Learned Behavior is One of Our Biggest Obstacles.

Learned Behavior is One of Our Biggest Obstacles.

It’s fascinating to me how our learned behaviors so often get in the way of our otherwise sound instincts. Imposter syndrome is one of these afflictions. Although it is defined in several ways, it refers to a fear of failure...
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Who do you wish you didn’t have on your team?

Who do you wish you didn’t have on your team?

I don’t know of a single leader among the hundreds I’ve coached over the last few decades who wouldn’t nod their head and say something like, “Yup. That’s about right.” when they see this quote from the book, The 4...
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What Leaders Can Learn from the Amateurs and Pros

What Leaders Can Learn from the Amateurs and Pros

The week that ended last Sunday is my favorite sports week of the year. There are a lot of reasons why I love that week. For one thing, the contrasts are extraordinary. Unbridled enthusiasm, competitive zeal, office pools, no million...
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Challenges in the Workplace

Challenges in the Workplace

This quote speaks volumes about the changes the pandemic has provoked across the Workplace. If you don't take it to heart, the uphill battle is even steeper. Stay tuned. There s more coming in this week's Sword Tips newsletter. If...
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9 Easy Steps to Ruin Your Reputation

9 Easy Steps to Ruin Your Reputation

If anything teaches us about how to handle ourselves in public, er, how NOT to do it, the incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock at last week’s Oscar’s event, and its aftermath, is a textbook example of exactly how...
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What are the Two Things that People Inherently Do?

What are the Two Things that People Inherently Do?

Sylvester Stallone is a box office legend with movies like Rocky & Rambo. What you don’t know is that he was once so broke he had to sell his dog at the 7-11. You also may not know that the...
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Does Communication = Collaboration?

Does Communication = Collaboration?

One of the most popular words in the business lexicon these days is collaboration. Everyone’s eager to flatten the organization, get rid of hierarchy, eliminate command-and-control structures and collaborate across broad multifunctional teams. Do we really understand collaboration and why...
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Five Frogs are sitting on a log ….

Five Frogs are sitting on a log ….

There’s an apocryphal story that you may have heard from your Dad growing up: Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left? The first time I answered, “One.” “Nope,” he responded. “Five.”...
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Geeking Out

Geeking Out

How AI can change the way we drive Wanna know exactly how much time you waste in congested traffic? I didn't think so ... but it's about 55 hours/year due to congestion alone according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute's...
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Don’t Live a Life Full of Regret

Don’t Live a Life Full of Regret

You’ve probably heard a lot of interesting quotes about life’s regrets. None of us is immune to the unwelcome sentiment of regret. It’s far too easy to look back and wonder why something didn’t turn out as we hoped ......
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Your Turn: What App are you using to manage your Email?

Your Turn: What App are you using to manage your Email?

Photo by Maxim Ilyahov on Unsplash Each week, we’ll ask a question to get your best idea on a particular topic. The following week we’ll share your best tips.This Week’s Question: What’s the #1 tool or concept that you apply to...
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Around the Web …

Around the Web …

We better keep our brain connected to our body. Stress is likely the principal backdrop for mental health issues, so you should take a look at the contrasting articles about stress in our Business Brief segment. Neuroscientists believe our brains...
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What would you do if you were Captain Flint?

What would you do if you were Captain Flint?

How you MAKE decisions will affect the SUCCESS of your decisions. Are you able to make the tough calls when you need to? Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash In a TV episode of Black Sails, a compelling saga about...
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Now You Know …

Now You Know …

How many ways can you combine 6 Lego bricks? We're talking 6 bricks of the same size and color. I really wanted to use this question in a contest to award $1 Million ... but I knew you'd cheat and...
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Geeking Out is NOT just about PCs ….

Geeking Out is NOT just about PCs ….

Geeking Out is not just about computers. It's also about the technology that surrounds us everywhere. I try to shed some light on some of the interesting discoveries, achievements and advancements that have affected our lives ... and some warnings...
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Making the Big Bucks … and Worldle (not Wordle).

Making the Big Bucks … and Worldle (not Wordle).

Big Bucks inside the NBA ... and outside. What surprised me the most is the size of the off-court earnings for so many of these NBA athletes, something that's equally widespread in other sports. Here are the NBA’s most marketable...
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What’s Francis Ford Coppola Been Doing?

What’s Francis Ford Coppola Been Doing?

Yes. It's hard to believe, but the Godfather movie is 50 years old this year. Coppola is not "really" back. He's been here all the time ...but is now preparing to bet $100 million on a film he's been trying...
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How are CEOs Tackling Inflation?

How are CEOs Tackling Inflation?

Here is a series of valuable articles that illustrate the key issues on the minds of CEOs as they develop plans to tackle inflation. I've taken the liberty to share the details for Chief Executive's CEO Briefing with access to...
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Innovation on Steroids.

Innovation on Steroids.

Nothing is more inspiring than to see how founders and leaders alike have found innovative ways to right the ship or build a new one.They are powerful reminders for you to take nothing for granted … think originally … always...
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The Good, Bad & Ugly about Stress and a Few Ways to Deal With It

The Good, Bad & Ugly about Stress and a Few Ways to Deal With It

You may find this an unlikely category in which to talk about stress and I agree it could appear in many different segments in Sword Tips. I've put it here to emphasize the effect of stress, how we manage it and how...
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Thank You, Mr. President for the 3-Day Weekend

Thank You, Mr. President for the 3-Day Weekend

I hope you're continuing to enjoy President's Day & the 3-Day Weekend. While you've been enjoying time with the family, I've had time to analyze the world's problems ... and come up with a solution! In case you missed the...
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Your Turn: What App are you using to manage your Productivity?

Your Turn: What App are you using to manage your Productivity?

Each week, we’ll ask a question to get your best idea on a particular topic. The following week we’ll share your best tips. This Week’s Question: What’s the #1 App you use to manage your productivity, i.e., your To Do...
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The Jack Reacher series from Lee Child

The Jack Reacher series from Lee Child

If you’re fan of the Mystery-Thriller-Suspense genre … then you’ve heard of Jack Reacher, the legendary progeny from the pen of Lee Child. I’ve read every one of the 26 novels, which began with the Killing Floor in 1995, a...
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Making Mistakes Because You’re Pressed for Time?

Making Mistakes Because You’re Pressed for Time?

Many years ago … and after coaching senior leaders for many years before that … it became clear … crystal … that the senior leaders I was coaching had never taken the time to develop a trusted productivity system to...
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The Winter Olympics & A.I. in Sports

The Winter Olympics & A.I. in Sports

A flurry of Olympic activity is everywhere this week, so I'm sure you're having no trouble finding it. A couple things of particular interest, though. Almost 100% artificial snow? This is the first Winter Games to use almost 100% artificial...
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Movie of the Night

Movie of the Night

Movie of the Night is an interesting site where you can search for movies you may like. What’s different is you can search based on the streaming services to which you subscribe … and then further segment by genre, actor,...
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What’s Under the Apple Tree?

What’s Under the Apple Tree?

It’s True. The iPhone just had its 15th birthday. On July 9, 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world at Macworld in San Francisco. It's worth the 10 minutes it will take you to watch Steve Jobs at his...
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