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    What’s Holding YOU Back?

    by  • January 20, 2014 • Human Resources, Leadership, Life • 5 Comments

    Chains6“What is holding you back?” is the fundamental question everyone should answer BEFORE setting goals, objectives and resolutions for the New Year. This applies to your personal life and your professional life. I know nothing of your personal life, but I do know a thing or two about business life, having lived there more years than I care to remember.

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    Retired? 7 Insights on Getting Back in the Game

    by  • November 18, 2013 • Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Strategy • 0 Comments

    retire-work-road-sign1Twenty years have passed since I sat in the corner office of a multinational consumer goods organization. Five years ago I removed my consulting shingle from the home office wall. Am I happy in the CEO afterlife? You bet. I’m busy pursuing other dreams that are inspirational and meaningful. So why, you might ask, would I come out of retirement and accept a temporary assignment in the C-suite of a business in America.

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    The Latest in Corporate Bail Outs – Women

    by  • October 7, 2013 • Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Strategy, Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Quit2When I left corporate life, the glass in the ceiling suppressing the advancement of women to the C-suite was beginning to show cracks. Today, there’s a venerable list of female executives who have shattered that glass and gone on to illustrious careers as successful CEOs. One might think the likes of Melissa Mayer (Yahoo!), Laura Sen (BJ’s Wholesale Club), Ellen Kullman (DuPont), and Indra K. Nooyi (Pepsi) would inspire more and more women to seek greater responsibility in the corporate world. Not necessarily so.

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    Is Political Correctness Coming to a Brand near You?

    by  • February 17, 2013 • Branding, Leadership, Life, Marketing, Strategy • 0 Comments

    rhinoEarls Restaurants is a very popular casual dining chain with 64 outlets in Canada, Arizona, Washington and Colorado. Twenty-five years ago, they launched a whimsical brand of beer called Albino Rhino. I don’t know why they chose that name – maybe it had something to do with the white rhino’s keen sense of smell or the fact that the species is endangered. One thing’s for sure; Earls didn’t intend to demean or humiliate people with albinism. Yet, someone with albinism launched a human-rights complaint. Now Earl’s is pulling the Albino Rhino brand and considering a new name.

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    A Canadian’s Tribute to US Thanksgiving

    by  • November 20, 2012 • Leadership, Life

    State-of-America1-150x150Last year, I came out of retirement to take a temporary assignment in southern California. This meant moving to Ventura from British Columbia for the better part of a year. I happened to be there for the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving in America is a much bigger deal than it is above the 49th parallel. The days surrounding the holiday are the most travelled of the year. Families and friends come together to give thanks. Strangers wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Americans believe no one should be alone on this important day. I’m certain that’s the reason my wife and I were invited to Thanksgiving dinner by people we barely knew. 

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    In Praise of Average Joes

    by  • November 13, 2012 • Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Strategy

    MVPThe times have changed, but the business tools that determine success or failure have not. Companies, large and small, cannot survive without great leadership, sound strategy and flawless execution. Those that thrive go a step further; they breathe culture. And what, in a nutshell, is culture? Culture is meaningful work, well done.

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    Inspiration from The Daffodil Principle

    by  • August 25, 2012 • Life

    DaffodilToday I received an e-mail of The Daffodil Principle. I’d read it a number of years ago but had forgotton the important message. Spend a couple of minutes reading Jaroldeen Asplund Edwards’ beautiful story. If it inspires you, pass it on and benefit another.

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    The Gulf Spill: BP Still Doesn’t Get It

    by  • April 26, 2012 • Branding, Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Marketing, Strategy

    Gulf Spill(First published in Forbes.com, April 20, 2012) Two years have now passed since the explosion at BP’s deep-water rig in the Gulf of Mexico. In the aftershock, the world watched BP and its chief executive, Tony Hayward, make blunder after blunder while their crude continued to gush, literally and figuratively. BP’s talk about caring for the environment was for naught, as its actions failed to match its message. And although the company finally fired Hayward, paid restitution, enhanced its drilling standards, and sponsored several feel-good TV commercials, it has failed to regain the trust it supposedly covets. Why? Because the public still holds the view that BP is dealing with the Gulf disaster’s fallout not because it wants to but because it has to.

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