Wednesday, December 13, 2017
In the past, I wrote an article about second chances. In the article, I talked about the need to coach, guide or train people before you give them a second chance. Otherwise, they will most likely repeat the same mistake. They may repeat the same mistake because they may have retained the same mindset they had for the first chance. This first chance mindset is not only possessed by the individual it is
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
In the Words of Yoda: The Counterintuitive Path Take, If You Wish, From Breakdown to Breakthrough Go You Will
The way is the problem you want. The problem is the way. To avoid the problem is to avoid the way. In other words, problems are not theproblem. Believing problems are problems is the beginning of your problems. It is not chaos or problems that are problems. It is how you think about them. And it is how you think about
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Last week I talked about how inherited conversations cancreate mental barriers. Those mental barriers create a mindset that can derail personal or professional aspirations. Today I would like to use myself as an example of what happens when the mental barriers are
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
For centuries, people have chanted that the most persistent person wins the prize. In this article, I am going to challenge that belief. I assert that it is not persistence that makes the difference. It is the stripping away of beliefs that allows an individual to keep going. While I understand that people in the stands watching a sporting event have opinions about successful athletes. On the field, there is something happening that the fans
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Eudaimonia is a word from ancient Greece. People like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and others taught it in Greece. (Where they learned it is another article.) In English, it is often misinterpreted as happiness. However, the Greeks had no obsession with happiness. They were focused on fulfillment. Furthermore, they sought fulfillment through
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
The human brain has an enormous capacity to learn. The paradox is it is filled with blindspots that limit learning capacity. For the most part, you only think the way you were taught to think. In effect, the way you do things is the way you do everything. The way you do things is shaped by the way you see things. The way you see things is shaped by the way you think or your thought process. Your thought process is an amalgamation of your brain’s syntax. Your environment shapes your syntax. And your environment gives you the facts of life. Unlearning the learned facts is
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
People talk about second chances in various ways. They say: “if I knew then what I know now.” “If I had an opportunity to do things over.” “Please give me a second chance.” “Can we start over?” The list goes on. Most people actually believe they learn from their mistakes. However, when you look closely, you see
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Disagreement is part of the human paradigm. The human paradigm is like nature. In nature, there are plants that sustain life and there are plants that destroy life for humans. If you have not been trained to eat healthy plants in nature, you can easily eat a plant that will poison you. And there are plants that can help and hurt your body, depending on the amount administered. Principally speaking, the same happens with relationships from elements in the human paradigm.
For example, disagreement is thought to be
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
What is the role of the board of directors? Some say it is to protect the shareholders’ value. In other words, they are there to ensure the money of investors continues to grow. Others say the board is there to oversee the CEO and make sure he or she constantly and profitably grows the business. Perhaps the board is there to ensure all
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
In a world where time is money, managers need people who can take action immediately. They search for employees who already have the skills, competency and capability to work with little supervision. Combined with ever changing businesses and technology, companies claim there is no time to train and coach people effectively. Instead they chant do it now!
However, the idea of do it faster, smarter, and better is in
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
In the wake of the recent Equifax debacle, boards of directors are rethinking their cyber security readiness. Equifax was warned about the weaknesses in their cyber security and did nothing. When they did discover it was breached, they waited months to inform the public. As time went on, it appeared they were focused on covering their butts. The result is 143 million people have had
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
As part of my entrepreneurial growth, I created meaningful relationships with CEOs. Some became clients. Others were sounding boards for my clients and myself. Through those relationships, I have been able to explore and transform leadership at its highest level. In that mix of CEOs, some were running companies, while others were retired. One of the amazing conversations with retired CEOs of Fortune 500s is their desire to contribute. Like all people who contribute, they seek some level of self-interest. That self-interest can be summed up in one word
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Yesterday is gone. No matter what you do January 1st, 2001 will not come back. It doesn’t exist and neither does tomorrow. To lament over actions you took or didn’t take will not change what actually happened in the past. Yet, so many people live with regrets that create emotional paralysis. They live with the philosophy of ‘if I could have, should have, wish I had, etc.’. To my knowledge, no one has been given the
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Last week I wrote about mindset. I talked about a mindset that accomplishes very little. In this article, I will discuss a mindset that can accomplish extraordinary results.
