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Back to School and Work

Back to School and Work

Anyone else notice something different in the air at the office? It might be the first whiffs of the famous/infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte filling the air, or it might be the buzz of kinetic energy signaling that we have just started to enter the most productive few...

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The Six Infinity Stones of Business Transformation

The Six Infinity Stones of Business Transformation

[WARNING: Infinity War spoilers ahead] In the world of Marvel, having all six of the Infinity Stones (or Gems) can enable someone like Thanos to extinguish half of all life in the universe with a snap of his fingers. In the world of business transformation, having all...

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Am I Really That Reliant on… Slack?

Am I Really That Reliant on… Slack?

I remember the day a couple years back when I was working at home and had no power but still had internet. It was a trade I was very willing to make - I am very aware of how reliant I am on my internet connectivity. This morning, Slack's connectivity has been spotty....

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How Golf Made Me Rethink Work

How Golf Made Me Rethink Work

For years, people have told me I need a hobby. (I guess building a company and raising a couple of kids doesn’t count). Regardless, I’m happy to report that I finally have one: I am absolutely obsessed with my golf game. And those people were right – it is good for...

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Leading Yourself to Better Remote Meetings

Leading Yourself to Better Remote Meetings

Name a common work activity that makes you feel uncomfortable. Was it leading meetings? If so, you’re not alone; many people find that leading meetings can be quite stressful. You might think, then, that remote meetings, with their web conferencing and dial-in lines,...

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Business Transformation’s Parallel Universe

Business Transformation’s Parallel Universe

Early in my career, soon after I switched roles from software development to technology strategy, I worked quite a bit on business cases and strategic plans related to technology investments. I wondered why some of the best ideas, with the best-written business cases,...

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The Psychological Pitfalls of Transformational Change

The Psychological Pitfalls of Transformational Change

If you want your business to prosper long-term, history (and evolution) have taught us that you must (at critical points in time) transform in order to survive or risk wasting away into the lowly dust that the newer, more adept empires will build themselves upon. In...

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PowerPointers Episode 2 – Formatting

PowerPointers Episode 2 – Formatting

Last year, I wrote about why you shouldn't blame PowerPoint for your bad presentations. As part of my continued effort to help you make your presentations better, I've just finished Episode 2 of a ~6ish episode series I created with the intent of helping...

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KonMari Your Business Strategy

KonMari Your Business Strategy

If you were alive in 2014, then it’s likely you have heard at least some of the mania surrounding one of Time’s “100 most influential people,” Marie Kondo, and her New York Times best-selling book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, a book about decluttering your...

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Great Thoughts Come from a Healthy Culture

Great Thoughts Come from a Healthy Culture

Before I begin, I must admit some bias in writing this. I am a HUGE Amy Cuddy fan. I love her TED talk, and her book Presence is even better. I believe some of her research and writing on gender differences in body language are game changing. And, they’ve personally...

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Could Your Watch Wear You Out?

Could Your Watch Wear You Out?

Woo-woo warning: this may challenge some readers’ belief systems. A couple months ago, I started seeing a holistic doctor to help me recover from a persistent bug and to build up my immunity and strength. Part of what she does is nutritional response testing, which...

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How to Remain Diligent with a Less-Than-Stellar Memory

How to Remain Diligent with a Less-Than-Stellar Memory

I have never had a great memory. That is, except for a few random and pointless things that I can recall with great clarity for no particular reason. For example, I clearly remember when I was 12 my sister’s boyfriend telling me that smart people pressed “9-0” on the...

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Socratic Selling

Socratic Selling

Socrates, as we all know, was a famous classical Greek philosopher who lived over 2,000 years ago. Primarily through the writings of Plato we have learned about his contributions to how we think about ethics, good vs. bad, and justice. But more specifically, he...

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PowerPointers Episode 1 – Making Selections

PowerPointers Episode 1 – Making Selections

Back in May I wrote about why you shouldn't blame PowerPoint for your bad presentations, so, in an effort to help you make your presentations better, I'm releasing Episode 1 of a ~6ish episode series I created with the intent of helping you unleash the power of...

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Consulting Myths

Consulting Myths

“Oh, so you’re like the Bobs?” This is typically the first thing you hear from someone once you’ve told them you’re a consultant. Because even 18 years after “Office Space” debuted, that’s still the most culturally relevant image people have of consultants. And it’s a...

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How to Make a Merger Work

How to Make a Merger Work

It seems like every time you turn around companies are consolidating. Whether it’s an outright acquisition or a “merger of equals,” companies believe that they can create more value by joining forces than by moving forward alone. The latest attention-grabbing...

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The Challenges With a Tech-Obsessed CEO

The Challenges With a Tech-Obsessed CEO

I caught up with one of my old friends last week who had taken a new CIO gig about a year ago. At his previous company, his bosses (first the CFO and then the CEO) were primarily focused on managing IT as a cost of doing business, but his new boss is a little...

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