Business is a game, and as with all games, the team that puts the best people on the field and gets them playing together wins. It’s that simple. - Jack Welch

Business is a game, and as with all games, the team that puts the best people on the field and gets them playing together wins. It’s that simple. - Jack Welch

“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.”   - Leonardo da Vinci

…so it is with what we do in our lives.  Live in the moment and be mindful of what is happening in the present and not be distracted by the past or the future.  I believe this to be a key ingredient for exceptional creative thinking, whether it be painting the Mona Lisa or designing the next package for Kraft foods.

“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.”   - Leonardo da Vinci

…so it is with what we do in our lives.  Live in the moment and be mindful of what is happening in the present and not be distracted by the past or the future.  I believe this to be a key ingredient for exceptional creative thinking, whether it be painting the Mona Lisa or designing the next package for Kraft foods.

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Expect The Unexpected
I use this phrase quite often and people will ask what I mean?  For me it’s simply a recognition of uncertainty in our world and that while we may have expectations on how things will turn out, rarely do they follow the script we prescribe.  The observant one will watch for unexpected details to emerge and learn from them because it is in these unexpected clues where our understanding develops.  Be patient, be observant, don’t assume, suppress your bias, and allow the data to lead.  Be open to ideas that differ from your own and be willing the accept conclusions that are counter to your expectations.
Fun Fact:  Apparently, this phrase has been used at least as far back as Heraclitis (535BC-475 BC).

Expect The Unexpected

I use this phrase quite often and people will ask what I mean?  For me it’s simply a recognition of uncertainty in our world and that while we may have expectations on how things will turn out, rarely do they follow the script we prescribe.  The observant one will watch for unexpected details to emerge and learn from them because it is in these unexpected clues where our understanding develops.  Be patient, be observant, don’t assume, suppress your bias, and allow the data to lead.  Be open to ideas that differ from your own and be willing the accept conclusions that are counter to your expectations.

Fun Fact:  Apparently, this phrase has been used at least as far back as Heraclitis (535BC-475 BC).

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Adaptable leaders expect the unexpected and continuously adjust to the changing conditions of their environment.  Avoid the rigidity of rules and the certainty of known solutions.  Embrace the ambiguity of the unknown and encourage your team’s discovery through questioning guidance, tolerance of thought, and encouragement of risk.  

Adaptable leaders expect the unexpected and continuously adjust to the changing conditions of their environment.  Avoid the rigidity of rules and the certainty of known solutions.  Embrace the ambiguity of the unknown and encourage your team’s discovery through questioning guidance, tolerance of thought, and encouragement of risk.  

Trust is the foundation upon which great leaders bring people together. It’s not something that comes easily; its not something you can delegate; nor is it something you can mandate.  Leaders must earn trust through their behaviors, integrity, and by impassioned commitment to their team.  Most of all, they earn it by standing for something.  If you stand for nothing, you can’t be trusted.

Trust is the foundation upon which great leaders bring people together. It’s not something that comes easily; its not something you can delegate; nor is it something you can mandate.  Leaders must earn trust through their behaviors, integrity, and by impassioned commitment to their team.  Most of all, they earn it by standing for something.  If you stand for nothing, you can’t be trusted.

Uncertainty

Sitting down by the highway
Looking down the road
Waiting for a ride
I don’t know where I’ve been
Wishing I could fly away
Don’t know where I’m going
Wishing I could hide
Oh God this is some shape I’m in
When the only thing that makes me cry
Is the kindness in my baby’s eye

- Jackson Browne, ‘Sleeps Dark and Silent Gate’

Uncertainty can test your confidence, beg you to withdraw, avoid, and run away.  While confidence may ebb and flow, there is comfort in being able to retreat to the inner strengths that define your character.  Believe in the good and it will make you strong.

Leaps of Faith
In the course of our lives, we all face moments where we must change in order to reach what we aspire to.  The outcome is rarely what we may predict but have faith that what emerges will be a better and stronger you.

Leaps of Faith

In the course of our lives, we all face moments where we must change in order to reach what we aspire to.  The outcome is rarely what we may predict but have faith that what emerges will be a better and stronger you.

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The Essence of Teamwork

I’m gonna find myself a girl 
Who can show me what laughter means 
And we’ll fill in the missing colors 
In each other’s paint-by-number dreams 

- Jackson Browne, The Pretender

These are some of my favorite lyrics… not just because of the impassioned feelings they evoke but also because I see them as a metaphor for the essence of teamwork.  Very seldom do we achieve anything great on our own as most human achievement happens through the collaboration of many.  We build upon the work of others; we make contributions; or we facilitate the creative process. Working together, we fill in the missing colors of each other’s paint-by-number dreams.  And, underlying it all, are bonds of teamwork based upon love and commitment to a common purpose that is buoyed by our sense of creative freedom and joy of laughter.

Leadership is not defined by title, by birth, or by status.  Rather, it is determined by how you affect the people you serve; the progress and growth you facilitate; by the integrity of your character; and by the light you shine upon the world around you.  - Steve Burton

Leadership is not defined by title, by birth, or by status.  Rather, it is determined by how you affect the people you serve; the progress and growth you facilitate; by the integrity of your character; and by the light you shine upon the world around you.  - Steve Burton

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Boundaries placed upon us by others, whether intentional or not, can only limit our empowerment if we allow it.  Be fearless in the face of repression and strive to reach beyond what others perceive your capabilities to be.

Boundaries placed upon us by others, whether intentional or not, can only limit our empowerment if we allow it.  Be fearless in the face of repression and strive to reach beyond what others perceive your capabilities to be.

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Purposeful leadership pays attention to the small details of team dynamics. It is often the small ingredients that deliver the biggest return for your investment.  Reflective listening, for example, is a powerful means of showing respect for your people while simultaneously encouraging them to explore their unique ideas and perspectives.  Trust and confidence builds.  Suddenly, without warning, their discoveries emerge and they explode in an event of unexpected contribution.

Purposeful leadership pays attention to the small details of team dynamics. It is often the small ingredients that deliver the biggest return for your investment.  Reflective listening, for example, is a powerful means of showing respect for your people while simultaneously encouraging them to explore their unique ideas and perspectives.  Trust and confidence builds.  Suddenly, without warning, their discoveries emerge and they explode in an event of unexpected contribution.

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Expect the Unexpected

Whenever executing a project or in living life, you should always be mindful of the risks.  The unexpected may be lurking behind the next corner ready to pounce.  Expecting the unexpected is the essence of a risk mitigation strategy but can be difficult to grasp or easy to ignore. Without it, you may be toast.  However, if you are on your guard, you can react quickly, with confidence, and proceed to a place of safety.

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face”

— Mike Tyson….  on strategy and the role of uncertainty
Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face”

— Mike Tyson….  on strategy and the role of uncertainty

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A common mistake people make is drawing conclusions from limited observation that is not based on data.  A human weakness, we often see what we want to see rather what reality is.  Whether it relates to a relationship issue or the financial crisis, it’s best to examine it from different perspectives and corroborate your observations with sufficient data to be able to make decisions with confidence.  Appearances can be deceiving! 

A common mistake people make is drawing conclusions from limited observation that is not based on data.  A human weakness, we often see what we want to see rather what reality is.  Whether it relates to a relationship issue or the financial crisis, it’s best to examine it from different perspectives and corroborate your observations with sufficient data to be able to make decisions with confidence.  Appearances can be deceiving! 

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We often create overly complex processes when simpler solutions suffice. Simplify!

We often create overly complex processes when simpler solutions suffice. Simplify!

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