Posts filed as “Excellence”

Giving Leadership: Why Influence and Inclusion Matter More Than Ever

Paul Hiltz, President of Mercy Healthcare, might be the toughest interview I’ve had recently. But for reasons you might not expect. It’s not because he isn’t articulate. He is widely praised for his ability to clearly communicate a compelling vision of the future. His mind is sharp. His ideas are clear. His voice is calm and assuring….

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The 8 Sources of True Confidence

Whether you think you can, or you can’t — you’re right. – Henry Ford Confidence. That elusive je ne sais quoi quality. It’s like art, you know it when you see it. You know it when you feel it. The thing is, confidence isn’t summoned on demand from the heavens. Confidence isn’t brought on by…

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Quitting is easy. Living with Quitting is Hard

Your son doesn’t like 7th grade band? Let him quit. Training for that marathon is too hard? Just quit. Feeling frustrated or detached from your work. Quit. It’s easy. Tired of not making progress on your writing project? Drop it, lose it, let it go. Yah! That felt good. Go to Google and start typing “top…

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How’s the Boss?

Research compiled and beautifully presented by Susan Wegener and the good people of Best Masters Degrees. Enjoy!…

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You are Successful. But Distracted. Possibly Bored. What Happened?

You are successful. You worked hard for years with laser focus developing unique and sought-after expertise that no one else could quite replicate at your company. It paid off. You are highly valued. People ask your opinion. They invite you to join projects. They buy you drinks. But lately you are distracted, almost bored. It’s not…

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You don’t have to choose between creative and valuable

Andy Cohen was a marketing ad agency guy back in the day when Direct Response TV ads were considered tawdry, cheap ways of marketing. The kind of TV advertising that kept asking you to CALL NOW! It was the domain of late night used car and vacuum salesmen. Brand businesses wouldn’t touch it. Andy helped…

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Yes, You Will Succeed: Three Keys to Building Persistence.

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King Back in the early 90s we used to go to a club in Charlottesville VA to see Dave Matthews and his band play. It was free to get in. One time we drove there and…

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Five Traits of Leaders Working at Scale

It’s not a glorious job. And would likely be completely forgettable, if not for the frantic brushing down the ice. It’s distracting until you figure out that they are actually making the stone go faster by polishing the ice in front of the sliding stone. Sometimes I wonder if they accidentally bump into the other stones…

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Make the comfortable uncomfortable

I coach lacrosse with my friend Pete. Coach Pete, who played Division I lacrosse back in the day, certainly looks the part. Big, fast, strong, and possessing a booming voice, one would think the new kids on the team would be intimidated by him, and only the seasoned players would be the ones who would…

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Jumping the Shark and the beginning of the end

Colgate once introduced a line of dinner entrees. Harley-Davidson rolled out their own perfume. The Fonz jumped his Shark. And you may remember the tragic 77 days of mourning when New Coke was on the market. But Coca-Cola marketing executive Sergio Zyman couldn’t bear just one product disaster, so he then championed the release of…

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