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When Being One of the Best isn’t Good Enough

The corruption of the Olympics is pretty staggering but it’s not the most interesting story from the games. The real question remains: Why do elite athletes do this to themselves? I’m not trying to be glib here, either. Getting into the top percentile of anything — especially sports — is difficult, but not impossible, for almost anybody. You can […]

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How to Publicly Criticize Your Employees, Phil Jackson Style

Phil Jackson had some things to say about how the New York Knicks have been playing. Unfortunately, he told the world about it on Twitter, like someone complaining about bad dinner service at a hotel restaurant (via NY Daily News): Phil Jackson’s moves and Carmelo Anthony’s injury have left the Knicks without much of a […]

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Manage or Lead? It is Okay to do Both

If you’ve read any business blogs over the past few years, you’ve probably seen some sort of stock “Leadership is better than management” post. It always seems to be an either/or proposition, too. In that post, you’ll invariably read the author extol the power that leadership brings to typical management challenges: workers who don’t perform […]

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An Entrepreneur’s Legacy

“Hey Lance, do you have a moment?” It was my friend Chad Kreutz. We’ve known each other for five and a half years, been good friends for most of that time and he recently moved down to Portland to take a job. We started working at the same company, QualitySmith (then RBS Interactive), within a […]

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Let’s Stop Blaming Lawyers For Business Decisions

You’ve heard it before either in the board room, an industry conference or webinar: someone heard from their legal team that they shouldn’t be engaging in some sort of new business activity. The latest version of this has been social media but it has come through the years with various regulatory and technological changes. We […]

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Get Over Yourself

So you are Mr. or Ms. Big Shot. Okay, more than likely you are Mr. or Ms. Thinks They Are A Big Shot. Maybe you have a book or a TV show or a podcast or a popular blog or a big company or a big position or a fancy car. Maybe you are known. […]

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The Only Authority That Matters Are Results

“Unthinking Respect for Authority is the Greatest Enemy of Truth” — Albert Einstein What’s fun about having your own blog is that you can juxtapose a topic like bucking authority with a quote from an authority on bucking authority. Quotes, of course, are an indicator of authority. So if Albert Einstein says we shouldn’t unquestionably respect authority, […]

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The Glass Ceiling Is Getting Thicker

I consider myself a refugee. You see, I once thought the glass ceiling didn’t exist. At least, it didn’t anymore. How could it? There were different genders, races and religions at every level in American business. We were dealing with a labor shortage too so even if companies wanted to be picky, they couldn’t afford to […]

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Good Leadership is Stupid Easy

When I was a kid, I used to play basketball all of the time. When you live in the Northwestern US, there were only two sports your could really play year round: basketball and soccer. For a good nine months, you could depend on rain interrupting your sport regularly and basketball was one where there […]

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Let’s All Hold Hands and Sing Kumbaya

My first exposure to any sort of serious form of diversity training started at the university I went to. I was on a university diversity committee, somehow suckered into the role by my boss at the time. I walked into the room and, not surprisingly, nobody looked like me. I remembered how miserable I was […]