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    Why Leaders Believe that Tomorrow is a Better Place

    by  • April 13, 2015 • Branding, Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Marketing, Strategy • 2 Comments

    g9600_elonB.inddTo every one of us, the future is important. Maybe it’s because the future is where we are going to spend the rest of our lives. Or could it be something more, something about the human spirit that has us looking ahead to a better future for ourselves, our families, and every living thing on the planet. One thing is for sure; you won’t get to a better future without foresight.

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    The Power of Strategic Sacrifice in a Complex World

    by  • January 14, 2015 • Branding, Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Marketing, Strategy • 1 Comment

    LargeDo Less Better isn’t the first book on focus, nor will it be the last. But the element that separates this book from the others is the “how” – how one finds focus in a business world that is more complex than ever. All the way from the C-suite’s choice of markets in which to compete to a person’s daily “to do” list, the “how” is the capacity to make tough strategic choices and tough strategic sacrifices.

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    Who Makes Resolutions Come True? YOU

    by  • December 27, 2014 • Branding, Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Marketing, Strategy, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    fingerThe approaching New Year invites the contemplation of resolutions. Before setting them, I’d like to suggest that you consider a fundamental question before setting goals and objectives for your personal life and your professional life. The question is this: What’s holding you back? Now, its fair to say that 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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    Want to Cut Complexity? Kill Your Darlings.

    by  • December 7, 2014 • Branding, Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Marketing, Strategy • 0 Comments

    2dPic (3)There are plenty of generic strategic choices to drive a business forward. Risk-averse CEOs find comfort in the doing more of the same’ strategic mode. Yet, when things get tough, they quickly knee-jerk into ‘doing more of the same, with less.’ Some leaders strive for scale by ‘doing more with less,’ usually meaning fewer employees. Optimists favor ‘doing more with more,’ placing bets that higher sales and profits will pay for the added investments in headcount or technologies; we’ve all been there at one time or another.

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    The Moral of Workplace Morale

    by  • June 16, 2014 • Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Strategy • 0 Comments

    WholeFoodsWhen it comes to workplace morale, there is no shortage of articles suggesting the ways and means to build and/or enhance cultures that motivate employees to deliver the goods. Beyond their intent to boost morale, the commentaries have one thing in common – the counsel is generic. In other words, the pundits inherently assume that their morale-lifting tactics and strategies apply to any organization, no matter the product or service in which they are engaged. They are correct in this regard. But, there is a catch. One cannot assume a constant success rate because there is more at play.

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    Brand NBA: A Sterling Silver Case of Crisis Management

    by  • April 30, 2014 • Branding, Leadership, Life, Marketing, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    clippersCall it a hiccup or a long-term slump; large or small, every business faces a crisis. The crisis can be brought on by a direct competitor (Blockbuster trumped by Netflix), a sudden shift in consumer habits (The Beatles haircuts on Brylcreem Hairdressing), a product recall (GM’s ignition switches), the mishandling of an environmental disaster (BP‘s oil spill), or the personal misbehavior of an executive.

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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. 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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