Are you … manipulative?

What do you think: are you manipulative? I wish there was an easy way to pause the display of this page for 60 seconds for you to think about your answer – and not just your answer, but the whole experience of reading the question and then answering. What does the question feel like? Where does it land in your body? …

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Are they values if we don’t follow them?

A few posts ago, I wrote, “Is a value really a value if one doesn’t always practice it?” In hindsight, I can’t believe I asked such a naive question. We’re humans. And therefore, we’re fallible. So of course we’re going to fail to live up to our values some of the time. This includes organizations as well as individuals. While I …

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The value of values

Did that title turn you off? I understand. Values are an eye-roller for many people. Organizational leaders love to create their core-values lists, but … how real are they? And when it’s just a bunch of nice-to-have / wish-we-followed words framed on the wall, who can blame people for rolling their eyes? Especially when we witness the mis-alignment between those nice …

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“Work is Love made visible”

I encountered this Kahlil Gibran quote  years ago on my first visit to the Esalen retreat center. I’d ventured into the kitchen to ask a question, and when I turned to leave, I saw the quote posted above the door out to the dining room. Work is Love made visible The impact was remarkable. I could easily imagine – and even feel – …

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Sustainable or endurable?

What does it mean to have a sustainable business? I don’t mean sustainable in the environmental sense. I certainly support environmental sustainability, but I’m thinking about something closer to home, closer to our day-to-day experience of being in business. Personally sustainable. A business that gives us the time and space we need to enjoy our work and also our friends, …

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What does it take?

Driving home this afternoon from having lunch with two of my favorite colleagues and friends, I was thinking … what does it take to be successful? We’d talked about this at lunch – not directly, but indirectly in the things we said about our own businesses and about the people we meet at different types of networking events. What does …

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The myth of the Right Answer

It’s out there somewhere. The Right Answer.  The solution to whatever you’re struggling with. The Right Answer.  It’s the promise of self-help books, the siren song of marketing gurus and management guides, and the seductive allure of all those online videos selling solutions. They all profess to have the Right Answer. And when you’re trying to succeed at something – …

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