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Musings – Part 10

Unprecedented.  The coronavirus pandemic is often described as an unprecedented event. The word means “never done or known before.” Some aspects of COVID-19, like its global scale, likely are. [...]

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How to Answer When You Don’t Want To

Have you ever been asked a question you would rather not answer? We all have. These are questions that are either too difficult to answer, upsetting or confusing. They might reveal our ignorance [...]

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How to Avoid Unproductive Arguments

A good debate liberates our thinking. A robust but respectful exchange of views is an act of kindness – one that opens and sharpens our minds and gets us closer to the truth. It ought not be a [...]

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How to Do What’s Important

One reason we get overwhelmed by our to-do lists is because we’re unable to differentiate between what we think should be done and what must be done. A lot of “shoulds” need more time to [...]

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Why Smart People Do Dumb Things

What makes even the brightest sometimes squander their brilliance in breathtaking acts of stupidity? Although it’s looking in the rear-view mirror, the 2008 market meltdown is instructive. Some [...]

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Musings – Part 9

A few of the things I’m thinking about during this period of isolation: Forgiveness.  We all do things we wish we could take back, and likely would, if only we had the chance. So why should we [...]

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Musings – Part 8

Uncertainty.  These are uncertain times. Regardless of the dire circumstances we face with this pandemic, rarely does a day in our lives pass without some degree of uncertainty. Our current [...]

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Networking

This may be a good time to reach out to your network (or build one). All the better, it can continue or start on-line. Many think of networking as a bit like flossing – necessary but not [...]

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Living Through a Pandemic

It has been said by many that great companies, leadership and character are forged through crises. But how do we put COVID-19 in this context? What do those who’ve lived through some of the [...]

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The Affliction of Corporate Speak

I end my CEO Program with the six things a CEO must do to lead with purpose. One of them is this: your words must have meaning. Although neologisms have always been a integral part of business [...]