As I said, the person who complains, protests, vents, whines, etc. is the person who secretly believes they will never get what they want. As a result, they consume time by taking action that makes
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
For some, this is a delicate topic. Some of you may be offended, even though that is not my intention. This subject is rarely addressed in the way I have laid out. By addressing it, I understand the potential consequences. Speaking bluntly on the topic could result in hate mail or silent adversaries. Nevertheless, the intent is to create an awakening.
With that said, when I say ‘where you are’, it has nothing to do with
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Before the 2008 recession, large corporations took pride in buying back shares of their own organization. This financial reengineering was a great way to boost earnings and attract shareholders. As a result, the stock price would rise. However, while billions of dollars were spent buying back shares, opportunity costs were being created. It could be said that share buy backs create
Thursday, July 27, 2017
In a rapidly changing world, the ability to transform self is essential. While most believe change is difficult, there are exercises that you can incorporate into your daily life to facilitate transformation. This video explains the basics.
See demonstration of an effective exercise.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
In a previous article, I wrote about the importance of being able to change. That article focused on the need to transform individually and enterprise wide. Neuroplasticity is the technical term given for making paradigm shifts in the brain. In a book called, The End of Competitive Advantage, by Rita Gunther McGrath, she talks about how market dominance can be fleeting. Companies unable to quickly change can
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Every healthy brain has neurons. Those neurons store and carry information tied to your thoughts, education and experiences. Those neurons travel on paths in the brain, which are called neuropaths. The information the neurons carry helps you move, speak and think. In addition, those paths help you make sense of the world and relate one topic to another. For example, you can use mathematics to assess the amount of
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
When people think of integrity, they think of ethics and morals. For the purpose of this article, integrity is doing what you said you would do. And doing it when you said you would do it. One definition is: the state of being complete or undivided. Integrity is a way of being whole and complete. Without integrity, things tend to remain in a state of
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
It’s been a while since I’ve spoken with the man I consider to be the wisest in the world. As usual, he filled my ears with his perspective about life and people. Today his concern was about a built-in trap that is part of the human paradigm. He said this trap is one that blinds people and makes them believe in problems that don’t
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
It could be said that Michael Jordan changed the game of basketball. Steve Jobs changed the game of cell phones. There are many more examples of game changers, like the Wright Brothers or Thomas Edison.
In the case of the Wright Brothers, they pursued a goal in the face of being
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
When your company is doing well,that is the time to orchestrate transformation. These are the immortal words from a former CEO of a Fortune 500. However, too often, CEOs are so focused on maximizing profits from existing revenue streams. As a result, when a competitor introduces a disruptive product or service, the incumbent is not prepared. That leads to being
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
From the perspective of business executives, there are two ways to grow an enterprise: build or buy.
They ask whether it is appropriate to build a new business idea, product or service from scratch. Or should the company buy an existing corporation that already provides the desired product or service?
The answer to that question: it depends. Either way, the solution is never simple.
Often, purchasing another organization is an
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Most of what is taught in business school has a focus on steady, incremental improvement. I don’t want to throw that out. I do, however, suggest that businesses can create quantum leaps. And the difference between the two processes is what defines leadership.
So, where do I start? I ask: What’s the difference between a manager and a leader? Managers become managers because
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
As a society, we continuously contemplate the meaning of life. In trying to define the reason for being, we attempt to understand the purpose of our own lives. That said, how do you know your purpose?
Some believe that purpose can be derived from
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
When I first meet with a client, I tell them something profound. Within the first 20 minutes of that meeting, I tell them they are still making decisions as a five year old. In every single case, they tell me that that does not apply to them. Over the next 90 minutes, they say something different. They come to the