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Strategy is tossed around pretty loosely these days, but we’re trying to lend some structure to those conversations. In this section, you will find helpful articles differentiating vision from mission, separating strategy creation from implementation, as well as other articles to help you create, sustain and execute your strategy.

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Who are you going to be today?

You’ve seen quotes in the past, several from me, that emphasize being yourself. I’m reminded of it often and appreciate how others have expressed this notion.

Recently, I’ve been reading the Spenser novels from Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) who has long been acknowledged as the Dean of American Crime Fiction. As a lifelong aficionado of the Mystery-Thriller-Suspense genre, I’m finally digging into his Spenser series which started in the early 1980s. I have to say I love the Spenser character … witty, charming, tough, wise-cracking PI that he is. I’m long overdue to recognize Parker’s wizardry.

This sage wisdom appeared in Parker’s novel, Looking for Rachel Wallace.

You can also see the 6-word Commencement Speech I would deliver on this subject. Feel free to stick either of these images on your monitor, paste one into your journal or hang one on the wall.

BTW … if you’ve ever jotted down something on a napkin or a used envelope … something you were afraid you might forget … you’ll want to see the life lessons on the crumpled notes found in the wallets of these two people.

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Change is Gonna Come

This quote captures the true essence of change, whether it’s for each of us, a group of us or society as a whole.

In the United States, and around the world, there’s been as much disruption as I’ve seen in my lifetime. From the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic to the most recent example of inexcusable racial injustice, the urge to change is palpable.

Whether the required commitment to change is present remains uncertain, but no matter the rhetoric or sentiment, you can be sure of this:

It won’t last if it doesn’t meet the test that today’s quote captures.

Are you ready?

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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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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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