Month: August 2015

The 4 R’s of Executing Change

The new, bold vision is revealed with dramatic fanfare. This year, the CEO boasts, we will reach new heights, delight customers, improve profits, and preserve the environment. The newcomers in the room feel a sense of excitement and relish the vivid picture of success, but you just roll your eyes and sulk back to your […]

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Fall in Love with the Problem, Not the Solution

Imagine you have a brilliant idea to start a company. A lightning-bolt of inspiration led you to invent a razor blade for daily shaving that pivots more gently with special blades that last longer. You’re totally focused on this product idea as you raise money and launch your business.  Unfortunately, you’re complete focus on your new solution […]

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What’s Missing?

The ultra-quiet, high speed fan that’s missing an on/off switch. The gorgeous print ad in a national magazine that’s missing a website address. The sales pitch that dumps facts yet never inspires action. What’s missing? Much of modern business work involves either creating something new (writing a news story, preparing a legal brief, designing a […]

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The Long Shot (ASAE Edition)

Yesterday, the annual meeting & expo for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) kicked off with much anticipation and fanfare.  While you may not be familiar with this organization, they represent 21,000 members in over 9,000 organizations in 50+ countries.  These are the folks that hold those big conventions, bringing millions of dollars of business to […]

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How Bureaucracy Can Kill

Last week, 154 people came within minutes of losing their lives. The cause of this near-death experience? Bureaucracy. On July 23, Allegiant Airlines Flight 426 radioed to air traffic control in Fargo, N.D., upon approach. The pilot told the tower he was critically low on fuel and needed clearance to land within the next five […]

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