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Does Collaboration = Communication?

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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. Is There Anything Really New about Collaboration? Do we really understand collaboration and why it’s become such a ubiquitous battle cry? On…

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You’ve Got to Dream While You Eat.

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There’s nothing more important … or more challenging … than the need to balance short-term results with long-range plans.H ow is your organization focused? Are you encouraging long-range thinking or only what happens this week? Do you have the Attention Span of a Mosquito? How often are you distracted from a specific task … or…

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The Ante is Simple. Action!

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Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel, wrote the book, Only the Paranoid Survive, a testament to his relentless drive and devotion. Two of the quotes attributed to him are a good way focus your energy … and to be reminded: Don’t Let Hope Become an Embalming Agent … and make sure ACTION IS the cornerstone…

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Don’t Let Hope Become an Embalming Agent

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Hope isn’t a strategy. Action IS! For most of us, Spring is the time of the year when hope springs eternal. The sun is out … the flowers are blooming … and this year it seems we’re finally emerging from the worst pandemic in our lifetimes. But maybe your initiatives are starting to drag? The…

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The Power in a Blank Sheet of Paper

Most of the time when we sit down to work, maybe in our favorite chair, we have a stack of papers or files and a list of some kind. We then proceed to “work” as we’ve always defined it … plow through the stack and “get ‘er done”. Try a different approach This time, sit…

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Not enough resources … or Not Resourceful?

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Resourcefulness has nothing to do with access to resources.W e have more resources than ever before. That’s not what makes us resourceful. Early this morning, I headed to a favorite place just down the street to bring home a couple of lattes for my wife and me. I think Jefferson or Franklin … or maybe…

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It isn’t Technology Creating all the Distractions. It’s us.

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It would be easy to make technology our enemy and blame it for all of the distractions that keep us from getting things done.N ice try, but this is an age-old problem that’s on us, not on the technology that surrounds us. Screaming about distractions and the lack of productivity didn’t help them in ancient Rome,…

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The Single-Word Concept You Can’t Live Without

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PREPARE to Win … or get ready to get your butt kicked! In our travels, we’ve seen plenty of obstacles to success, from making the tough decisions to staying focused on execution. As if all that isn’t enough, there are still a few more barricades around the corner. Lack of preparation is one of them. Do…

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