First Who… Then What

“The old adage ‘People are your most important asset’ is wrong. People are not your most important asset. The right people are.” – Jim Collins In order for a "good" company to transition into a "great" company, they must have a culture that embodies Disciplined...

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Level 5 Leadership

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” – Andrew Carnegie Richard's Software Development Company was floundering. He suspected that it was his own leadership, but he wasn't quite sure how to...

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Make the Leap

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” – Henry Ford So many companies find themselves themselves plodding along simply defining success as “not going out of business.” It doesn’t have to be this way, but since so many direct competitors find themselves in the same...

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New Year’s Resolutions – Focus

“My success, part of it certainly, is that I have focused in on a few things.” — Bill Gates In the first post of this series, we discussed how over 200 million Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, and how only about 8% of them actually see them through to the end....

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New Year’s Resolutions – Be SMART

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” – Pablo Picasso Daniel’s squishy goal of “finish my novel,” had just been reenergized by...

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New Year’s Resolutions – A Case Study

Daniel is a aspiring young author. He has countless outlines and story ideas, but between his work obligations, and time with his family, he has little time to finish the novel he’s been working on. While making his list of goals for the New Year, he lightly scrawled...

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Just Noticeable Difference (JND)

Charlie’s inner introvert cringed when his buddy invited him to a networking event. That was three years ago. Today, Charlie begins every day during the week attending networking events all around town. What changed? How did Charlie go from dreading having to engage...

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