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Monday, June 1st, 2020

As if we didn’t know ….

If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change

~ Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
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Sunday, May 24th, 2020

It’s all on the line. Time to Change It Up.

Peter Drucker, a vigilant sage for the business community until his death in 2005 at the age of 96, wrote extensively and contributed mightily to the underlying philosophies of the modern business organization.

Every organization must be prepared to abandon everything it does to survive in the future.

As each of us faces a new normal in an uncertain future, we need to embrace the notion of Destructive Enrichment, which I discuss in this article by sharing the wisdom of business executives like Andy Grove, (former CEO of Intel), Muhtar Kent (former CEO of Coca-Cola) and business insider and author, Jim Collins.

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Sunday, May 17th, 2020

Carry the Battle to the Enemy!

In his statement preceding the portion I’ve included in today’s quote was this additional line from Admiral Halsey, who by the way, was one of only 4 individuals in U.S. history to attain the rank of Fleet Admiral ( 5 stars):

All problems, personal, national, or combat, become smaller if you don’t dodge them, but confront them.

Whether like it or not … and whether we want to state the problem boldly or not … by any measure, WE’RE IN A WAR!

A battle between our health and safety and the economic stability we all cherish … and require.

Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly and its spines crumble. Carry the battle to the enemy! Lay your shop alongside his!

We can identify the opposing forces in many ways. Some will claim … “this pandemic is only temporary” … or “the health crisis is exaggerated”. Others insist, “it’s an economic pandemic” … or “let’s open ‘er up and get back to work.”

Continue reading to learn more from Admiral Halsey
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Sunday, May 10th, 2020

Perseverance by any other name … Tenacity perhaps?

If you’re getting bored with the same ol’ thing, you can head to Google to see how many folks have tried to discern the difference between perseverance and tenacity.

Some say that perseverance is the combination of persistence and tenacity. Others claim that perseverance is continuing in a course of action without regard to discouragement, opposition or failure … while tenacity is more like persistence. Go figure!

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.

Nonetheless … if you’re like me, you’re getting pretty tired of being reminded about how the devastation brought about by the coronavirus has decimated what we thought was our normal life. Yeah, I think we get that.

BUT … one thing I don’t mind being reminded about is that no matter how much I lament and resent these unprecedented challenges … it’s up to me to overcome them.

Like me, I’m sure you appreciate any help you can get … but fundamentally, it’s on YOU to make sure YOU access the help, stay strong and resolve to focus solely on what YOU can control.

The only way you or I can do that is to be tenacious in our pursuit of the solutions.

Dig deep. Find that TENACITY!

Carry on!

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Character counts. All the time.

Abraham Lincoln is widely admired for his strength of character.

If you read Jay Winik’s book, APRIL 1865: THE MONTH THAT SAVED AMERICA, you’ll see how our nation’s future rested on a few crucial decisions that he made.

A weaker man would have stumbled and the country we have today wouldn’t exist.

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Thursday, April 30th, 2020

The 6 Greatest Doctors in the World

It’s hard to believe that Steve Jobs died more than 8 years ago.

Although he died a multi-billionaire at age 56, I was recently reminded that his final essay, which found little value in his wealth, uncovered a deep understanding of life’s most important lessons.

Today, as we wrangle with the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, his final essay provides a valuable perspective.

Make sure you read to the end to learn what he identified as the six best doctors in the world.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate

You may not have heard this phrase, but it’s from the 1967 film, Cool Hand Luke, a Paul Newman feature that you shouldn’t miss.

The dialogue comes from a famous scene where the captain of the prison chain gang extols his charges with his own brand of leadership.

“Some men you just can’t reach,” the Captain says, as he reminds the prisoners of the beat down administered to a few other recalcitrant souls in an earlier scene.

“What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate!”

What is the Cornerstone of Leadership?

In an issue of the Harvard Business Review, the article, The Path to the C-Suite, (subscription or purchase required for the full article), confirmed yet again that the functional and technical skills that lead people to the C-Suite are NOT what is required for promotion or success

Rather, it is the softer skills leadership, communication and collaboration that differentiate the successful business leader

Continue reading to access the contribution matrix
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Friday, April 24th, 2020

Never retreat. Just Keep On Keeping On.

It seems like every week we’re emphasizing the theme of resilience and perseverance … and we should be with the lingering pain, suffering and uncertainty that the coronavirus pandemic has introduced into our lives.

Most importantly, as I’ve always stressed, you need to focus on what YOU can control.

Don’t worry about what others are doing … or the stupid things others are doing. Focus on what you can control … and do that!

Stay focused.

Never retreat.

KBO

Don’t stop leading.

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