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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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,...Read More
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...Read More
Why would anyone aspire to Leadership?
I heard from a CEO recently, with whom I’ve met and had dinner, but have not worked. He included this sentence in an email after a brief introduction: “So much is up in the air at the moment. Ugh. Whoever...Read More
7 Ways to Differentiate between a Bright Idea and a Bright Light
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” ~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens’ famous opening sentence continues “It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was...Read More
How many of these excuses have you heard?
There's no doubt that the lack of Accountability is the issue that rises to the top of the list in every conversation I've had with CEOs. "TWENTY TIRED EXCUSES" One of the first clues that your team or organization is...Read More
How is your smeller?
The Smell Identification Test is a comprehensive test that includes 40 different aromas. It is reportedly the most reliable with the correlation between the test and retest = .94. Many folks have made it fun by trying it in a...Read More
Holding your phone wrong?
Photo: carballo (Shutterstock) I don't know about you, but this never crossed my mind. How else should we hold our phone?Apparently, there's an issue called "smartphone pinkie", because the smaller size of the pinkie won't "tolerate the pressure and the...Read More
Will the Workplace ever be the same?
Remote Work is the Order of the Day "The old model of work wasted people's time." Matt Mullenweg Tweet He's the CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. They have 1,876 employees in 97 countries that work on an "asynchronous" basis,...Read More
Are you sure you’re NOT quitting?
If you're watching the Beijing Winter Olympics, you've seen that this theme is NOT the attitude of an Olympic Athlete. They are not quitters. Yes, they fall or make a slight error that costs them a spot on the podium,...Read More
Let’s Take a Look Around the Web ….
Not good. Teachers are leaving and few others are entering the field. Schools have been banning books for more than a century. Recently, Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was banned from a Washington State...Read More
Why would anyone aspire to Leadership?
I heard from a CEO recently, with whom I've met and had dinner, but have not worked. He included this sentence in an email after a brief introduction : “So much is up in the air at the moment. Ugh....Read More
What you can learn about Team-Building at the Winter Olympics
The Winter Olympics in Beijing are in full swing and it's exciting to see the camaraderie and kinship shared by so many, within the individual teams as well as across national boundaries This year, the power and challenges of team-building...Read More
Are you producing Olympic-quality teams?
The Winter Olympic Beijing 2022 games begin tomorrow, and promise to be the most complicated Olympics in history. The complexity ranges from the protests against the country for its alleged human rights abuses, rising geopolitical tensions, warnings about cybersecurity and a...Read More
Who are you counting on to succeed?
The Navy SEALS have earned a well-deserved reputation for many things. One of them is their “never-say-die” attitude … their determination and perseverance. One mantra they proudly wear on T-shirts is a powerful reminder of where you should LOOK FIRST...Read More
Why James Bond Likes His Cocktails Shaken, Not Stirred
You may have forgotten that the James Bond movie franchise first appeared in novel format. That’s why I included it here but it could easily be under Movies as well. In short, Ian Fleming, the author of the novels and...Read More
Nanotechnology? More mind-boggling that ever.
I knew that nanotechnology involved very small atomic-level activities, but I forgot that nano means “one-billionth”, an incomprehensibly small piece of anything. There’s a lot of nanotechnology providing conveniences and capabilities already, but what’s coming is truly mind-boggling.Read More
The Science of Health
It’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference between health facts and myths, particularly around complementary and integrative health. Becoming familiar with scientific topics related to health research can help you better understand what you hear and read and make well-informed...Read More
Computing Power in Sports
It’s no surprise that computing power is moving into the sports world with increasing speed… from Microsoft tablets in the NFL to supercomputers that have defeated the greatest chess players. But, that’s not all. In the Digital Demi-Gods of Dice, a...Read More
State Reserve Funds at Record Levels
It’s a little hard to get your head around how, with so much turmoil, pain and the unpredictable job market, that so many states are thriving with boatloads of money in their coffers. Along with the tax rebates and bonuses,...Read More