Category Archives: Strategy

I Won’t Shoot My Uncle!

Source: strangeoldpictures.com “I won’t shoot my uncle.” “I get it, John – how are you by the way?” At his second coaching session John Jr. the forty-one year old COO of a family business drew the line.  “I won’t shoot … Continue reading

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Scrooge 15 Years after the Graveyard

For Immediate Release: Announcing an International Media Event:  Sir Ebenezer Scrooge interviewed by Sir David Frost (the spirit of). London – December 23, 2014 – The Financial Times has arranged for the ghost of Sir David Frost, OBE to conduct … Continue reading

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The Budget

or If I Say It Three Times It Is True or If You Don’t Believe It… You Are Gone. He and I sit in executive black leather easy chairs on opposite sides of an amber black coffee table.  I squirm … Continue reading

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Messages from a Friend

Last week I put my iPhone, my iPad, my Mac Book Air into a white plastic screening bin at the airport.  There we go, I thought, three thousand dollars of stuff!  Then, an even more sobering idea smacked me on … Continue reading

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Scalability… is that a real word?

She had a great idea, and unlike so many dreamers, she knew how to make the idea work and acted.  Designer fabrics, specially developed, specially packaged, colorful, a catchy Marimekko with a lighter touch.   It made sense.  She’d studied design, … Continue reading

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Look Up, Look Down, Look all Around

Janet shook her head. “I don’t know. You’d think he’d understand! You would think he should know that I can do this!  You would think his cronies would have a little more patience; I just can’t wrap my head around … Continue reading

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Keep your Eye on the Ball

I was on a mini speaking tour last week.  I do this three or four times a year – go out and speak to groups of CEOs.  It helps me stay in touch with the world outside of my coaching … Continue reading

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The First Week of the New Year: Get Yourself Ready for Tomorrow

The new year finds me writing a piece about the entrepreneur’s journey, a kind of parable.  It’s turning out to be a longer piece than I originally intended.  But as I write this parable, and as I remember and relate … Continue reading

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These People

On the surface, it was simply a business planning meeting. Underneath, well, have a read. What we call business is nothing so bland as the word implies, even at a mundane sounding event convened to do planning. Terms like “supply … Continue reading

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W o r k… a dialogue.

One Day I Asked…. Why do you work? I need to make a living, I need to eat. Yes, but why do you work? Well I want to get on in the world, get a car, buy a nice sofa, … Continue reading

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