Faith and Brutal Reality- The Stockdale Paradox

June 4, 2010

Admiral Jim Stockdale was a prisoner of war (POW) in Vietnam. Jim Collins writes about him in Good to Great. Stockdale was imprisoned for 8 years from 1965 to 1973 and tortured over 20 times. As a prisoner he did everything in his power to create conditions that would increase the likelihood that he and his fellow prisoners would survive…

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Are You Addicted to Drama?

August 4, 2009

This post is a cut and paste from David Emerald’s recent TED Letter.  I am respecting the copyright requirements by not editing the content to make a short and snappy post. Despite the length, I feel the post is worth a read which is why I am including it here. Check out The Power of TED for more. It is a simple story with a powerful message. In the…

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Sharing Makes A Better "Idea" Soup

June 27, 2009

I recently had an idea for a really cool coaching concept and I shared it with my friend and coaching colleague Tanya Geisler. Now we are partnering on the idea and getting more excited about it each time we meet about it.  In parallel, the notion of hoarding (things, information) versus sharing has crossed my radar a few times (and you may…

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Business Problems = Personal Problems in Disguise!

May 14, 2009

The notion that business problems are personal problems in disguise I believe can be traced to Thomas Leonard, the father of modern life and business coaching. It’s simple.  Businesses are run by people. And as you know, people have problems from time to time. On the surface, it is easy to accept that some business problems are personal problems but all business…

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Difficult Conversations for Business Owners

April 24, 2009

You have made a decision to let a longstanding employee go because she no longer adds value to your company; your number one supplier is slipping badly and if they don’t improve, you are going to contract with another supplier; you need to tell your wife you are going on a week long golf trip with your buddies (and you neglected…

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