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Monday, September 17th, 2018

Monday Quote of the Week: How hard is simplicity?

You’ve probably heard the axiom, “I would have written you a shorter letter but I didn’t have time”?

That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than compled. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

That’s the essence of this quote … and a core principle that has launched Apple’s meteoric rise to become the most valuable company in the world.

What are you doing to make your life simpler?

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Monday, September 10th, 2018

Monday Quote of the Week: Why do you think this is so true?

Do you find yourself asking this question? 

Let me know in the comments … Why are you asking?

When I hear somebody sigh, life is hard, I am always tempted to ask compared to what?

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Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Monday Quote of the Week: How Do You Keep Your Health?

I hope you’re enjoying the Labor Day holiday and have not followed Mark Twain’s advice at all.

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.

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Monday, August 27th, 2018

Monday Quote of the Week: Do You Chase Perfection?

Anyone got a problem with Excellence?

Perfection is not attainable but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence

Football season is around the corner, but regardless of whether you’re a fan, there are many lessons we can take from the world of sports.
This is one we all need to remember, especially you perfectionists out there. You know who you are. (For my part, you can put me in the camp of a “reformed perfectionist”.)
I think I’ll just “settle for” EXCELLENCE.

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Monday, August 20th, 2018

Monday Quote of the Week: Politeness Can Be Poison

I’ll bet you’ve seen this in your organization.

politeness is the poison of collaboration

In You Love Collaboration. Do You Think It’s a Substitute for Communication?, I talk about how so many leaders confuse consensus with collaboration.
One of the main culprits is politeness. We don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, we want everyone to just get along, we don’t want to rock the boat …. and without even realizing it, the group drifts towards consensus.
As a leader, you’re challenged to make decisions in the best interests of the organization, its shareholders and other stakeholders.
That’s not the same as making decisions that may be in the best interests of the those you’ve consulted … or only making the decisions with which most everyone agrees.
It might be time to read this article to be clear about the distinction. It could save your business.

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Monday, August 13th, 2018

Monday Quote: Is talent what’s most important?

This mantra is a handy reminder that “giving up” is the last stop before failure.

Thankfully, perseverance is a good substitute for talent

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