Never Confuse Niceness with Weakness

Human nature can have its flaws. We sometimes project one thing on another when the linkage is all wrong. We see a wildly barking dog and we equate the bark with the bite. Very often, as we learn, it’s not the case. The bark is worse than the bite. Naturally, we equate tough talk with tough people. Again, not always the case. Donald Trump talks tough. But beyond the mere fact he can physically stand up, there is little evidence to suggest he has anything resembling a spine. From hanging on Daddy’s coattails to get his start in business; to dodging military service with the most questionable of excuses; to blaming others and refusing to have the strength to admit mistakes or take responsibility; the man is a poster boy for weakness. No, tough talk does not equate with tough people.

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The Dark Side of Social Media

Like all things in life, social media such as Facebook and Twitter are double-edged swords, meaning they cut both ways. There is a good side and a bad side. There are many things to love about Facebook: being able to find old friends, keeping up with loved ones across the globe, making easy contact. It’s a long list of wonderful benefits. But these benefits come with a price: a loss of privacy. And, whether people realize it or not, we are being watched. Every single one of us. It’s way beyond stalkers and people who want to cheat or harm us. It’s those who invade our privacy and do damage, thinking they have every right to do so!

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The Oft-missing Piece of the Business Puzzle

One of the saddest and most debilitating lessons a young business leader can learn is to equate increasing intelligence with increasing complexity. To equate quality with the number of PowerPoint slides or pages in a memo. Nothing could be further from the truth. Winning in business, in some shape or form, always comes down to winning with people. Whether it is appealing to consumers with a product or service or driving one’s organization to peak performance, it is a human game. You must win with people to win in business.

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Let’s Cut Millennials a Break

In the Philippines, I interview Millennials every week. I see so many superb young people who are juggling school, jobs, helping provide for a wider family, and enduring daily commutes that would destroy most people. If there is ever a truism in life, it is this: “Every generation trashes the succeeding generation, calls them spoiled and undisciplined, and laments the future of the world in their hands.”

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Great Leaders Break Paradigms

We are presently nearing the end of the holy month of Ramadan, where the Muslim world fasts for a month during daylight hours to commemorate the revealing of the Quran to the prophet Mohammed. From a societal perspective, Ramadan is a wonderful and unifying time when everyone sacrifices together in unity; however, for some businesses, Ramadan is a difficult time. Or so they believe.

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