So, What’s your Excuse?

When I was a US Junior National coach in track and field 34 years ago, at a major competition one of my star runners ran poorly in the heats and failed to qualify for the finals. I met him as he returned to our area in the stands and asked him what happened. I can still remember the exchange like it was yesterday

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What’s Your Personal Trump Coefficient?

Like many around the world, I sit in a state of shock and downright abhorrence of the prospect of a Donald Trump US presidency. The fact that he “likely won’t win an election matchup” with the eventual Democratic nominee assuages the anguish little. He still has made it this far. And he has mobilized what can only be described as a mob of hatred and bigotry.

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Do you Want Love or Respect?

One of the most crucial roles of any leader is in coaching their teams. Developing people is at the foundation of great leaders. Nobody can do it alone, and building up the skills and capabilities of one’s team is the only sure way to sustainable success in business. Coaches must establish with their teams a basis for how coaching will work. Both the coach and the subordinates want something on a human level from this coaching relationship. The subordinate most often wants to improve, to grow, to progress through coaching, to feel the satisfaction of seeing themselves improve.

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Finding Passion in your Work

Having passion is important. It’s infectious and can inspire an organization. It drives people to achieve more than believed possible. It’s an integral part of the profile of every single great performer I have ever worked with.

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Why the Paranoid in Business Win

Like most people, I grew up with a negative connotation of the term “paranoid.” It meant a person was nuts. Someone who saw conspiracies and thought everyone was out to get them. It certainly wasn’t something to aspire to! So fast-forward a few decades, and in the year 2004 I was having an informal discussion with P&G’s iconic and transformative CEO, AG Lafley. As I was giving him an update, I apologized for “being paranoid” and hence taking a quite conservative approach to a particular project.

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