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What Leaders Can Learn From Robin Williams

I am at the age when people I grew up idolizing, emulating, and imitating are dying. It is one of very few things about this time in my life that really sucks.

Losing idols hits on so many levels that it’s hard to take all at once. There’s the part about losing someone who shaped who we were at a point in our lives – which shapes who we are now. Losing our role model for a particular time in our lives chips away at our own youth and immortality. … Read More»

The Innovator Next Door: The Business Value of Mythbuster Employees

I’m currently working my way through the series Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters with my daughters. The premise is this: take a long-held belief or story, and put it to the reality test. For instance, one of my favorites is their test of the common expression “like a bull in a china shop.” Mythbusters ran a series of bulls through a mock china shop. You guessed it – the china was fine (bulls are “daintily” nimble and agile).

Can we use this same concept as we think about accelerating our companies towards growth and improving employee engagement? I believe we can…. Read More»

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