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I spend a lot of time talking about the intersection of preparation, opportunity, and luck in my book The Compass Solution: A Guide to Winning Your Career.   Amazing how often seemingly minor events can change our lives. Sometimes they even change the world.   The next time...

  A little departure from my ‘A Story That Matters’ series.   The next time you’re stung by criticism – deflated from counsel that suggested you CAN’T – take the time to reflect on some of the “sage” advice or opinion offered below.   You are the master of your...

  “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – Sir John Dalberg-Acton   Timeless wisdom and arguably more true today than ever before – its symptoms manifest themselves everyday in the form of arrogance, condescension, and narcissism – and it has brought down countless leaders over the ages.   I invest a lot...

Walter blearily looked over at the alarm clock and fell back into his pillow – this was a bad dream, he told himself.   4:30 in the morning - time for his paper route to get underway. He looked over to his brother and heard him moan...

  A lot of organizations will conduct their version of the annual employee survey sometime this year. It’s sort of like the swallows returning to Capistrano or the vernal equinox – an expected part of the natural world. You can predict the standard questions that will be...

    “It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” ~ Edward Deming     Tell me if you’ve ever said – or heard - any of the following statements as regards your place of employment. “I just want to be left alone. Everyday it’s something new ---...

Well, Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency had an interesting weekend.   Thirty eight minutes of panic for our 50th state around a false ballistics missile launch – made more egregious by the fact that:   Not all citizens were made aware of the perceived threat to begin with –...

  The Doctor Who Changed History   Conan really wasn’t cut out to be a physician. He knew that – even if his family didn’t. But here he was, stuck in a practice that was failing and in a career that was going nowhere.   There were debts to pay...

  With special thanks to author Nancy Koehn, whose book, Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership should be a mandatory read for every individual who honors and respects its influence on history. Koehn offers the story of five people whose leadership journeys are simultaneously...