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Constipation Rules: An Innovative Solution?

Have you ever been in the restroom when somebody is speaking on his or her cellphone? It can be downright embarrassing. I’m probably breaching some corporate etiquette in sharing this story. “What happens behind the white door should stay behind the white door.” If you have a delicate constitution, do not read on ….

Red Flags: Do You Read and Heed Them?

Life has taught me that the big fights start with the second punch. Of course, I’m not talking about physical fights. Most of us avoid these! But it has been my observation that the second speaker in any inflammatory exchange determines if the dispute erupts into a nasty argument or slides away unremembered. Nature provides…

When Wall Street Sneezes …

It’s flu season! If your world is anything like mine, you’re surrounded by glazed eyes, shiny faces and husky voices. Which made me think … is there anything we can learn from the human immune system to keep our organizations healthy?

Hewlett-Packard and the Death of the Elephant

In October, 2014, Hewlett-Packard announced plans to separate into two new publicly traded Fortune 50 companies. Described as “the biggest separation that has even been done”, the announcement made me think about two cellular processes that define life itself – conception and cell division.

4 Natural Success Traits for Your Organization

Sometimes I sit and dream about being CEO of the most successful company in the world. I’m sure we all do. Then we return our efforts to making our own organization world-class. So, to start the New Year, I decided to explore one of the most successful organizations on the planet to find a few…

Human Nature: Oxymoron, or Leverageable Insight?

Leaders around the world start their annual journey this week towards corporate missions, goals and objectives. They are surrounded by their greatest assets, their people. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. For many, the greatest challenge remains motivating and aligning their human capital behind common goals. I would like to share with you the secret to getting…

A Navy Seal’s Lesson in Performance (and Rest)

I was honored to watch a retired US Navy Seal at work with a young trainee. The senior officer was taking the aspirant seal through a legendary military institution – the obstacle course, or “O-Course”. The experience was inspiring in many ways. This master soldier taught me a lesson that is highly relevant for all…

Corporate Extinction: Good Force, or Bad Management?

“Mayday, Mayday”, the intercom blared in the Corporate Crisis Center (CCC). Another major global institution shuddered like an ancient dinosaur. The calm voice of the controller broke through the turmoil. “MacDonald’s is on the watch-list; status endangered; begin advanced life support, but do not resuscitate. If it’s their time, it’s their time.”

Lessons in Success from Nature’s Villains and Heroes?

Why do we view some animals as heroes and others as villains? The lioness will always be painted as the queen of the jungle, while the hyena is hated. In nature, each has their place, each performs a role; no judgment. Would we be better served in our professional (and personal) lives if we too…