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core competencies

Test Your Core Competencies

“A strategy is a plan that creates sustainable competitive advantage and allows an organization to perform over time, even in the face of a changing environment.”  – Jimmy Brown Your strategic plan should do all three things Brown suggests: 1. Create a sustainable competitive advantage; 2. Allow you to perform over time with confidence; and […]

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5 Minutes Buddhist

5 Minute Buddhist

“The Miracle is not to walk on water. The Miracle is to walk on the green Earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment, feeling truly alive.”  –Thich Nhat Hanh THE 5 MINUTE BUDDHIST (Printable PDF) Harold Ramis produced over 20 movies, most notably Animal House, Caddy Shack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day. He also followed Buddhist teachings. To […]

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Icarus Principle

Icarus Principle

“Like Achilles, the hero who forgot his heel, or like Icarus who, flying close to the sun, forgot that his wings were made of wax, we should be wary when triumphant ideas seem unassailable, for then there is all the more reason to predict their downfall.” ― Dwight Longenecker, The Romance of Religion: Fighting for […]

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Effective Meeting Models

Effective Meeting Models

Effective meeting models maximize the running of an organization. Understanding and setting the right business rhythm leads to organizational effectiveness.

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10 Ways To Keep Your Focus in a World of Distractions

10 Ways To Keep Your Focus in a World of Distractions

Focus like the best CEO’s or Olympic athletes by using these 10 methods to drive away distractions.

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Extra Step

A Model Mission Statement

Today I believe a Mission Statements should optimally be 8 to 10 words in length. I did not always believe this to be true, as you will see from the example below from my first company. Today, I would call this a statement of belief, rather than a mission statement. Our Mission Statement was captured […]

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Is Hyperfocus Leading You to Poor Choices?

Is Hyperfocus Leading You to Poor Choices?

Hyperfocus leads to poor decisions & irreversible recommendations. Learn how and what to do about developing situational awareness.

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Distractions Double Errors!

Distractions Double Errors!

A study by Erik Altmann, associate professor of psychology, found that brief interruptions doubled the error rate for participants performing a difficult sequential task. The research was done at the University of Michigan on behalf of the US Navy, and it has widespread implications. “So why did the error rate go up?” Altmann said. “The […]

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Emphatic Listening

Emphatic Listening

When I was working at CoCo, a collaborative work space in Minneapolis, my tablemate John said to me, “I have been an emphatic talker my whole life and now it’s time for me to become an emphatic listener.” The term got me thinking. What does it mean to be an emphatic listener–to listen with emphasis? […]

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5 Minutes Buddhist

Your Belief System–Is It Rock Solid?

Each of us has a world view which is formed based on a certain set of beliefs, values and attitudes that you think is true based on the conditions, environment and experiences you have had since you were born.

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Focus on the goal

Focus on the Goal, Not the Problem

Focus on the Goal, Not the Problem When I first meet with clients, they tend to want to focus on their current state (or the organization’s) and specific challenges. They want to vent. Sometimes venting helps them decompress, but too much venting can result in defeatism and paradigm paralysis. They visualize former failures and predict […]

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How does parental influence define you as a leader?

How does parental influence define you as a leader?

If you are trying to figure out who you are as a leader and what you believe, it is good to go backwards before you go forward. That’s because your current beliefs are often a product of or reaction against parental influence.

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Going to Work vs. Getting Your Work to Go

Going to Work vs. Getting Your Work to Go

If your work or routine needs revitalizing, pack up and go somewhere else. Go to a coffee shop, the public library, a local art center, the park, even a hotel lobby. You might not only get new ideas and new routines, you might also get new customers or contacts.

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Idea Machine

6 Ways for Entrepreneurs to Manage Their Ideas

While generating ideas comes easily for entrepreneurs, discerning which ideas to implement and which to discard does not usually come as easily.

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The Entrepreneur's Snow Globe

The Entrepreneur’s Snow Globe

Entrepreneurs like not only to identify new opportunities and threats, new strengths and weaknesses, but also to act on them. They like to shake the snow globe.

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