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"Want to know something that it took me 10 years to figure out?" He was graying - and by my standards then - ancient. But he was one of the most decorated leaders in my company - and when he talked - people, even the highest ranking...

It was my first national meeting. I was young and about as sophisticated as a bale of hay. The company I worked for had convened a big gathering in Kansas City and I joined hundreds from across the country in a large ballroom for the beginning of...

Somewhere in my long and winding journey through the corporate world I stumbled on insights that traveled with me. Like a couple of raw diamonds plucked from a rocky trail, they were rough, covered in mud - and almost invisible to my untrained eye. I carried...

The pressure is on. The numbers aren’t where they need to be – or production is down – or there’s a manufacturing problem. Oh, and there’s this Pandemic thing going on too. Whatever the backdrop, it’s a pretty good time to gauge how employees at every level respond. Especially...

A long, long time ago I took a job in the Life Sciences industry. I pursued that role for three reasons - and please remember, I was young.  I wanted - in order; an attractive salary, benefits, and a company car. I got them - though the base...

One of the smartest visionaries I ever met taught me something a long time ago. The best way to shape the future is to learn from the past. "Insight," they said, "doesn't come from guessing what's going to happen. It comes from taking the time to assess...

Company cultures can be very complicated. They morph - they shift - they grind into obstacles and take a new direction. Especially when adversity strikes. Then we are tested - and all the glorious Vision Statements and Values Proclamations are placed up against a hard reality. Some companies...

These are tough times. Quarterly reports validate it. Companies are suffering - industries are suffering. Meanwhile the financial markets are screaming - and your company has obligations it has to meet. Pandemic be damned. Which is why we now hear the distant drumbeats - layoffs, restructures, and downsizings are being...

I'm all for data and data analysis. Truth be told, I can be a bit of a geek when it comes to parsing numbers, breaking down trends, and interpreting what they mean for the future. But there are limits - and over the course of my years...