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Chicken Soup and The Rule of Five for Your Success

Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen became famous (and rich) as the authors of “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”   Writing a great book is one thing….getting others to think it might be (and to buy it) is quite another.   They solved their promotional dilemma  by adopting what they call the “Rule

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Who is the Father of Management: Drucker or Caesar?

The late Peter Drucker was often referred to as “the man who invented management.”  While Drucker’s contribution to the canon of management is legendary, he certainly was not the first to comment on or grapple with the art and science of managing subordinates. Jerry Toner, a professor of classical studies

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Be Stoic Before Being Heroic

Heroes are people who choose the difficult when they don’t have to, including a difficult philosophy of life.   Start your day with a few observations from one of antiquity’s greatest CEOs, the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and another “thought leader” of that era, the philosopher Seneca .  Aurelius’  “Meditations”

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From the Brink of Extinction to Winner: Are there Lessons for Your Company?

We celebrate comebacks, like so many other events, because they are rare.  These stories are valuable because, as John Henry Newman observed over 100 years ago, “history offers lessons, not rules.”   A turnaround for the times is a company that came back from the brink of oblivion to a level

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5 Habits of Highly Annoying Leaders

Many executives are constantly asking “how can I be better?” and “‘what can I do differently?”  As important as that question is, an equally important question is what should I stop doing?  Maybe a good place to start would be this article: Five Habits of Highly Annoying Leaders .  After reading this article, ask yourself,

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Are You a Member of the 8% Club?

Every year, I have good (no I mean great) intentions of achieving my goals for the ensuing year. I even print out my wheel of life (you can find this here) and take an inventory of where I am and where I need to invest some effort to improve my

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Knowing something does nothing…Doing something does

I was relaxing on my vacation last week and reading a book by Brene Brown – Daring Greatly.  It was a good read and I highly recommend it for those who want to grow their leadership skills. One of those ‘light goes off’ moments was when she discussed (as a leader), the

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When Great Processes Create Bad PR

Ralph Waldo Emerson warned us that “Foolish consistencies are the hobgoblins of little minds.”  To which most  CEOs would say “But good processes create great results.”   But what happens when an unanticipated situation presents itself to an unprepared employee? .    You train employees in your processes…..do you train them to recognize when the

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Leadership, Leverage and Legacy

When reflecting on my life and how grateful I am with all our blessings, I can’t stop thinking about leadership and what it means to each of us.  Leadership, the ability to inspire others by eliciting their support and aid towards achieving a goal is a contact sport.  We can not sit

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Scrooge on Leadership : Why “A Christmas Carol” Should be Required Reading in Business Schools

If asked what work of fiction is most identified with the Holiday Season, most would immediately say Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.   To the casual reader, Ebenezer Scrooge is portrayed as a despicable miser who does not well represent the private sector.    But it may be that a more thoughtful reading

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