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Should a Thank You Note Make National News?

Almost two weeks ago now, a thank you note from JJ Abrams, the director of the new Star Wars movie, made national news. As the movie made some additional cast announcements, that note was front-and-center again today.

No doubt, this was a really good thank you note. See for yourself…… Read More»

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In Defense of Entitlement

A recent conversation with my son, left me feeling quite unsettled. The topic was work ethic. As we discussed my short stint in retail work, I commented that my generation had a much better work ethic than his generation. I might even have been a bit boastful about it.

I expected him to defend his generation, or at least try to excuse the actions of “some” as not being indicative of “all.” That is NOT what happened next. … Read More»

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12 Ways to Steal Passion Like An Artist

Passion and purpose have always been strong motivators for me right behind not getting shot–again. There must be an equal balance of the two to achieve optimal results because a passion without purpose is akin to an untamed fire hose—it just sprays everything in its path with no direction, no guidance. Similarly, purpose without the passion to support it is the very feeling of creative tension we experience when we know what we want but take no action to “get there.”… Read More»

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Humanity And The Future World Of Work

It is hard to imagine another time in history where we have seen the pace of change we are experiencing in business today. One of the most prolific changes, which some describe as an era shift, is the new standard for companies to make meaning and make money, a focus on mission and margin. The mission, the difference businesses are being asked to make in the world, must have a positive, lasting impact in human terms as the expectations for conscious capitalism continue to rise…. Read More»

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Why You Should Pay Your Employees More Than You Must

If you’re a consultant, contractor, speaker, or some manner of service provider, and if you’re really good at what you do, then the following is for you.

If you’re an employer, and you aren’t struggling financially, and if you want to attract, keep, and get the most out of top talent, then it’s also for you, though you’ll have to take your employee’s perspective as you read…. Read More»

The Ascendency of Women is the Future of Work

The Shift Age began in the middle part of the last decade and will probably last until 2030. This will be the age where all the social, economic, political and cultural gender inequalities of the past ages will be undone.

If you take a 50-year arc from 1975 to 2025, we are now almost 80% through this arc. There will be as much movement toward gender equality in the last 20% of this arc as there was in the first 80%. That is saying a lot because the time since the mid-70s was perhaps the greatest movement to equal rights for women in history…. Read More»

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An All-Call for a New Style of Leadership

Over the past 10 years, the world has changed dramatically. The enormous increases in globalization and in technology, the power of “social media” to upend everything from buying behavior to political campaigns, the explosion of information resulting in increased customer knowledge and expectations are just some of the significant developments that forever changed the way we conduct business. … Read More»

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