I was having lunch with a friend of mine.  He asked, “Have you ever failed at anything?”  “Yes,” I said.  He seemed surprised, “I mean something really big, something that matters.”  “Absolutely,” I said and gave him a couple of examples.  My friend spent the rest of the meal trying to convince me that either…

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How Important Are the Decisions You Make? Leadership is a lonely position.  Big decisions require wise counsel.  The more critical the decision, the more important the counsel becomes. Do you have the proper support system to help you with decisions?  Do you find yourself struggling, as described by Winston Churchill, “Want of foresight, unwillingness to…

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The steps to having more fun and making more money are aligning your business’ purpose with your personal purpose, creating business goals that fulfill the purpose with strong execution and surrounding yourself with people who support your purpose and who have the ability to accomplish the goals. People are important. The “right” people are often…

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I saw someone wearing a t-shirt the other day with the kind of snarky comment that I appreciate with my sense of humor. It read: “I don’t suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.” After a chuckle, I wanted to buy this t-shirt to give it to the owners and CEOs of companies…

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The original Karate Kid movie was released in 1984, a coming of age story of Daniel, a young man, whose mentor and best friend is an elderly Japanese maintenance man, Mr. Miyagi.  The movie is an excellent blend of teen angst, Asian wisdom, and martial arts. One of my favorite scenes is when Mr. Miyagi…

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elephant tales

As the Elephant’s company continued to grow, he noticed his team of ants struggle to keep up with the volume of work.  The ants worked hard, and he hired new ones as fast as possible, but the higher volumes and faster turnarounds seemed beyond the ants’ skill and experience. The Elephant decided to hire a…

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The one thing you can’t do for yourself… is to coach yourself. Here’s why. You can’t see what you can’t see. Everyone has blind spots. A coach can be an extra set of eyes to assist you in “seeing” and understanding things going on in your organization, marketplace, or even within your leadership team, that…

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As a CEO coach, I’m often called on to help address a specific problem. But as the solution is identified and put in place we then turn to how the problem occurred, or more often, why. The answer to why is someone made a decision (or didn’t make a decision) in line with the company’s…

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The Three Questions work because you are creating and reinforcing a relationship with your customer. And you are paying them the compliment of asking their input. Everyone likes positive attention – so be positive! Don’t act like you are a burden to them. You are asking their opinion on a few things. It makes them…

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“What is the name of your banker?” “Chase,” she responded. “Not your bank. Your banker.” Most CEOs I work with have no idea who is responsible for their banking relationship. And that’s a problem. Your banker is often the best source of short-term capital, critical to bridge the costs of your company’s growth. To buy…

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