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  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...

  I watched an interesting case study in leadership last night – though it would be easy to confuse it as being just another movie. Darkest Hour follows the exploits of newly minted Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the early days of WWII – and reminds...

  Less than a week into the new year and there will likely be one consistent lament from a great many employees in these critical first hours of 2018 – too much work and too little time to get it done.   A number of years back...