Albert Einstein, Peter Drucker & Star Trek

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” -  Albert Einstein “People in any organization are always attached to the obsolete - the things that should have worked but did not, the...
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Recognizing Blah – People, Places and Things

Definition: Blahbot – A person who because they can’t see beyond the end of their own nose, blindly and without even considering other alternatives, purposefully and willfully does exactly what has always been done before without thinking. In 1914...
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The Art of Killing Trees

Definition: Blahcess – Something that is done repeatedly, without question and has gone on so long that people cannot even explain how it got started, why it’s done, and what its purpose or value is. For a number of years I helped companies select...
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How to be a Rebel Lemming

There is a popular, long-standing misconception that lemmings commit mass suicide during migration. This misconception has fostered the use of the metaphor that people who go along unquestioningly with popular opinion, with potentially dangerous or...
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3 Attitudes to Avoid on a Team

A couple of years ago I was a member of three different teams and each was struggling because of the following attitudes. Ego – Each had individuals involved who have, or continue to have, an over-inflated opinion of themselves. This has caused...
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Leading a team is sometimes like trying to nail Jello to a wall

Before I get started on the leadership lesson you need to know that someone really was interested enough to determine if you could nail Jello to a wall. After trying a number of different additives to strengthen the Jello they determined this: “Our...
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How To Spot The Empty Promise People

I had conversations this past week with several friends about people in organizations who say they are going to do something and they don’t. You know these people. They are the first to say stuff like:  “Well I’m experienced in doing...

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“The Boss” Bruce Springsteen Leads with Trust

Recently at the E Street Band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Roy Bittan, piano player for the band, said this: “When we are called into the studio we are not handed a piece of paper with music to play. We are entrusted with the responsibility to use...

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How Are You Building Your House?

  An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire....

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Are you singing out loud the music in you?

Have you at one time or another heard a song played and then that’s all you hear in your head?  It keeps coming back like some persistent gnat on a warm summer night. A lot of times it’s that annoying jingle from a commercial, but sometimes it’s something that makes...

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4 Barriers to Creative Planning & How to Get Rid of Them

There are several keys to successful planning and one of the first is to be aware of some of the major barriers that will trip you up. Fear of Change – the apprehension about stepping out into the unknown will limit your creativity and send you down the path of least...

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How Leaders Stand Out in a Crowd

When I gathered with the Founding Partners of the John Maxwell Team, I knew that parts of the program were to be filmed. I purposely wore a bright red shirt so when the camera panned the crowd I could quickly find myself. It worked; of the 500+ people in the room...

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