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Beginnings and Endings

“In the beginning….” People of Christian tradition know the words.  Just say “In the beginning” out loud and others join in around you with “God created the heavens and the earth….” These are the opening lines of the Christian creation … Continue reading

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Rippling

A friend died recently.  It was really a fluke that we met at all, let alone became friends. I got her name because of a pick-up sticks-like jumble of intersecting acquaintances and business relationships.  We lived in different cities, so … 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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The Cat, The Fence, and Beyond

There is a scene I keep replaying in my head. I see it on an 18” antiquated television. Queue excited orchestral rising-fast-paced music. See the black and white picture of a cartoon cat running like crazy across the screen, sweat … Continue reading

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Motivating With Numbers? or You Get What You Expect Parts 2 & 3

(See Part 1 May 30, 2014 blog entry) What follows are two dialogues between the same two people about the same subject. I have chosen to present today’s story using this format because goals are good, and goals beget goal … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Nordstrom

or “Right in Front of your Eyes” Photo from Nordstrom’s blog Men’s Shop Daily “Get it Custom: Made to Measure Suiting” 2013 Mar 5 I went to buy a suit (this was thirty years ago).  I needed a dark, conservative, … Continue reading

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James the Great (Abuser)

Not a happy story…  Here he is! Crossing toward center stage, a spotlight struggling to keep up, he takes long energetic strides, long strides for a short man, long for a short plump Seville Row be-suited man, an older, plump … Continue reading

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Why Exactly Are We Doing This?

One day, about thirty-five years ago, the following happened at our seven year old computer services business.  At the time, we employed 75 people, working out of two floors of an old office building in downtown Seattle.  We were successful, … 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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