Leaders Don’t Duck or Whine

Encapsulated in two short minutes of video, many of us this week saw contemporary examples of the very best and worst of leadership behavior. In Washington, DC, we saw two pompous United States senators hiding behind Christmas of all things, in a lame effort to avoid debating and voting on ...

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Effective Business Integration is More Than Just a Paint Job

Upon returning from a trip to the Florida Keys Saturday, I saw a bright, shiny, freshly painted Delta Air Lines 747-400 jet parked at the adjacent gate as we pulled into Terminal E at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. In all likelihood, the plane recently bore the markings of Northwest ...

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One More Time – Appearances Can Be Deceiving: Thank You Susan Boyle

People who have had the pleasure of meeting Wal-Mart founder, Sam Walton, or blind mountain climber, Erik Weihenmayer have quickly come to grips with the fact that appearances can be deceiving – very deceiving. In neither case do initial appearances suggest their respective incredible ...

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Renewing Our Faith and Our Hope

Sometimes when putting together a new presentation, I visit the archives of great speeches done by others in search of useful perspective and maybe a quote or two. Such is the case today, as I work on a presentation for a group of health care professionals. Tipped off by an email from Brett ...

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Save Money with Used Books

A voracious reader, I’m only too happy to put in the extra book work that a career as an author and public speaker require. It’s one of the best ways I’ve  found of quickly gathering source material or perspective on a topic. Though our town has a beautiful new library, the selection of ...

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Yes They Did… Yes We Can!

Tuesday, on the back of three little words, Barack Obama will take the helm of a country that is not flying much better than the A320 jet that a US Airways crew miraculously landed in New York’s frigid Hudson River last week. With a nation engaged in two shooting wars, an economy and financial ...

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Let’s Do More Than Say Thanks

Let’s keep it short, sweet, and simple today. Amidst all the hoopla about our limping economy, new (?) tide of politicians, and terrorist attacks in India, let’s get beyond ourselves and say a special thank you to the brave men and women of the U.S. military who have forgone stock ...

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Think Sustainable Employment Practices, Too

Much is being written and said these days about sustainability as it pertains to environmental, economic, and social activities. Because of an increasingly global arena, and factors such as overpopulation, the need to maintain commerce at a high level, lack of education and the like, achieving ...

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