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A 65-Year-Old Thanksgiving Message for Today’s World

It’s Thanksgiving for those of us in the States.  It’s time to pause and reflect, and give thanks for all that we are blessed with. The following Thanksgiving message was written by Wilferd Peterson in 1952. Wilferd Arlan Peterson (1900–1995) was an American author who wrote for This Week magazine (a national Sunday supplement in […]
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Can Business Values Be Both
Utilitarian and Inspirational?

Let’s look at business values and principles from a different angle. In my opinion, it’s hard to come up with really good innovative ideas and products when people are driven by money and profits alone. It just is. But when you ask people to imagine a product or service that knocks the socks off customers, […]
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Leadership Health: Tough Choices

Leaders deal with tough choices all the time. But when it comes to their own health, they are often self-defeating and self-deceiving! I don’t buy the excuse that some of us don’t have time for exercise. Or the excuse that we don’t really need to or can’t reduce our stress levels. Here’s why: It all […]
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Leadership Behaviors: Decisions or Automatic Habits?

How much of what you do and say is based on carefully-thought out decisions? And how much of what you do and say is automatic, based on routines and habits? Take a guess: 80%-20%? 20%-80%? Your boss says one thing, you respond in your habitual way, he counters in his way, and you both end […]
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In Search of High Emotional Intelligence in CEOs

Who’s on your list of emotionally intelligent CEO’s, and more importantly, why do you put them on the list? I recently asked the first part of the question over on LinkedIn Questions, and got some really good responses. However, they were just names. I am curious why you choose the CEOs. What is it about […]
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Steve Jobs: Can Flawed Leaders Lead Great Companies?

“Can leaders with flaws still be effective in leading companies to greatness?” I asked a group of smart professionals this question over on LinkedIn. I was thinking about how someone like Steve Jobs could be effective in a leadership position in spite of his difficulties with people, and of how important emotional intelligence is in […]
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What Millennials Want from CEO’s and Leaders

There’s an interesting post over on Lisa Petrilli’s C-Level Strategies blog, What Millennials Told CEOs They Want from Leaders. (Photo: Photostock.) I’ll re-post some excerpts here before commenting: Ever wonder what Millennials would tell CEOs if they had the chance? Well, at our most recent CEO Connection Forum in LA we asked a group of […]
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Self-Deception and Reality Distortion

I just finished the Steve Jobs book, and in it they talk about Steve’s “Reality Distortion Field“. It was what allowed him to have stunning breakthroughs in product development, but at the end, may have caused his cancer to spread more rapidly. It was his way of making the unreal real. Was it self deception, […]
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Boomers and the New Youth Movement: Get Ready

There are many shifting societal changes happening right now, and I believe we are in the midst of a cultural transition including from one generation to another. It isn’t as obvious as a comet and you can’t stop it by shooting at it. It will happen whether anyone likes it or not. There is another youth […]
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On Self Deception, Congruence and Integrity

We are all masters in the art of self-deception. Congruence is something I seek in the people I meet and work with, and when it’s lacking, it disturbs me. I’ve been having discussions about this with colleagues over on LinkedIn, and want to share some valuable insights with you. For example, I have a colleague […]
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