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Perspective Before Planning

22 June, 2017
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How many times have you been part of a strategic planning session where your dominant thought was something like, “This has been such a waste of time.  We’re not planning, we’re just throwing ideas on the wall to see which ones stick. We have no direction, no focus, no real plan. I could have spent […]

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Umpiring and Leadership

07 June, 2017
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A few weeks ago, I spent a weekend umpiring a baseball tournament for 9 and 10 year olds. For two days, it was baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and…well, I don’t remember seeing any Chevrolet’s. Anyway, the weather was great, the teams were competitive, and after 13 games, there were no major confrontations with coaches […]

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A Different Take on the SWOT Analysis

22 May, 2017
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Most of us who have been in business for any length of time are familiar with the SWOT Analysis. Originated by Albert S. Humphrey in the 1960s, the SWOT is a useful tool for understanding a company’s Strengths and Weaknesses, and for identifying external Opportunities and Threats.  This tool has been used to develop organizational […]

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What Are You Being Called To Build?

20 April, 2017
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I recently met with a young man (OK, he was in his thirties, but I’m pushing 50 so he was young to me) who is struggling in his job. He described his company as a place where ownership is building their empire on the backs of the rest of the staff; how he’s overworked, but […]

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My New Face

15 March, 2017
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Last week, I spent 4 days with business and organizational leaders from around the country. As often happens at these gatherings, I was asked “What do you do?” Over the last two years, I’ve been asked that same question repeatedly. And over the last two years, although my answers have always been true, they’ve been […]

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