Normal, Disrupted

Normal, Disrupted

“Every negative situation contains the possibility for something positive, an opportunity. It is how you look at it that matters. Your lack of resources can be an advantage, forcing you to be more inventive with the little that you have. Losing a battle can allow you...

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A Different Kind of Smart

A Different Kind of Smart

There are different kinds of smart. Especially when faced with a critical and timely decision. One kind of smart would gather the immediately available data and make a decision within hours (possibly even minutes) and swiftly take the appropriate action. This solution...

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Be Unprecedented

Be Unprecedented

Kenesaw Mountain Landis is dead. Happy Chandler is dead. Bart Giamatti is dead. Along with having already taken their final leisurely stroll across the green fields of earth and into the unknown, these three men have a few other things in common. All were...

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Comfort Zones

Comfort Zones

Some good friends of mine recently contracted a case of puppy fever. For which, apparently, there is only one cure. They sent my wife and I this video a couple of days ago. It reminded me of a basic instinct we all share – human and puppy alike. We all feel a little...

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The Danger That Arrives After THE Danger Passes

The Danger That Arrives After THE Danger Passes

The last weekend in January of 2020 was a terrible one for aviation in the United States. Many people know of the helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26th that claimed the lives of NBA Hall-of-Famer Kobe Bryant, his thirteen-year-old daughter, and seven others. Most...

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How to Write Anything

How to Write Anything

Frequently, I’m asked to write various things: articles, press releases, blurbs, descriptive paragraphs, quotes, and other random items of differing lengths. Occasionally, the person who requested the work is delighted by my efforts and sometimes I’m asked if I have a...

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Your Most Important Meeting

Your Most Important Meeting

Pull up your calendar and take a look at last week. How many scheduled appointments were for the benefit or convenience of other people – updates, planning meetings, conference calls, providing feedback, etc.? If you’re like most people who work with other humans, the...

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How the Mouse Goes Awry: Complacency

How the Mouse Goes Awry: Complacency

Every brilliant strategy, each perfectly engineered process, and any flawless safety program can all be unraveled in an instant by one insidious factor: complacency. The gradual erosion of focus and attention to a task that deserves both, complacency threatens every...

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One Size Does NOT Fit All

One Size Does NOT Fit All

If every reward was financially based, no one would ever have children. At least not on purpose. This was the point I made to a coaching client after we completed the analysis for a new venture one of his friends planned to launch this year, with the hope that it...

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BP and Boeing: Spiralling Down the Crisis Cycle

BP and Boeing: Spiralling Down the Crisis Cycle

Something didn’t smell right. It was 5:45am and a British Petroleum (BP) employee was driving to work along the North Slope of Alaska near the oilfield town of Prudhoe Bay when he noticed an odd odor overpowering the smell of his heater and his truck. He pulled over...

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