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In 1799 a French soldier by the name of Pierre-Francois Bouchard stumbled on a building stone near the Nile River that forever changed human history.  Bouchard was likely more concerned with the Napoleonic campaign with the British than he was some old rock with strange...

Last month a guy named James Adducci laid down an $85,000 bet in Vegas that Tiger Woods would win the Masters.   He pocketed a cool 1.19 million on his bold gamble.   Talk about hutzpah!   I’m not too skilled at the fine art of gambling. I’ve always sort of...

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. “You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.” -Frodo quoting Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring       I heard...

I subscribe to The 1440 Principle.   Its tenets are pretty simple.   All of us have three unique resources at our disposal: Our time Out talent Our passion Two of the resources are renewable. One isn’t – and that’s our time. I’ll get 1,440 minutes today....

I got pulled into a Black Hole a number of years ago.   Well, not in the literal sense but the feeling must have been somewhat similar to the deep space version – or at least I tell myself it was.   A deep empty void – confusing –...

Here’s a short litmus test for every person charged with managing others.   Take the time to answer each of the following questions. No, instead of simply scanning it and saying, “that’s interesting…” – really take a shot at honestly responding.   Most so-called “leaders” can’t – or won’t....

“I have to go now,” my friend said, “It’s survey season.”   “Excuse me?” I answered. “What does that mean exactly?”   “Survey season. You know, the annual “How do you feel about your company questionnaire…I have to get mine in by close of business today.”   “Well, that’s important….”   There was a...

I had a conversation recently with someone contemplating a new job – and we touched base on everything from the company prospectus to the projected earnings to the “street’s” prediction for future growth.   It was a great discussion – but we almost managed to miss on...

Ask 1,000 people how important trust is in their personal relationships.   Ask those same people how important it is in their careers.   Now, ask how much trust they have in their work place - with their company - with their co-workers - or their boss.   There are FIVE...

I invest a lot of time talking about what I consider the core elements of every successful company   People Leadership Culture   Forget the brands, the strategies, the technology, or the innovation – if we don’t get the core elements right all else is destined for failure.   At the center of...