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Never Give Up Super Bowl Lesson?

Super Bowl 51 was an amazing game Sunday evening. It was played at NRG Stadium in Houston. The picture below is from the Houston Chronicle: Until the middle of the 3rd Quarter of the game, after an exciting halftime show by Lady Gaga, the Atlanta Falcons seemed to be in…

How Well Do You Balance Your Life?

Sometimes the demands of one part of our life, work or family, consume us. Sometimes because of a crisis, sometimes because of a spike in workload or children’s sports or… sometimes just because we become consumed. These days, mobile devices link us 24/7 to the office, our bosses, our employees…

Leading With Vulnerability

  The NFL Playoffs have begun! I love seeing and feeling the passion in a Playoff game - the intensity is palatable. This week, I was also struck by the intensity and power of the hits players endure. I forget, sitting on my comfortable couch, these are 250+ pound guys,…

Do You Feel Like a Sardine?

On Saturday morning I spoke before a great audience on Cannery Row in Monterey, California. Ocean View Avenue was renamed "Cannery Row" in honor of John Steinbeck's novel, published in 1945. A film was released in 1982 and a stage production in 1995. The picture below is from According…

Hanson for President this Tuesday?

Hanson for President this Tuesday? Tuesday, in the U.S., will be a big day as we elect a new President. It's been a very contentious campaign and a lot of people will be glad to see the day come. I'd like to introduce a President from the past. This, in…

Do Something! Don’t Be A Bystander

The Train Wreck: I voted this week. What should be a moment of red, white and blue pride was far from it. I selected from two people for whom I have no respect. Yet, with the stroke of my pen, I officially advocated for one to be President of the…

It’s Not My Fault!

It’s Not My Fault! "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances." -- George Bernard Shaw I was driving to a member’s office when I noticed a bumper sticker on the truck in front of me that said “Don’t move firewood, it bugs…
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What You Can Learn From a Failed Venture

Can You Learn Something From a Failed Venture? Building a successful business doesn’t always go in a straight line. Even in failure, hopefully there are some positive outcomes. Perhaps the best of these are “lessons learned”! Case in point: A couple of years ago, I wrote an article in Becker’s…

Do You Dream Big Enough?

  "If your dreams don't scare you - they're not big enough!" I saw this sign during a recent vacation and have not been able to stop thinking about it. In fact, my wife bought me the mug for Father's Day so I can obsess on a daily basis (thanks…

How Does Your Personality Affect Your Leadership?

After the death of Steve Jobs, Tim Cook was selected as the CEO of Apple, Inc. Cook's personality is very different from his predecessor's, and just like you, his personality influences how he leads his company. There are many ways to evaluate personalities and my preferred system is The Enneagram…
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