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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...

2300 plus years ago Greek philosopher Aristotle  coined his Three Tenets of Persuasion - suggesting that ethos (ethics and credibility), logos (logic), and pathos (emotion) were the drivers that ultimately led to our ability to influence others. The years since have offered nothing to refute that...

The lessons of 2020 will be golden for some companies; misery for others. The very best are pausing to reflect on just what they've learned as regards their market(s), their customer(s); their competition; and perhaps most important their company. After Action Reviews are built to generate one...

It took me a few years to learn this simple lesson....

Five questions dictate how each of us ultimately assesses a "leader." Are you credible? Can you help make me better? Are you committed to a purpose or a vision of excellence? Do you care about me? And MOST important, Can I TRUST you?    Those same questions...

A great many "would be" leaders are about to go extinct. Like a forest fire, the flames of COVID will prune and eliminate the underbrush of pretenders - leaving only the substantive behind. But the collateral damage inflicted on followers who believed - until it was too...

History teaches us that adversity can be the greatest gift we will ever be offered - a $10 million dollar one that we might not give a dime to repeat. The operative words - can be.  For some, the insights from COVID will pay interest for the remainder of...