to my curious question.  In a professional world seemingly filled with…

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No One Goes Easily: 5 Truths About CEO Transitions

During a recent presentation to a diverse group of CEOs from across the country, I posed the following question:  how many of you became CEOs through a planned succession process?   The responses?  One CEO raised her hand halfway and said “sort of.”  The rest of the group gave the following responses: “The old CEO left…

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