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  • I’m thinking of hope today. It seems that everyone is cautiously feeling it here in the States. New President. New potential. Yesterday I received a check in the mail for $24.00. It’s restitution from an inmate at the Florida Department of Corrections. Let me rewind… About eight years ago an electrical contractor in Florida abandoned […]

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  • Earlier I posted on the idea that nothing is “recession proof”, as much as popular media and many “experts” want to peddle their recession-proofing wares to us. Reality check….the best we can do is build up our resistance to recession and the other ups and downs of business. This blog is the first in a […]

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  • “I’ve got a risk-proof way to make a million dollars!” “This plan to invade Iraq is fool-proof!” “This new firewall is 100% hacker-proof!” I’m always leary when I hear that anything is “proofed”. The phrase implies that there’s a 100% guaranteed way to prevent something from happening. I can’t think of anything in life, or […]

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  • “I can’t deny the fact that you like me…you like me!” These words, delivered with elation by Sally Field when she won a Best Actress Oscar for Places in the Heart, reveal the depth of a performer’s need for recognition. In the work world, it seems we have our own brand of love-starved performers: the […]

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  • A fellow blogger, Bud Bilanich, has been writing a series of posts comparing the game of rugby to the game of business. One of the “leadership lessons” Bud says he learned from playing rugby was that you must “Kill the Ball”. Like Bud, I was a rugby player (albeit for a very brief time in […]

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  • In the old roadrunner cartoons, Wile E. Coyote had a business card. It said: Wile E. Coyote, GeniusNow I can’t say that I’ve been handed a business card with a “Genius” title on it. But I have come across a lot of self-proclaimed “Gurus” lately. I’m a member of the professional networking site, LinkedIn . […]

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  • In a previous post I wrote about bobble-heads in the workplace. These are people – your customers, employees or managers – who bob their heads as if they’re listening and agreeing while you talk. But they’re not agreeing. Their silence and blank stares are a cover for boredom, confusion, defiance, doubt or some other emotion […]

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  • Today’s Wall Street Journal Boss Talk article interviews Ken Favaro, co-chairman of Marakon Associates. He discusses the challenge, or “tension”, leaders face in balancing conflicting business goals. One set of conflicting goals is the need to build individual business unit autonomy versus the need to strengthen the company as a whole. Too much focus on […]

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  • I’m getting ready for a flight to Salt Lake City tomorrow. I’ll be delivering a one-day Coaching and Performance Management session at Wasatch Advisors. I’m packing my latest “favorite” business book, Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner. Since I’m now seven months pregnant, flying isn’t as comfortable as it used to be, so an engaging book […]

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